Juanita P. Smith

April 14, 1922January 7, 2020

Loving Wife, Sister, Aunt and Friend

Juanita Price Smith age 97 moved to her heavenly home on Tuesday, January 7, 2020. She was born April 14, 1922 in Rochelle, La to Wyatt Earl and Blanche Boyd Price. She was a traveler from an early age as her family moved sometime during her first year to join her mother’s family in South Dakota. Then to Los Angeles, Ca when she was about 2 years old, to Phoenix, Az when she was 6 or 7, to Georgetown, La when she was 9, then to Pollack, La when she was 11. She graduated from Pollack High school in 1938 when she was 16 years old.

Soon after graduating she began working at Camp Livingston. She was hired by the Post Exchange office. While working here she says she met “The Love of Her Life” and future husband. Robert “Bob” Smith of New Haven, Connecticut. Bob was a 1 st Sargent recently back from serving 2-3 years in the Pacific Theatre. They married in 1946 and resided in Alexandria, La. Juanita worked at Baptist Hospital during this time. In 1948 they moved to Houston for better Job opportunities. Juanita worked for East End Citizen Newspaper until June of 1950. At that time, she went to work for PGAC, (later bought by Dresser Industries.) where she was a bookkeeper. She worked her way up to Accounting Supervisor and retired from Dresser Industries in 1983, after 33 years of service. Juanita and Bob moved to Pearland in 1988 and joined Shadycrest Baptist where she served on the teller committee for many years. They loved traveling the world and visiting Bobs family in the New England area.

Juanita is preceded in death by her husband Bob Smith and her sister Delores “Dee” Romeike and niece Jacqueline “Jackie” Gherlone.

She is survived by her niece Lizz Salinas, great nephew Christopher Rogers, Nephew Richard Gherlone and wife Helen, great nephew Rick Gherlone and wife Pam, their daughter Rileigh, great niece Susan Beth Higgans and Husband Robert and their daughter Onalee Collins and son Kristofer Collins and wife Carrie. A niece Betty Ann Faulhaber and her daughters Liane Rippingale, Elizabeth Bone and son Christopher D’Este and their families. She also leaves behind a number of caring neighbors and church family.

Juanita and her family were greatly blessed by the love and care she received from so many friends. Special appreciation to Sarah Jackson for her many years of friendship, love and care, Amy Redus and family for their unending support, love and compassion.

Deepest gratitude is extended to the staff at The Lakehouse on Dixie and Heart 2 Heart hospice care team. Juanita was lovingly cared for and we are forever grateful. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Shadycrest Baptist Church in honor of the Joy class or The Lakehouse on Dixie. Please mark memo “In Memory of Juanita Smith” A visitation will be on Saturday, January 18, 2020 from 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM at Shadycrest Baptist Church with Funeral Service beginning at 10:30 AM. Interment will be at 2:00 PM at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery.


  • Christopher Rogers, Pallbearer
  • Rick Gherlone, Pallbearer
  • Richard Gherlone, Pallbearer
  • Oscar Castillo, Pallbearer
  • Mike Redus, Pallbearer
  • Michael Redus, Pallbearer


18 January


9:30 am - 10:30 am

Shadycrest Baptist Church

3017 Yost Blvd
Pearland, TX 77581

18 January

Funeral Service

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Shadycrest Baptist Church

3017 Yost Blvd.
Pearland, TX 77581

18 January

Committal Service

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Forest Park Lawndale Funeral Home

6900 Lawndale Street
Houston, TX 77023


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Jerry and Melody McCurdy

January 16, 2020

Ms Juanita was the perfect example of living a life for Jesus. I’m sure she had trials but she would always have a smile on her face and a kind word for anyone she came in contact with. She went on several Senior Adult trips and seemed to really enjoy being with others. Her laugh was contagious! She will also be remembered for her life of bright colors, jewelry (Including Mardi Gras beads) and sunglasses! Our lives have been blessed and enriched by knowing this sweet lady! I know she is worshipping at the feet of Jesus and having a grand reunion with family and church family that have gone to glory! We will see you again one sweet day!

Liane Rippingale

January 13, 2020

We want to express our sympathy and let you know that our thoughts are with you.

Love, Liane, David, Lindsay and Nicola Rippingale

Barbara Stack

January 10, 2020

I will never forget this beautiful lady Always the secretary of the Joy Sunday school class Juanita loved pretty clothes and matching jewelry and accessories
She always looked beautiful on Sunday morning!
She will look beautiful in her heavenly home

Barbara Stack

Richard Gherlone

January 10, 2020

Aunt Jonnie, a wonderful lady, caring, loving, adventurous, joyful, yet very demanding. Will miss playing dominoes and Skip-Bo with her. Will remember the many fun times, walking the beach searching for shells, family gatherings, her visits to Florida. As well as just sitting around conversing about family, fishing, building the cabin at the Bayou, what my next chore was, what is for dinner and church issues.

Aunt Jonnie We love you