Juanita Rachel (McCarty) Newton, 91, went to be with the Lord on March 17, 2019 at her home with David and Sonia Newton outside Elk City, KS. She was born on April 3, 1927 at the home of her grandparents in Independence, KS to Ora Dell and Mary (Warner) McCarty. She was the youngest of seven children: Alliene, Virginia, Edna Mae, Margaret, James, and Doris.
Juanita attended Card Creek grade school and graduated from Elk City High School in 1945. She obtained an emergency teaching license in 1945 where she taught in a one room schoolhouse. After raising her family she started back to college in 1968 along with two of her sons. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education and Master’s in Special Education from Kansas State College of Pittsburg in 1972. Juanita retired in 1992 after twenty years of teaching in the Sedan, Kansas school district.
Juanita was joined in marriage to the love of her life, Lyman Burch Newton on August 1, 1943 in Joplin, Missouri. To this union three sons were born: David Keith, Dennis Lyman, and Darrell Calvin. She lived her married life as a farmer’s wife, mother and special education teacher. They were happily married for 70 years.
Juanita was a lifetime member of the VFW and served many years on the Rural Water District #13 board. She was also a very faithful church-going woman who loved the Lord and was a member of the First Christian Church of Elk City. She enjoyed getting together with family, cooking for a crowd, cross-word puzzles, crocheting, sewing, gardening, and playing cards.
Juanita was a loving and caring person, who worked hard. She was a matriarch of the family, an inspiring moral compass, and a spiritual leader and educator. Her philosophy in life was “Life is what you make it. If you choose to be happy you will be.” And that is how she lived.
Juanita was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, husband, Lyman and one son, Darrell.
Those left to treasure her memory include two sons and their wives, David and Sonia Newton and Dennis and Patricia Newton all of Elk City; and daughter-in-law Brenda Newton, of Sugar Land, TX. One brother-in-law Roger Newton, of Sonoita, AZ. Nine grandchildren, Julie Lay, Brian and Kim Newton, Darren and Michelle Newton, Michael and Rhonda Newton, Leanna and Bill Wiggins, Lyman Newton II, Jeremy and Casey Newton, Ryan and Julia Newton, and Amy and Jason Clubine; and nineteen great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson on the way along with other relatives.
A visitation will be held at Webb and Rodrick Chapel from 6:00-8:00 pm on Friday, March 22. A memorial service will be held at Webb and Rodrick Chapel in Independence at 10:00 am on March 23. The family will be greeting friends and relatives during that time. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to Hometown Hospice and Louisburg Rural Fire District.
To leave a special message for the family please visit www.webbrodrickfuneralhome.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Webb & Rodrick Chapel and Crematory.
May deepest condolences for your lose. She was a big personality and I remember her fondly. God Bless you all and I hope you find comfort knowing they are together again in Heaven, Rejoicing! HUGS!
Joy LeachMiddleton, ID
Sending all my love and prayers to everyone
Rosalee SuttonIndependence, KS
So sad for y’alls loss. Prayers to the family.
Raye and Preston ParkinsonMatagorda, TX
David, Sonia and Julie, I am so sorry for your loss. Juanita was a wonderful lady, that will be truly missed!! Prayers for peace and comfort at this time.
Teresa GoodmanIndependence, KS
I would like to extend my sincere sympathy to all of Juanita's family as you walk through this very difficult time in your lives! Praying that God will hold you close & give you comfort, peace & love!
Sending my love,
Kay (Jones) HardingWichita, KS
You will be truly missed by all. May you rest in peace.
Karen ChismIndependence, KS
Recall all the adventures we had on the farm when I was little...good times!! Recall Uncle Lyman’s wild driving would lift me off my seat as he went over Duck Creek bridge!! You are together again in Heaven but you will be sorely missed here on Earth! Love you, Aunt Juanita!!
Berneeda MosesTulsa, OK
My deepest sympathy to the family. May God comfort you.
Patti Shaffer (Rice)DOUGLASS, KS
So sorry for you lose. Juanita was a nice lady and will be missed by all that knew her.
Charlie and Janis HawkLongton, KS
My sympathy to the Newton Family and friends of Mrs. Newton.
Diana Susan Kniffen SwansonIndependence, KS