OBITUARY

Juanita "Anita" R. Jones

December 9, 1923April 25, 2021
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Services for Juanita Reeves Jones, 97, of Canton, will be held 2 pm Friday, April 30, 2021, at Eubank Funeral Home in Canton. Interment will be in Highland Cemetery.

"Anita" was born in the Canton/Edgewood area on December 9, 1923. She graduated from Edgewood High School, where she was the Homecoming Queen. She attended Dallas Commercial College. She then joined the Ice Capades as an ice skater where she went to Hollywood and then skated around the country, touring the United States by train. She met the father of her children, George Mundelein, while traveling. They were married in Tucson, Arizona May 31, 1943. He flew overseas in WWII in the Flying Tigers. After his 5th mission, he came home. They lived on Long Island, NY and had three daughters. He was killed in a car crash in 1962. Later Anita married Thomas Morgan Prytherich, VP of J.C. Pennys. They were married for 8 years when he passed away from heart failure. She married again to Willard E. Jones who worked for Gulf Oil. In 1964 she and her family moved to Clearwater Beach, Florida. Her daughters attended Clearwater High School, University of Gainesville and University of South Florida. She and her family loved their life in Clearwater, FL. Mr. Jones died in 1971. Juanita moved back to Texas where her family resided and she lived there for 37 years. She says, "You have to be a trooper and keep busy when you grow old and go through life with a stiff upper lip and that's that! Life is what you make of it. So do your best and enjoy life." Her tombstone reads, "Thank you for coming to my party." Her life is a celebration.

Anita is survived by her two daughters: Teri Genovese and Rhonda Todd, both of Florida; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, William Noah and Lula Eugene Reeves; daughter, Sandra Harding; and ten brothers and sisters.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, April 30, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, April 30, 2021

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Sarah Podzemny

April 28, 2021

Mom just got her best friend back 😇

Tonya Grace

April 27, 2021

I was miss Jones home health nurse, and I was so blessed to have been placed with her, she was the sweetest! Definitely had a golden heart.. She became family, we had the best time, our talks, and her love for making pies, was probably the best Iv ever ate. She always wanted to do for others, giving was her favorite thing to do. I will miss her so,
Fly high my sweet friend

Tonya Grace

April 27, 2021

LOUISE DRAIN

April 27, 2021

Keep the memory of your Mom alive, and may you find the comfort you need.

Teri Genovese

April 27, 2021

Last photo of mom.

Teri Genovese

April 27, 2021

Teri Genovese

April 27, 2021

Teri Genovese

April 27, 2021

Teri Genovese

April 27, 2021

Teri Genovese

April 27, 2021

FROM THE FAMILY

Mom with her bling hat.

FROM THE FAMILY

The Reeves Homestead circa 1990.

FROM THE FAMILY

Mama and Papa Reeves, Anita's parents.

FROM THE FAMILY

All the Reeves sisters at their homestead.

FROM THE FAMILY

All the Reeves sisters circa 1950's

FROM THE FAMILY

Mom with her sisters Christine, Jackie and Vernice.

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Mom in the Ice Capades.

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Mom and her husband George Mundelein.

FROM THE FAMILY

George and Mom at the beach circa 1950's

FROM THE FAMILY

Mom in 1960.

Biography

Juanita R. Jones life was filled with energy and enthusiastic spontaneity. This was just one example of who Anita was and how she impacted those around her. Anita was a clever and fun person who always sought out the finest attributes in other people. Anita was tireless and had boundless enthusiasm that would serve her well throughout her life. She was 97 years young when she died.

She was the daughter of Lula Eugene and William Noah Reeves. Anita was raised in Canton/Edgewood area, Van Zandt County, Texas. She grew up to be quite a humorous, smart and adaptable person. While some who knew Anita might describe her as an adventurer, her friends and family understood well that Anita was always in pursuit of life’s endless possibilities and opportunities available to her.

She had 10 siblings, Helen, James, Buddy, Earleen, Vernice, Ala Mae, Willie Gene (who died in infancy), Jackie, and her two younger sisters Christine and Johnnie. Anita was very accepting and supportive of her family. She always kept a close connection with her family. These traits served Anita well in her adult life and, along with her wit, outgoing personality, and understanding of others, drew the admiration of many who knew her.

During her high school years, Anita was regularly in search of one adventure after another. She graduated from Edgewood High School in 1939. Her classmates considered Anita a good listener, knowing that, when necessary, they could go to her to discuss just about anything. She was Edgewood Homecoming Queen.

