JUANITA ALKIRE RAINS (Age 94)
Of McLean, VA, died on Monday, April 9, 2012 in Arlington, VA. Born
September 1, 1917, in Indianapolis, IN, she was the loving daughter of the
late John Jenison and Edna Faucett Alkire.
Juanita was a longtime member of Dulin United Methodist Church, Falls
She is survived by her daughters, Caryl Marie Clarke and her husband,
Howard of York, PA and Linda Rains Ragsdale of Springfield, VA.
"Manny" will be missed dearly by her granddaughters, Catherine Marie
(Clarke) Kenworthy and her husband, Eric, of Hanover, PA and Sally Rains
Ragsdale of Fairfax, VA; grandsons, Daniel Howard Clarke of Sterling
Heights, MI and James Edward Ragsdale, III of Springfield, VA; and
great-grandsons, Jordan, Bailey, Everett and Aidan Kenworthy, all of
Hanover, PA. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Glenn, Faryl,
Leonard, Fred and Herbert Alkire.
Juanita graduated from Central High School, Washington, DC and took
secretarial courses at Strayer University, Washington, DC. She worked as
the personal secretary to Attorney James Shanley in the Washington, DC
patent law firm of Shanley, O'Neil and Baker for more than 40 years, until
Juanita lived at the Lewinsville Retirement Residence in McLean, VA. She
was still employed as a part-time receptionist at the Lewinsville at the time
of her death. She played keyboard in the Lewinsville band, played canasta
and participated in the Red Hat Society. She was an avid reader and did the
Washington Post crossword puzzle daily.
Before and after retirement, Juanita traveled with friends and family to
England, Canada, Holland, France, Spain, Portugal, Ireland and Russia. She
passed her love of cooking on to her grandchildren. She adored Julia Child,
collecting cookbooks and clippings to try new recipes.
Her family and friends remember her honest life of love and humor. She
befriended every person she met. She gave generously of her time and
resources to support the less fortunate. Juanita met life's challenges with
grace and helped her family and friends face adversity with optimism.
She will be truly missed by those she loved and who loved her. A
celebration of Juanita's life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Juanita's memory may be made to the
JDRF-Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 1400 K St., NW, Suite 725,
Washington, DC 20005.
Published in The Washington Post on April 21, 2012