Juanita Marie Rose, 89, of Champaign, died on Friday, Sept 25, 2020 at C-U Nursing and Rehab, Savoy. There will be a private family viewing at Owens Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at 11:30 am on Thursday, Oct 1 at Grandview Memorial Gardens, Champaign. Rev. Dave Ashby will officiate.
Juanita was born on April 22, 1931 in Urbana, one of 9 children born to Lincon and Clara (Soloman) Bales. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Rose on April 2, 2003, daughter, Sara York on July 13, 2011, 4 sisters and 2 brothers.
She is survived by 2 daughters, Rita Nelson of Champaign and Ruth (Daniel) Fitzpatrick of FL, 7 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and 2 brothers, Robert 'Earl' (Verna) Bales and James D. Bales.
Juanita was a member of First Christian Church of Champaign and a lifetime member of the VFW Post 5520 Auxiliary. In the late 50's, she worked at the Chuck Wagon restaurant as a waitress. She also worked for Unit 4 schools in the cafeteria and as a bus driver. Juanita was an avid Cubs fan, she never missed a game. She enjoyed bowling and proudly displayed her trophies around the house. Juanita also liked to gamble, whether it was BINGO, slot machines or scratch off lottery tickets, she never missed an opportunity to try her luck.
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