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LAVALE Mary Juanita Fix, 94, of LaVale, died Sunday evening, Feb. 4, 2018, at Goodwill Retirement Community, Grantsville.
Juanita was born in Lexington, Va., on May 12, 1923, the daughter of the late William P. and Myrtle M.(Bryant) Stanley. In 1941, Juanita married Preston C. Fix in Lexington, VA. He passed away in 1989. Juanita was also preceded in death by her half-sister, Minnie Alma Camden Boyd.
Juanita was a graduate of Lexington High School in 1940. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Cumberland. Juanita and Preston moved to LaVale in 1950, where she started out as a homemaker, but then went to work for Aetna Finance Co. to help allow her sons to have the opportunity to go to college.
Juanita had interests in Ancient Egyptian history, archaeology, geology, and was an avid book reader. She also worked for her church, both as an employee and a volunteer. Juanita was able to take a trip to Egypt to see the Pyramids. She also took a trip to England, Scotland, and another trip to Prince Edward Island. Juanita was a member of the Schoolhouse Quilters Guild for many years and produced many quilts that are left as treasured items for her family. She was a fan of P. Buckley Moss' paintings and in her younger years rooted for the Pittsburgh Pirates. She was able to live independently until May 2016.
Juanita is survived by three sons, Preston T. Fix, Ruffin, N.C., David C. Fix (Jo), Centre Hall, Pa., and Robert L. Fix (Gerry), Hagerstown; two brothers, Charles William Stanley, Highland Park, N.J., and Joseph Clarence Stanley (Dolores), Tucson, Ariz.; grandchildren, Karen Fix Rice (Daniel), Greensboro, N.C., Lisa Arnold Haggard (Butch), LaVale, and Lisa's half-brother and sister, Jason and Erica, Teresa Fix Hogancamp (Brian), Ruffin, Anne Fix Sherwood, Dothan, Ala., Thomas Fix, Eden, N.C., Frank Fix (Tammy), Eden, Margaret Fix Williams (Kent), Reidsville, N.C., John Fix (Lorie), Greensboro; two nieces, Carol R. Brown and Marion Fix; a nephew, John Fix; a sister-in-law, Helen Fix, Victorville, Calif.; and two great-grandchildren, Graeme and Ada Rice.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 11 Washington St., Cumberland, MD 21502, in support of the Dakota Learning Camp or to Hospice of Garrett County, P.O. Box 271, Oakland, MD 21550.
A private burial will take place this week, followed by a memorial service at the church at a later date.
Adams Family Funeral Home, P.A., 404 Decatur St., Cumberland (www.AdamsFamilyFuneralHome.com), is in charge of arrangements.
Published on February 7, 2018
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