Juanita M. Decker

Oct. 4, 1928 – Dec. 30, 2013

Into the arms of her Savior, Jesus Christ, Juanita M. Decker passed on Monday, Dec., 30, 2013. She was born on Oct. 4, 1928, to Wilme and Ella Gaddy in Skidmore, Mo.

Juanita was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Jesse E. Decker, of 52 years, and her brother, Wilmer Earl Gaddy Jr.

She is survived by her daughters, Vicki Decker Armentor (Tim Armentor) of Katy, Texas, and Pamela Decker-Nelson (Eric Nelson) of Geneva, Ill. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Taylor Nelson, Andrew Nelson, Nicole Armentor-Smith (Brandon Smith) and Colin Armentor (Nicole Leigh Armentor).

Juanita had five great-grandchildren, Connor, Cameron, and Linen Smith, Mya and Marleigh Armentor. She is also survived by her sister, Frankie Mae Eschke, of Ashland, and a brother-in-law, Douglas Decker.

Juanita was a finalist in the Miss America Pageant in Chicago in 1947, and a finalist in the Mrs. Wisconsin Pageant in 1964.

For 10 years, Juanita was an instructor for the Oconomowoc Adult Education Program. Juanita was also an instructor for 20 years in the Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts Department at Waukesha County Technical College. She authored the original curriculum for the Culinary Arts Department program apprenticeship, as well as several small publications cookbooks and videos for the WCTC daytime program.

Juanita had an apartment at Eagle’s Trace, an Erickson Facility in Houston, Texas, for the past four years. While residing there, she was on the Wii bowling team, a member of the Red Hatters Club and a member of the Dining Room Food Board.

A celebration of life will be held at Eagle’s Trace at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18. Juanita will be remembered by the many friends she made at this facility.

In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. This was a disease Juanita shared with her great-granddaughter, Mya Armentor.