On Friday, May 8, 2020, Juanita Jo Goodwin Tedrick, loving mother of three, passed away to rejoin her husband at the age of 70.
Juanita was born in a tent in Blue Eye Missouri on Dec. 3, 1949 to Albert and Delena Goodwin. The tent really encapsulates the beginning of Juanita’s journey as she traveled from the groves of Florida, through the fertile fields of high cotton in the Midwest, to the fruits of the West coast, and then further onto Alaska and back again several times. Where there was work to be done, Juanita and a variety of her 12 brothers and sisters were up to the task. In spite of this, she was still able to graduate early and taught typing to high school in 1967.
She worked in the North Valley Hospital for nearly 30 years and continued to work at Haines Drug and Smith’s Pharmacy in Columbia Falls until she retired. On Sept. 14, 1968, she married the love of her life, John Michael Clyde Tedrick in Alaska before moving to the Flathead Valley in 1970. They raised one daughter, Delwinna, and two sons, Dwayne and Derek.
Juanita was her family’s historian and prided herself on the fact that she had traced back her family several generations. Her work has been published and her research accredited. The genealogical torch that she has left to carry will require great passion and commitment. Juanita would pass a cemetery the way a child passes a toy store, eager and excited. Juanita would also flex her knack for finding treasures through avid time spent scouring antique and thrift stores. She had an extremely impressive number of dish sets and antiques that, through her preservation, will surely bring joy to further collectors. Juanita loved to camp and float the Flathead River. She enjoyed Whitefish Lake, the North Fork, and just being outside. She was a lover of music, a true believer in the power it could bestow and the memories it can produce. True to her roots, she remained fond of long road trips and extensive travel. A large family spread across the states made for a lot of miles to be enjoyed between her frequent visits. Some other pastimes she enjoyed were pottery, pinochle, CB radio, motorcycles, classic cars, and American pride.
Few things brought Juanita as much joy as getting to spend time with her seven grandchildren, Sean, Arianna, Gabbie, Pacey, Mia, Joseph and Delena. She truly thought of them everyday and made an undeniable impression on every last one of them, let alone every person who was lucky enough to cross her path.
She was preceded in death by her father, Albert; her mother, Delena; her husband, John; and her brothers, Delwin, Sam, and Gene.
She is survived my her three children, Delwinna, Dwayne, and Derek; her brothers Wayne, Larry, Jack, Mark and Bill; her sisters Ruth, Judy, and Delena; as well as an abundance of cousins, nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held on Friday, May 22, at Glacier Memorial Gardens on Highway 93 at 11 a.m. Donations can be sent to P.O. Box 224, Columbia Falls, Montana.
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