On Thursday, February 28, 1930 in Covington County Mississippi a beautiful daughter was born to the Lillie and Lovelace Dawson. Juanita was the first born of nine siblings.
Juanita loved The Lord and at an early age she joined the Old Hopewell Baptist Church. She was baptized and a faithful member until she graduated high school from the Covington County School System.
Juanita had a soft quiet spirit. She was steadfast, strong, faithful, and decisive when making choices concerning Christ, life, and love.
Upon moving to San Diego in 1957 Juanita joined Calvary Baptist Church, under the leadership of the late Dr. S.M. Lockridge. She grew as a mature Christian and learned to love the Lord even more. She understood that we are saved by the Blood of the Lamb. She loved praise and worship. After being at Calvary for more than thirty years she moved her membership to the New Paradise Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor James Moore, Jr. She remained a faithful member until her death.
In pursuing her life choices, she moved to San Diego, California in 1957 along with the love of her life, Leroy Langston. The two were married on May 31, 1957. She was a loving wife, devoted mother to their children George Edward Langston and Belinda Victoria Langston.
Juanita and Leroy shared more than forty-two years of joy and happiness until her beloved husband passed on November 4, 1999.
Juanita pursued nursing as her life long career. She provided excellent patient care as a Surgical LVN at UC San Diego Hospital for more than forty-five years until she retired.
Juanita loved to eat and loved good food. Fresh food from the south made her feel so happy. While enjoying her food she would have a big smile of joy on her face. She would fold clothes just like they came out of the packages from the department store. Juanita knew how to make things around her beautiful and make you feel beautiful as well. She was always kind and generous to all she met. Juanita would often say she had a love or boyfriend and we all knew it was Jesus.
Preceding her in death were; children George and Belinda; five brothers and two sisters James Dawson, Oliver Dawson, LC Dawson, LV Dawson, Joe Dawson, Eula Kirkland, and Naomi Langston.
Juanita leaves to cherish her memories; two brothers George L. Dawson of Collins, MS and Simon Dawson of Los Angles, CA; two sisters-in-law Bessie Dawson of Los Angles and Ann Dawson of Victorville, CA; one uncle JC (Cindy) Dawson of Raleigh, MS; and one daughter-in-law Elma Langston of New York; three grandchildren Anthony Langston, Gregory Langston, both of California, and Nia Mya Langston of New York; a goddaughter Christine Epps who coordinated her care, along with a team of caregivers, and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.