Juanita Ward Allen
February 21, 1931 – March 9, 2018
Juanita Ward Allen, of Cumming, GA, passed away on March 9, 2018 at the age of 87. Juanita was born in Bainbridge, GA on February 21st, 1931 and was one of 7 children. She was a fun loving person who moved to Atlanta after graduating high school when she was 17 years old. Juanita stayed with her sister Dorothy and found a job at First National Bank of Atlanta, where she met Ralph Allen, who was the love of her life. Once they began dating, she had to leave FNB of Atlanta and they helped her get a job with Trust Company Bank of Georgia. Juanita and Ralph were married November 11th, 1950 and went on to celebrate 67 wonderful years of marriage.
During their life together, Juanita worked about 20 years as a bookkeeper for Kraft Foods in Decatur, GA. However, Juanita’s purpose in life was being a homemaker, wife and mother. Throughout her life, Juanita was a faithful disciple of Jesus. She was raised in the Methodist Church, and after marriage, she and Ralph became members of the Baptist church. Most recently, they have been members of Cumming Baptist Church. Juanita and Ralph raised Larry and Debbie to love Jesus and made weekly worship a family tradition.
Juanita always put her family first, as the selfless person that she was. She loved to cook and to see everyone enjoy what she cooked. An excellent southern cook, she was famous for her large family dinners and for delivering multiple entrees and side dishes to the table piping hot. Besides cooking, Juanita loved flowers and loved to garden, owing to her upbringing on her family’s farm, where they grew most of the vegetables they ate, raised chickens and made their own milk. She also loved music, particularly country and gospel music.
Juanita is preceded in death by all four of her brothers, Lee Ward, Lamar Ward, Vance Ward and Curtis Ward, and by her older sister Dorothy Boyette. She is survived by her husband, Ralph Allen, sister Anne Johnson, son Larry Allen (wife Danielle), daughter Debbie Prentice (husband Mike), grandsons: Jason Prentice, Brian Prentice, and Tyler Allen, granddaughters: Jennifer Wilhoit and Aliona Allen and two great-grandchildren: Kaitlyn and Collier Prentice.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14th at the Roswell Funeral Home chapel at 950 Mansell Rd, Roswell, GA 30076 with the Rev. Mark Wood officiating. A visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13th at the Roswell Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to Cumming Baptist Church, 115 Church Street, Cumming, GA 30040.
- Visitation Tuesday, March 13, 2018
- Funeral Service Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Juanita Ward Allen
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