Vail Daily obituary: Juanita Eaton, 1926-2015
Juanita Eaton, 88, of Gypsum, passed away Sunday at Heritage Park Care Center in Carbondale, where she had been in ill health for several months.
Elsie Juanita Sixkiller was born in Gypsum Valley on June 24, 1926, to Ned and Ida (Clark) Sixkiller. She was raised in the valley, attended the Upper Gypsum School and graduated from Eagle County High School in May 1944.
On Nov. 9, 1944, she married Wren Eaton, of Gypsum, and they raised four children: Shirley Anne (Pete) Nolan, Donald Wren (Gail) Eaton, Kathy Sue Smith and Danny Lee (Deena) Eaton.
Juanita worked as a cook and cafeteria manager for Eagle Valley High School in Gypsum for 20 years. She always said they cooked “real” food, and the school’s staff and students alike would sneak down to the cafeteria frequently for a fresh-baked roll or cinnamon roll because they could smell the bread throughout the building.
She was a devoted member of the United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. She enjoyed helping prepare many church dinners and helped with bazaars. Juanita also possessed a very green thumb and raised many beautiful flowers.
Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Wren; a baby sister; brothers Richard and Sam Sixkiller; sister-in-law Ellen Faye Sixkiller; son-in-law Clifford Smith; and niece Frances Sixkiller.
Survivors include her four children and their spouses, all of Gypsum; sister-in-law Laura Sixkiller, of Longmont; niece Mary Ellen Sixkiller, of Longmont; nephews Bill and Ned Sixkiller, of Craig; as well as grandchildren Erica (Heath) Mosness, Wren (Angie) Bindley, Foster Bindley, Chad (Jennifer) Eaton, John Eaton, Cory (Mandi) Nolan, Hannah (Jeff) Waltz and Alissa Eaton.
She is also survived by 16 great-grandchildren: Jayden and Brenna Mosness, Avari and Quentin Bindley, Joel and Alexandra Bindley, Clayton Oleson, Paige and Beau Eaton, Cody Ann and Bruce Eaton, April Sandoval-Eaton, Kennedy Waltz, Bryson Eaton, and Melayna and Drayke Medina. Another great-grandchild is due in March.
Funeral services will be held at Gypsum United Methodist Church on Thursday at 1 p.m., with burial to follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Gypsum.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made in memory to the March of Dimes.
Farnum Holt Funeral Home in Glenwood Springs has been entrusted with these arrangements.