Juanita S. Whitaker

December 18, 1952October 14, 2020

In loving memory of Juanita S. Whitaker December 18, 1952 – October 14, 2020.

Beloved wife, Mother, Mimi and friend too many. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Tequesta. She devoted her life to God, her family and ALL of her animals. She exuberated joy wherever she went and showed love to ANYONE she met.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Charles H. “Buddy” Whitaker and by her parents, Dr. Leamond Cooper and Marie Stuart.

She is survived by her daughter, Julie Whitaker Tisdale (31); son-in-law, Brett Tisdale and granddaughter, Charlotte Marie (2.5) (named after her husband and mother); son-in-law, Alex Vivo; grandchildren, Aaron Vivo (22), Eileen Vivo (19), Hunter Welch (21); Goddaughters, Libby and Annie Greene; 7 siblings, Barbara Baker, Jean Cook, Pat Wilder, Lee Stuart, Janet Pogue, Mark Stuart and Theron Clark-Stuart.

Visitation Sunday, October 18, 4:00 PM to 7:00PM. Celebration of life Monday October 19, 11:00AM to 12:00PM. Both being held at First Baptist Church of Tequesta. Interment to follow at Riverside Memorial Park.

Flowers are being accepted and can be sent to the church, however because of her great love of all of God’s creatures, feel free to make a donation in her honor to an animal shelter of your choosing.


  • Visitation

    Sunday, October 18, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, October 19, 2020

  • Committal Service to follow Funeral Service

    Monday, October 19, 2020


Juanita S. Whitaker

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Kelley Hubbard

October 19, 2020

Julie, I just wanted you to know how many wonderful fun memories I have of your mother. She was just the classiest lady, but knew how to have so much fun. My heart breaks for you and your family.
She is with your dad now, and both will always be looking down on you, knowing their daughter was the one that made their lives complete. I will always remember working with her on the musicals at church. We had so much fun! My prayers are with you. She was just a beautiful lady who loved our Lord. Love you beautiful young mother. Love, Mrs Hubbard

Andi Mahobey

October 19, 2020

There are no words but I want you to know we are praying for you—my bible study, my family, my friends. Your mom was just the best and she loved you more than anything! I will never forget her or the brightness that entered a room with her! I hope you’re comforted knowing you will see her again and she’s in paradise with Jesus. May your sweet memories comfort your broken heart and bring you smiles until you see her again. 🌈

Marlene Canzio

October 18, 2020

Dear Julie,
I am very sorry for the loss of your beloved Mother. I met you both when you were a young student at Dance 10, with my daughter Victoria. I considered your Mom’s friendship an added gift to the experience of dance school. Your Mom always greeted me with a warm smile and a cooperative spirit with the Show Biz Kids!
Unfortunately, our lives moved in different directions- but, I never forgot your Mom’s kindness and will keep you and your family in my prayers.
With Sympathy,
Marlene Canzio

Jacque Miller

October 18, 2020

Juanita was a beautiful person inside and out. She was full of love for her family always.

Priscilla Estrada

October 18, 2020

Julie and Family,
It was a great joy to have known and spent time with Juanita, Julie and Buddy in their home and see the love that each one had for the other. Juanita was a strong lady of faith and live it. She could light up the room with her smile and enthusiastic joy for life. I am saddened by her passing but so thankful that I got to spend time with her and shared many laughs and she considered me a friend. You made the world a better place and your life has impacted many people. Julie, you were blessed by a wonderful mother who has led to you being a good mother to Charlotte.
My thoughts and prayers go will all of you during this time.
Sending my love,
Priscilla Estrada

Nancy Alevizos

October 17, 2020

Dear Julie
I am so saddened to hear of your mom’s passing. She was such an amazingly kind, fun and loving woman. I’ll never forget all our times at the dance studio with you girls. Juanita would do anything for anyone. She was so proud of you and loved you so much. Our prayers go out to you and your family.

Cynthia Flora

October 17, 2020

I am flooded with great memories of times with my forever friend, Juanita. We worked together for several years and were pregnant with our first child at the same time. Julie was born a few months before Tiffany, so everything I needed to learn about motherhood, I called Juanita. I knew she had already done thorough research on any product, method or topic and was willing to share her wisdom whatever time, day or night. We used to laugh and say we waited to call late since we could call up until midnight, which was not true for most of our friends. One of our favorites sayings was "Friends are our Chosen Family". She truly filled the shoes of a wiser, slightly older sister for me. Our girls grew up together and even acted like siblings, pulling one another's hair & stealing one another's toys, as we taught them how to get along with others. We celebrated many holidays together, even sewing matching dresses to surprise the girls at Easter. We ate breakfast with Santa, passed down beautiful clothing, applauded at dance recitals, and took many trips with a packed car up to Disney for the day. Julie has so many "adopted siblings" she isn't really an only child. That is because her mother's spirit shown so bright in this crazy world. Our daughter's grew up, and moved away to college, but we continued to meet for dinner and our movie escape, sneaking wine in our purse and sitting on the back row to giggle at our rebellious act fearing we may get caught. She and Buddy held my heart through many tears as my 25 year marriage unraveled. I trusted Buddy's Christian brotherly insight, integrity, and authenticity so rare to find in this world. Our times together sometimes lapsed a while, but we resumed our connection without skipping a beat catching up on recent endeavors. Her spirit and love forever lives in all who were blessed to know her. Our arms, heart, soul, love and encouragement are forever yours, Julie. Call me - anytime!! I will hold you tight.

Audrey Blair

October 17, 2020

Julie, Brett and Charlotte and the entire Stuart family, you have my deepest and most sincere condolences. I worked with your Mom for about 5 years and she was a lovely person. Julie, your Mother absolutely treasured you. I remember how excited she was assisting you with the planning of your wedding and how proud she was of you at the wedding. Her world revolved around you and your Dad, and after his passing, that precious little Charlotte. There really are no adequate words to share with you during this very difficult time except to pray every day that the suffocating cloud of grief you are experiencing will part for just 5 minutes. And then it will. Then you pray for 10 minutes. My heart absolutely breaks for you. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers but I am comforted to know that your Mom and her beloved Buddy are together again.

Kathleen Simon

October 17, 2020

I have so many memories of your mom and your dad. We used to go boating together with the twins before you were even born. We worked together for many years and I even stole her secretary. We have followed each other on Facebook daily. She was always full of life and laughter. This has been a shock to everyone. If there’s anything you ever need please don’t hesitate to ask. May the memories bring you smiles and the pain lesson with each day that goes by. God bless you, Charlotte and your entire family.

Amanda Drake

October 17, 2020

Juanita and Buddy were the best neighbors a young couple could have! When my ex husband and I moved into the Tequesta neighborhood they welcomed us with open arms.
I will truly miss you Juanita, it brings me peace and solace knowing that you are now reunited with Buddy, this world has gained two angels to watch over us.


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