Juanita A. Allen, 80, Palmyra, Mo., passed away at 3:49 p.m. Thursday, April 27, 2023, at Quincy Senior Living Health Care in Quincy, Ill.
Juanita was born Nov. 1, 1942, in Hannibal, Mo., to Kenneth and Evelyn Busch Hudson. She was married to the love of her life, Gary Allen, on Nov. 9, 1963, in Palmyra, Mo.
Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Gary Allen Palmyra; son Craig Allen, and wife, Mary, Palmyra; brothers, Ronald Hudson, Hannibal; Robert Hudson (Linda), Hannibal; and Kenny Hudson (Stella), Hannibal; grandchildren, Joshua Allen, Joseph Allen, Tayler Allen, Canaan Morgan, Jalynn Copeland, Alana Scranton and Maylee Scranton; numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family.
Juanita was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Jimmy Hudson.
Professionally Juanita was a nurse, working at the Hannibal Clinic for 18 years.
Juanita was born and raised in the Hannibal area, a small-town girl with simple tastes. She knew how to enjoy the little things in life to the fullest; give her a margarita and a trip to the boat and you could make her day!
In all seriousness though, she loved being a wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed crafting, hitting up the thrift stores and fishing with Gary when she had the time.
Juanita and Gary took many road trips across the U.S. on their Gold Wing motorcycle; long days to ride but taking in the beauty of the American landscapes was worth every minute.
She was a reader, diving into read her favorite Stephen King or Dean Koontz novel when the mood struck and getting lost in the storytelling of those great authors. Juanita also liked to read about history, learning the little known details about life in the past.
Juanita was a wonderful cook and her family relished every opportunity to have her fried chicken and potatoes. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
The family is being served by Lewis Brothers Funeral Home, and there will be no services at this time.
Memorials may be made to Northeast Missouri Human Society.
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