She attended Dallas Community College and J'Arts Stylist School. Anita was very adaptable, a quality that helped her make the transition from high school to college with little difficulty. As a result, Anita's thirst for new knowledge almost guaranteed that she enjoyed life. Anita was always in quest of new things to learn and experience.

With a talent for making acquaintances easily which in turn brought her an endless stream of friends, Anita was very sociable (at times 'the life of the party') and could blend without effort into any social group and discuss most any subject. Very outgoing, Anita was easy to know and demonstrated a deep concern for others. She always seemed aware of what was going on with people around her and throughout her life she made, many friends. After moving to Clearwater Beach in 1964, she became friends with hundreds of people; however, she always kept in touch with her sisters and brothers first and foremost.

Anita's empathy played an important role in her ability to take care of her children. She was tenderhearted and sensitive, qualities that served her well in helping to nurture her daughters to independent success.

Anita was a natural and creative parent who was willing to provide her daughters with all sorts of new and interesting experiences, from summers clam digging on Long Island, dude ranches in the Catskills, to summer long visits to Texas where her children visited their many cousins. Anita was blessed with three daughters: Sandra Jean (who preceded her), Rhonda Christine, and Teresa Jo. She was also blessed with three grandchildren, Edward, Simcha and Rachel and also 7 grandchildren.

Anita was excited by life’s possibilities, traits that made her an exceptional person and a good listener. At 18 she joined and toured with the Ice Capades for 2 years. She then was a homemaker raising 3 daughters. Then she went to Stylist school in 1958 and became one of New York's leading hair colorists. Anita had the uncanny ability to identify a solution to just about any problem, possibly because of her gift for insight and empathy. Anita's friends and relatives saw her as a supporter and a mentor. She was married 3 times and survived them all. Because of this experience Anita was very adaptable to change and never judged anyone.


Anita participated in many activities during her life. She golfed, fished, cooked, gardened and painted. She always sought new things to do to keep her retirement life busy. However, Anita's ever-present concern for others and her family always took precedent. She loved to cook and was known to host dinners for family and friends even into her 90's.

Anita loved to watch the Dallas Cowboys.

Throughout Anita's life she tried to remain constantly in the center of things and where the action was, she always seemed willing to join in and help. Anita's gift of planning and improvisation made her fun to be around. Anita found new ways of getting things done in order to help make just about every activity more fun and enjoyable. Politically, she was conservative.

Anita was a woman who was dedicated and devoted to her faith. She was born Baptist and converted to Catholicism. She was sympathetic and able to empathize with others and she used these qualities to the fullest while working tirelessly for her beliefs.

Anita's love of improvising in her daily life was a perfect fit for her enjoyment of traveling. Her favorite vacations were ones that were not planned. Traveling in a casual manor fit her personality well. Excited about seeing changing scenery and constantly looking for the enjoyment life could offer, Anita took her vacations seriously, well, as seriously as she possibly could. Favorite vacations included Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Mexico, San Francisco, Long Island, and Clearwater Beach where she eventually moved to in 1964.

Anita was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. She had two West Highland terriers, Snoopy and Westie. During her later years she had two cats, Sweet Willie and Lady Love.

When Anita's retirement finally came in 1989., Anita handled it the way she usually did. She adapted to most everything in her life, and made it the best she could. Because she was such a flexible person and able to adjust to change, she made her retirement enjoyable. She relocated from Florida in 1977 to Canton, Texas where she was born. There she kept busy gardening, cooking/baking and fixing up her house. Even in retirement, Anita continued to stay in touch with her old friends and like always, cooked for all her family and neighbors.

Anita Jones passed away on April 25, 2021 at Canton, Texas. She died after surgery. She lived 2 days post-op then died of heart failure. She is survived by her two daughters Rhonda Christine and Teresa Jo. Services were held in Canton, Texas. Anita was laid to rest in Historic Highland Cemetery, Canton, Texas.

There was always a certain style and inventiveness to Anita. She was a dynamic, self-expressive, independent person who was forever looking to celebrate the endless possibilities life had to offer. She had a knack for being clever, creative and witty, and for others, was a joy to be around. While she was often fiercely independent, it seemed as if many of her friends and family looked to Anita for inspiration, leadership, wisdom and even courage. Anita was always more than willing to share life’s experiences with her loved ones. Her favorite expressions were 'This too shall pass', and 'Gettin' old aint' for sissies.' God bless her.