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Juanita Nowlin

October 21, 1917 - May 15, 2018

Juanita Nowlin

Nellie Juanita Nowlin, “Memaw”, age 100, of Palestine, Texas passed away peacefully on May 15, 2018.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, May 18, 2018 at Roselawn Park with Chaplain Kenn Sommerville officiating. Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 17, 2018 from 5:00 to 6:00 P.M. at Bailey Foster Funeral Home. Honorary pallbearers are her grandson, Jerry Nowlin, Jr. and all of her great grandsons.

Juanita was born in Wortham, Texas on October 21, 1917 to Charles Rudolph and Effie Lewis Auerbach. She graduated from Wortham High School. Juanita married Thomas Henry Nowlin on March 11, 1937.   They were happily married for 35 years. Juanita’s primary job was that of homemaker, even though she worked at Cartmell Home as Activity Director for a number of years.   She enjoyed being around people and always lending a helping hand. She was an animal lover who enjoyed reading, gardening, working crossword puzzles, and playing 42 and Bingo. Until recent years, she enjoyed activities at the First Baptist Church, being a member for 70+ years. She was also a lifetime member of the Palestine chapter of the Order of Eastern Star #395 having served as Worthy Matron and numerous other offices. She was a former member of the Harvey Woman’s Club and Redbud Garden Club.

Juanita is survived by one son, Jerry Nowlin (Beverly) of Whitehouse, and daughters, TomE’ Nell Gregg (Jon) of Palestine, and Mary Helen Fontaine of Tyler. She was very proud of her ten grandchildren: Misty Fontaine Lee (Jacky) of Flint; Kim Gregg Moreau (Steve) of Palestine; Julie Gregg Addington (Hugh) of Austin; Jennifer Gregg McIntyre of West Point, MS; Melissa Fontaine Macia of Raleigh, NC; Laura Fontaine Moody (Jeff) of Chandler; Jerry L. Nowlin, Jr. (Hollie) of Tyler; Deborah Flinn of Arlington, VA; Denise Dahm (Andrew) of San Antonio; and Brian Calkins of Dallas.


In addition to her grandchildren, she leaves behind 17 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Juanita is reunited with her loved ones who preceded her in death: her husband, Tom; her parents; an infant daughter, Judith Ann; brothers, Charles, Donald, and Larry; and sisters, Claudine Orchard; and Charlene Massey.

The family would like to thank all the staff at the Cartmell Home for being so attentive to her over the last several years and for their excellent care and love for her.

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