Juanita Alkire, of Walkersville, died peacefully Oct. 25, 2012, at her Parkersburg home.
She was born Feb. 10, 1921, a daughter of the late Ned and Lucy Hammer Squires.
Juanita graduated from Walkersville High School earning the honor of valedictorian of the class of 1939. On July 4, 1945, Juanita married Ray Alkire in Martinsburg. This began a simple life of hard work and self-employment. Throughout the years, Juanita and Ray owned and operated the Tradewinds Drive-in in Beckley, Juanita's Coffee Shop in Weston and the Dinette and Ray's Esso/Exxon in Walkersville.
Juanita was preceded in death by her parents; six sisters; and one brother.
Surviving her are daughters, Janet Johnson and Debbie Kafer; sons-in-law, Joe Johnson and August Kafer; granddaughter, Samantha Bradley and her husband, Nick; precious great-granddaughter, Lucy Grey Bradley; niece, Avis Hewitt; and nephew, Barry Mitchell and his wife, Pat.
The family extends heartfelt thanks to Juanita's loving caregivers, Tammy, Alice Righter, Darla Bills and Linda McCumbers. Juanita looked forward to seeing their smiling faces each day.
In accordance with Juanita's wishes, there will be no visitation or service. After cremation, her ashes will be buried at Long Point Cemetery in Walkersville.
Memorial contributions can be sent in Juanita's honor to the Walkersville Volunteer Fire Department, 16629 US Highway 19 South, Walkersville, WV 26447. She spent many hours in the 1960's and 1970's cleaning and frying ramps for WVFD's fundraisers.