Juanita M. Cooley, 87, passed away peacefully at the Jefferson County Nursing Home, Dandridge, Tennessee from complications of dementia on October 15, 2017.
She was born September 4, 1930 to Arthur Ruey "Dude" Downum and Cecil "Pete" Redding Downum, who both preceded her death as well as her brother Gene Downum of Wellington, Kansas, and her eldest son James Robert Bortz of Chandler, Arizona. She is survived by her brother Raymond Downum and wife Claudette of Haltom, Texas, brother George Downum and wife Linda of Caldwell, Kansas, daughter Sharon Marchant of Dandridge, Tennessee, son Stephen Bortz and wife Rhea of Haviland, Kansas, 5 grandchildren, and 15 great, grandchildren.
Juanita loved to dance, always had a smile, and would help anyone in need. She touched the lives many and will be missed more than words can say.
Memorials may be made to the Wellsford Community Church in care of Cindy Hall, 419 N. Orange, Haviland, Kansas 67059.