Juanita "Nita"'s Story
Juanita "Nita" Ruth Houghtelin was born December 7, 1927, in Chatfield, Minnesota, to Art and Winifred Houghtelin and died in Enid on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at the age of 90 years. She was the second of seven children.
In 1939, Juanita came to live with her grandparents, Cliff and Nelle McDonnel, in Manchester, Oklahoma. She attended eighth grade at Rosedale School. She spent three years at Amorita High School, graduating in 1945.
Juanita attended Northwestern State College, Alva, obtaining a War Emergency Teaching Certificate. She taught at Rosedale for a year and at Victory for a year. Both schools were one-room schools, which later consolidated with Amorita Schools.
Juanita married Howard Parr August 11, 1947, at First Baptist Church, Cherokee. They were married for 61 happy, eventful years. After his death, she continued to focus on family, taking a family trip to Boston to investigate her heritage.
She loved hosting children and grandchildren on "The Farm," a treat for her and for them. At 89 she tackled remodeling the living room on the farm.
In addition to raising their family, she served as the girls' basketball sponsor and taught Sunday School. She was a long-time member of First Baptist Church of Cherokee. She was a member of Eastern Star and the Jolly 20 Community Service Club.
Nita participated in various capacities of the Alfalfa County Fair, including as an entrant and as a superintendent. She was extremely interested in family and all things Amorita. She was the unofficial historian for Amorita and surrounding areas. A friend described her as, "A great woman and the soul of Amorita."
Juanita also served on the board of Alfalfa County Historical Museum and as a judge for the Alfalfa County Election Board, Amorita Precinct. She was an officer for the Amorita High School Alumni Association. Nita would do almost any community job she was asked to do.
Juanita was preceded in death by husband, Howard, daughter, Carolyn Hoadley, her two sisters and four brothers.
She is survived by sons, Bob Parr and wife, Connie of Nash; and Harold Parr and wife, Suzy of Oklahoma City; son-in-law, Ken Hoadley of Flint, Michigan, and daughter, Janette Payne and husband, Bobby of Kearney, Nebraska; grandchildren, Abby Fleming and husband, Aaron of Conway, Arkansas; Eric Parr and wife, Tina of Blanchard; Cliff Phillips of Fairview; Travis Parr of Wilmette, Illinois; Tyler Parr and wife, Michelle of Kansas City, Missouri; Steph Rasmussen and husband, Spencer of Las Vegas, Nevada; Greg Payne and wife, Brande of Lincoln, Nebraska; and Kimberly Anderson and husband, Nathaniel of Lincoln, Nebraska; great-grandchildren, Collin, Cale, Camryn, Callen, Coleen (Coco), Amorita, Reed, Korben, Charlotte (Lola), Kyle and Harper.
Funeral service is 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 14, 2018, at Cherokee First Baptist Church. Burial follows at Byron-Amorita Cemetery with arrangements by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Cherokee.
Viewing is 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. today, April 13 2018, with family present 5-7:00 p.m.
Memorials may be made to Stamp out Starvation at StampOutStarvation.com directly, or through Lanman Funeral Home. www.LanmanMemorials.com Facebook: Lanman Funeral Home Inc.
Published on April 12, 2018