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Winterrowd Funeral Home
Thursday December 16th, 2021
4:00pm - 5:30pm

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Winterrowd Funeral Home
Thursday December 16th, 2021

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Juanita M. (Kennedy) Garrett

Juanita M. Garrett, 83 of Rockford and formerly of Streator passed away Thursday morning (December 9, 2021) at her daughter’s home in Rockford.

Visitation will be held Thursday from 4PM-5:30 PM at the Winterrowd Funeral Home with funeral to follow at 5:30PM.
Burial will Friday at 10:30AM in the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, IL.
Juanita was born on August 5, 1938, in Ottawa to George and Fern (Waggener) Kennedy. She married Lee Garrett on July 6, 1957, he passed away April 9, 2019.
Surviving are her daughters Brenda Garrett of Rockford, Sherry (Edward) Meine of Sunbright, TN and Cindy (John) Cannon of Decatur, her grandchildren, Anna Alexander, Emily Meine, Isabelle, Kennedy and Jacob Cannon, and her great-grandchildren, Gideon Alexander, Ellowyn Alexander and Madelyn Whitehouse, and her sister, Penny (Gerard) Besenhard of Utica.
She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, grandson Austin Alexander, brother, George D. Kennedy, Jr. and sisters, Patricia Lee Forsyth, Donna J. Kennedy and Betty Ann Eutis.
Juanita graduated from Ottawa High School in 1956. She was a Homemaker.
Juanita was a former President of the P.T.A. at Kimes School, Girl Scout Leader and girls softball coach.
The family would like to thank friends and neighbors for their support and to Dr. Evelena Ontiveros of Cancer Care Center of Decatur for treating our mother like her own and to Dr. Vibhay Bansal of Mercy Hospital Interventional Neurology for halting her stroke and giving her 7 more months.
Memorials may be made to the Family of Juanita M. Garrett.

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We are so sorry to learn of the loss of your mother. She and your dad were members of our Starved Rock Model A Club. We really enjoyed their company. Hoping that you are comforted by memories, the caring of others, and the healing power of time. So sorry for your losss.

Donald and JoAnn Jones, Ottawa, IL Dec 16 2021 4:03 PM

I'm so sorry I couldn't make it to the visitation but I am thinking of you, Brenda and your family.
Your Mom was such a nice sweet lady, I know you will miss her terribly, keep your memories of her close to your heart ❤️
Much love, Flo

Flo Bulthuis Dec 16 2021 3:47 PM

I'm sorry for your families loss. Both your parents were lovely people and great neighbors. Country lane just isn't the same without them. Prayers for comfort as you all move forward. With deep understanding and love… ❤️

Susan Dec 12 2021 10:24 AM

I'm so sorry. I only heard yesterday. She will be greatly missed. I have many fond memories of Juanny May as her dad called her. Her wit was priceless.

Patrick Kennedy Dec 11 2021 12:09 PM

A great friend and neighbor for many years, so many wonderful memories! Our sympathy to her family. Rest In Peace Juanita.

Lon & Lil Dec 10 2021 9:46 PM