Juanita L. Branson
December 15, 1925 – June 1, 2021
It is with great sadness the family of Juanita L. Branson (née Wolfe), announces her passing on June 1, 2021, after 95 enjoyable years.
Born December 15, 1925, she was the wife of the late MG Bill C. Branson, USAR Retired. She was the wonderful mother of Mariann (John) Kelly and Julya (George) Adamakos. Proud grandmother of Michael (Julia) Torrente, Marc (Michelle) Torrente and Stephanie Adamakos. Cherished great-grandmother of Parker, Connor and Cora. Dearest sister, aunt and friend of many.
Our hearts are deeply saddened, but take comfort in knowing she lived a long wonderful life and is now reunited with her husband of 71 years, Bill, her infant son, Rex, and many sisters, brothers, other relatives and friends.
Juanita was a person of faith, who was never too busy to be there for her family and friends, whom she cherished. She was a dedicated volunteer to numerous organizations including the PTA, Girl Scouts, Mothers Club, Officers Wives Club, the Food Pantry, her churches, the Glen at Aberdeen Heights, and others. She was so proud to be the recipient of the 2017 Voyce Volunteer of the Year Award.
The oldest of 6 from Linn, MO, Juanita raised her family in St. Louis Hills, maybe a little too close to Ted Drewes. The ultimate gardener, traveler, and beach lover, Juanita enjoyed her and Bill’s retirement years at Raintree Lake, boating and building sandcastles with her grandchildren. In 2012, they moved to Aberdeen Heights in Kirkwood, MO, where she enjoyed 9 relaxing years, many new friendships, playing water volleyball, puzzling, decorating for events and having the time to spend with the family she so loved. Her smile, her love and her kindness will live on forever through her children and grandchildren.
In honor of Juanita’s wishes, a graveside service will be held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Fri, June 18, at 2:15 PM. Friends and family are welcome to assemble at Sylvan Spring Park on Sheridan Drive, the parking lot entrance on the left, directly across from the cemetery, by 1:45PM, and we will process to the cemetery from there.
In lieu of flowers, please perform an act of kindness in her memory.
Please leave a fond memory of Juanita for her family to cherish at the "Add a Memory" link below.
Committal Service - Frida
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
Section D Site 896
Juanita L. Branson
June 16, 2021
Every time I went to visit my grandma, Peggy, at Aberdeen I always loved running into Juanita. She was always so sweet and fun to talk to. I attended WashU with her granddaughter Stephanie and Juanita was always proud to share the latest on what Stephanie was doing. I'll miss getting to see Juanita and have the chance to catch up with her. Her energy was contagious and always made me smile.
Tracy & Debbie Wolfe
June 14, 2021
We are so sorry for loss. Thank you for sharing the wonderful pictures. She was so special to us. Aunt Edie and Uncle Bill helped us figure out my brother's funeral. They were such kind and giving people. Tracy got a birthday card from her every year. It made him so happy to hear from her, he felt so special. We will never forget her beautiful smile and elegant grace. We will miss her greatly. Love always ,
Tracy and Debbie Wolfe
June 8, 2021
Aunt Edie was a very classy lady who always thought of others! We love you and will miss you!
June 7, 2021
I love the pictures that the family shared. Priceless.
June 6, 2021
It is hard to decide what to write as I have so many fond memories of Juanita. As the Lifestyle Coordinator at Aberdeen Heights, I quickly became friends with this loving and joyful lady. She assisted me with craft projects and decorating, especially patriotic holidays.
There were many meaningful and memorable talks over the three years that we were friends. Always quick with a smile and ready to lend a hand to anyone in need. Juanita had a big heart that she openly shared. One of the best memories was when Juanita came to me so excited to say her daughter was donating a big Christmas tree that we could use as the Aberdeen Heights Family Christmas Tree. Together we organized the event with other residents donating ornaments and had a grand party of singing and decorating. I can still see her as she ran over to Bill to keep him from climbing a ladder to hang items higher. :-)
I will hold many memories close to my heart and remember Juanita fondly.
Sheila and Jim Schnurbusch
June 5, 2021
Mariann and Family –
We are so sorry for your loss. Juanita was such a special person. We had such fun at the lake when our boys were young. She treated all the boys like her grandchildren. She had such a green thumb, especially with the impatiens she grew under the trees at the lake. She said she just planted them and put some Miracle Grow on them, but mine have never looked like hers. Juanita was kind, energetic, and always made everyone feel special. We are blessed to have known her.
Sheila and Jim Schnurbusch
June 3, 2021
Aunt Edie was the most wonderful Aunt & second Mother - I couldn’t have loved her more! She gave us so many awesome memories & experiences that weren’t available in a small town. She opened our eyes to art, the theater, science, magic house, flowers, swimming pools, star gazing and so many cool things. Aunt Edie never forgot a birthday & always went the extra mile to make special occasions more special. She was kind & loving and she will be dearly missed, but never forgotten, The obituary was a very awesome & accurate tribute to her wonderful life!