Juanita was raised in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. In 1940, Juanita was employed by Douglas Aircraft in Tulsa, Oklahoma as a Riveter during World War II. In 1943, Juanita transferred to Long Beach, California where she worked as a Rosie the Riveter. Her name is among those honored at the Long Beach Rosie the Riveter and Interpretive Center. Her name is displayed on a Historical Plaque.
Juanita worked as a Window Dresser at Lerner’s Clothing Store, and a Nurses’ Assistant at Cedar Sinai Hospital. Later Juanita attended Trade Tech College where she earned a Degree in Nursing, Cosmetology and she also earned a Teachers Credential. While earning her educational degrees Juanita was a fulltime parent of six children.
Juanita worked as a Licensed Vocational Nurse during the evening shift and taught Head Start, as well as a Teacher Assistant in Special Education with LAUSD during the day. After her Retirement, she became a fulltime Childcare Provider for her Grandchildren.
Juanita also volunteered with the American Red Cross, L A Bridges, and the Literacy Program at the Watts Library. Juanita also took part in Voters’ Registration during the 1960’s. Juanita worked diligently during the Tom Bradley Mayoral election. Through her many jobs including a fulltime parent, Juanita taught her children the importance of a relationship with God, family, education and community services. Juanita expressed the importance of keeping the 10 Commandments and Jesus’ New Commandment as expressed in John 13:34 – “A new commandment I give unto you. That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”
Juanita joined Ascension Catholic Church in 1972 where she served as a teacher for Catholic Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Right of Christian Initiation of Adults, a Member and Officer of the Altar and Rosary Society, a Missionary Cenacle Apostolic and Eucharistic Minister.
Juanita was preceded in death by her parents, Mike Stephens and Jessie Kern, her sister Ruth Tompkins and brother Frank L Stephens, Sr.
Juanita leaves to cherish her memory her children: Clifford E McClain, Jessye R Scott Stafford, Iranita E Scott-Lewis (Lloyd), Mikeal F Scott-Milton (Anthony), Barbara R Scott, and Merri J Scott. Siblings: Anna Martin, Albert Stephens, and Edna Fields. Grandchildren: Karen McClain, Claudia Flowers (Anthony), Myk’l Williams (Chanelle), Alton Stafford, Ellis Stafford (Killee), Anthony Milton, Chris Milton, Lloyd Lewis (Porsha), Clifford McClain II, L’Roi Milton, Dimitry Franklin, Loydjuan Lewis, Frederick Stafford II, Nicole Okafor, Jalaysia Scott, and Jeremiah Scott. Great-grandchildren: Jace Sampson, Freddie Wilson III (Michelle), Ebony Stafford, Grant Williams, Andrea Riley, Ellizion Stafford, Lamont Riley, Tristian Stafford, Avant Stafford, Aniya Montgomery, Geno Langford, JaAsia Stafford, Jyma Stafford, Mykal Milton, Kyresse Stafford, Logan Lewis, Camylle Milton, Moriah Stafford, Justin Broussard Jr, Genea Langford, Trinity Milton, Layla Lewis and Great great grandchildren: Ava Wilson and Freddie Wilson IV. A host of cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends that she loved dearly.
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