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Juanita Grace Hodges, age 91, of Keyser, died peacefully at the Potomac Valley Hospital in Keyser on April 18, 2017.
She is predeceased by her husband of 40 years, Judson J. Hodges; a brother, Robert Ours; and a sister, Jean Ours.
Juanita is survived by her beloved son, James J. Hodges; a sister, Evelyn Tonkin; and three nieces, Michelle Tonkin, Dorothy Ours and Linda Ours.
Juanita was born in Parkersburg and raised in Buckhannon, where she graduated from high school. During World War II, she worked in Baltimore for the Glenn L. Martin Aircraft Co. (later becoming Martin-Marietta). She moved back to Buckhannon, met and married Jud, and moved to Keyser. Jud's FBI career took them to Seattle, Wash., Los Angeles, Calif., and finally to Washington, D.C. Along the way, Jim was born and they lived a number of years in Fairfax, Va., finally retiring back to West Virginia. Juanita had many passions; life and people being at the top of the list. While she enjoyed collecting antiques, and had become quite knowledgeable regarding sterling silver, glassware and pottery, she would rather be outside working in her flower garden that was designed to attract butterflies. Her love of nature was most evident in this environment where she knew the species of most any bird, tree or plant. Her church and friends often benefited from Juanita's abilities in floral design, and she was a founding member of the local garden club. She was proud to be a volunteer at the Potomac Valley Hospital helping to manage the gift shop and delivering meals to patients. Juanita had extremely eclectic tastes in music; rock, soul, big band, jazz and blues were all enjoyed. She loved travel of any kind and enjoyed every second. She was always ready to jump on a plane or in the car and was up for an adventure and something new. Her love of shopping was second to none and would often result in the purchase of nothing; it was the hunt that was enjoyed. Juanita's gentle, quiet way and her charming smile will be missed by many.
Memorial services will be held on Friday, April 28, 2017, at the First United Methodist Church, 32 N. Davis St., Keyser, at noon.
Interment will be private and at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to: ASPCA, PO Box 96929, Washington, DC; or National MS Society, PO Box 4527, NY, NY 10163.
Inquiries may be directed to Shaffer Funeral Home in Romney at 304-822-3511.
Published on April 22, 2017
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