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Juanita A. Mathena - 92

5/26/1924 - 1/4/2017

Colchester, Illinois

Juanita A. Mathena age 92 of Colchester, passed away Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at Heartland Health Care Center in Macomb, Illinois.  She was born May 27, 1924 in Bluff City, Illinois, to Loren and Evanna Parks Fisher.  Juanita was united in marriage to Wayne K. Brown, April 1945, she was later united in marriage to Bobby L Mathena on June 16, 1965, in Peoria, Illinois.
Surviving to mourn her passing are her Husband of 51 years, Bobby Mathena, Sons; Gerald and Cindy Brown, Carthage, Illinois, Roger and Paula Brown, Macomb, Illinois, Rodney Brown, Kanas City, Missouri, Kevin Brown, Tennessee, Illinois, 1 Daughter Kimberly and George Lewis, Bloomington, Illinois, 14 Grandchildren: Jamison, Erin, Austin, Paxton, Wyatt, Brandi, Christopher, David, Kimberly, Joshua, Anna, Amanda Emily, Brett, 6 Great Grandchildren: Reece, Gavin, Jersey, Jesslynn, Jace, Charlotte, 2 Half Sisters, Romona Teel, Industry, Darlene Jarnot, Macomb, 1 Half Brother: Gary Fisher, Macomb.
Juanita had been employed at Western Illinois University in Building services.  She was a member of the Colchester Eastern Star, Colchester United Methodist Church, Women’s Bowling Association of which she bowled all over the United States.  Upon the death of her mother, she was raised by her Grandparents, Worley and Hattie Parks.  In 1937 she moved with her grandparents to Colchester, where she graduated from Colchester High School in 1943.  She loved to fish, having a cabin on the river for many years.  When she was not fishing she loved her country music, always having the radio on.  She attended many Country music Concerts all over the country and taking her kids with her.  After the kids grew up, they started taking her to many concerts in St. Louis or Chicago.  Juanita also loved her Chicago Cubs, which she was proud to let you know she was a Cub Fan.  Of all the different things that Juanita did in her life, the greatest treasure was her husband, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Celebration of Life Service will be 6:00 P.M. Thursday, January 12, 2017, at Jones Mortuary in Colchester with Rev. Mark Smith.  Visitation with the family will be from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. Thursday at the funeral home.  Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Wednesday.  Cremation will follow the services, burial at Mt. Auburn Cemetery will take place at a later date.  Memorials are to McDonough District Hospital Hospice or Colchester Rescue.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com.


4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. Thursday at the Funeral Home

Celebration of Life:

6:00 P.M. Thursday at the Funeral Home


  • Paula Moore

    on 01/06/17

    Kevin and Kim, So very sorry about your loss. What a wonderful woman Juanita was. Thinking of you and your entire family. Keeping you all in thoughts and prayer. Love and Blessings Paula and Randall Moore & Family
  • richard.e.burnham

    on 01/07/17

    sorry 4 your loss
  • Cathy & Tim

    on 01/09/17

    We are so sorry Kim & George and family. Know it's been difficult the past months. We are thinking of you now & praying for all of you.
  • Linda Mason Koenig and family

    on 01/10/17

    Thinking of all of you at this time even though won't be able to make it back. She was wonderful!
  • Shirley Louderman

    on 01/10/17

    To Juanita's Family- So sorry for Your loss-Have known Juanita for years & She was always a Beautiful Person inside & out! My thoughts & Prayers are with Your Family at this difficult time-
  • Cindy Lewis

    on 01/10/17

    So sad to hear of your loss. Peace and comfort to you all, in the name of Jesus.
  • Lisa Ford, RN

    on 01/12/17

  • Marilyn and Ronnie Smith

    on 01/13/17

    So sorry for your loss. I went to several bowling tournaments with Juanita. Have fond memories of those trips. She was a wonderful woman.
  • Roger and Janet Hocker

    on 01/17/17

    702 S. Dudley St.
  • Jackie Pollock

    on 01/17/17

    Bobby & Family, Learned of Juanita's passing from the McDonough County Choice & am so sorry to learn of her passing. May God comfort & bless you in your time of mourning. I thought the world of her when I worked at Wesley Village.

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