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Juanita Jean Pemberton

Juanita Jean Pemberton was born on April 24, 1928 to Myrl and William Ford in Cameron Missouri and entered her heavenly home on September 29, 2013 in Bloomington, Indiana.
Juanita Jean Pemberton was born on April 24, 1928 to Myrl and William Ford in Cameron Missouri and entered her heavenly home on September 29, 2013 in Bloomington, Indiana.

Juanita attended Cameron schools through high school and graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri. Her passion for music, dancing, and sports went hand in hand as she went on to teach music and physical education in both Cameron and Lawrence, Kansas. She married her childhood sweetheart Col. Gene Thomas Pemberton on December 24, 1949. They began a wonderful life together and traveled the world with the U.S. Air Force with overseas posts in Japan and Germany and throughout the United States. Col. Pemberton's posting to McConnell Air Force Base moved them to Wichita, Ks in 1964 and this would be their last station together.

Gene was shot down in combat in the Vietnam War and was listed MIA for many years. His body was recovered and returned to Cameron for burial in 1974. Juanita was an inspiration to many with her faith and strength during this time. She devoted her life to taking care of her children and making the lives of those around her just a little bit more of a party! Juanita spent countless hours at Epworth Methodist Church leading the high school youth group, participating on church council, attending the Fireside Sunday School Class, and as a wedding coordinator. She also gave her time and talents to the Retired Officers Association at McConnell AFB. She will be remembered for organizing Retiree Day each fall and her help in establishing the Memorial Walk to honor fallen soldiers.

One of her best roles was as "Gran" to her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Juanita was truly a remarkable woman who has left her imprint on many lives; her family and friends will cherish the magic she put into everyday of her life and theirs!

Juanita was preceded in death by her parents Myrl and William Ford and her husband Col. Gene T. Pemberton. She is survived by her children William Pemberton and his wife Elizabeth, Gene Pemberton and his wife Karla and Cindy Schroeder and her husband Kent. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Sharon and Jesse McKeeman, Mark Pemberton, David and Chrissa Pemberton, Ryan and Laci Pemberton, Kyle and Whitney Schroeder, Craig Schroeder, and Chris Schroeder. Juanita is also survived by her great grandchildren Aaron, David and Jeremiah McKeeman.

Funeral Services: 11:00 AM, Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Poland-Thompson Funeral Home in Cameron, Missouri.

Visitation: 6-8:00 PM, Friday evening at the funeral home.

Burial: Graceland Memorial Cemetery, Cameron.

Online condolences: www.polandthompson.com.

Memorials can be sent to the Heart Association https://donate.americanheart.org/ecommerce/aha/aha_index.jsp or the USO https://secure.uso.org/OM-1/?sc=WF13GGPS21&gclid=CIejzcv39bkCFQkSMwodJGsAfA
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