Obituary for Juanita Kannaday

Juanita Rose Kannaday was born Nov. 27, 1933 to Ted and Lydia (Dorsey) Short in Poteau and was raised in the Independence community in LeFlore County.

She later resided in Page for over 50 years. She passed peacefully from this world on the morning of Oct. 16, 2023 just a month away from her 90th birthday. She was loved dearly by countless family and friends. Juanita’s influence of love, caring and kindness toward others was far reaching and her smile and laughter were infectious. She was a one-of-a-kind precious and pure Godly soul.

Funeral service is 2 p.m. Saturday at the Big Creek Baptist Church with Dr. Philip Jones and Reverend Lynn Phillips officiating. Interment will follow in Page Cemetery, under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener.

Juanita was a devout Christian and served the Lord throughout her life. She was a member of Big Creek Baptist Church and loved her church family. Aside from her love for her Savior, Jesus Christ, she held her pride in a deep love for her family and her close friends, of whom she had many. Juanita loved nature, especially plants, flowers, birds and other wildlife. One of her favorite activities was sitting on her porch with a good cup of coffee to watch it all. Juanita was sharp-minded and quick-witted; she could work a word search puzzle in record time and tell a story of times gone past as if she were there. She was also pretty handy with a shotgun and if you were a snake in her yard you would meet your end with her .410.

Surviving family members are her three sons Bryan Charles [Becky] Johnston, Bobby Dean [Lisa] Johnston and Mark Lynn [Christy] Kannady; her sister, Lula B. Short Attebery; her grandchildren Jeff [Natalia] Lewallen, Jason [Lauren] Johnston, Jennifer Johnston, Shannon [Aaron] Ward, Tracy [Michael] Standifer, Robert Johnston, Maddie [Jonathan Anselamo] Kannady, Hannah [David] Bellgard, Jordan [Chance] Lowe, Clayton [Jolie] Kannady and 17 beautiful great grandchildren.

Juanita was preceded in death by: her husband, Carl Edward Kannady; her son, John Edward Kannady; her parents Ted and Lydia Short; her brother, Welton Bryan Short; her brother, Wilbur Short and his wife Winefred Short.

Pallbearers are Clayton Kannady, Robert Johnston, Jason Johnston, Jeff Lewallen, Butch Short and Michael Standifer. Honorary pallbearers are Sunny Brown and Stony Brown.

Viewing is from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

The family will visit with friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

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