Juanita Deane Herrada, 88, of Hershey passed away on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at Linden Court.

Juanita Herrada

Juanita was born Oct. 20, 1929 to Lauren William and Deane Anderson Grove at Judith Gap, Mont. She grew up in Judith Gap and graduated from high school in 1947. Juanita worked for J.C. Penney’s in Lewistown, Mont. for a few years before getting married.

On Feb. 26, 1950, she married Odas Benson at Texarkana, Ark., and they later had a daughter, Verna. The couple lived in Greensbayou, Texas for a while then moved to Venezuela for three years. When they returned to the United States they moved to Wellington, Texas, and bought combines to do custom combining for farms stretching from Texas to Canada.

By 1970 they settled in Hershey where Juanita drove the school bus and got to know many of the kids, an activity she really enjoyed, and worked at Butch’s from 1975 until retiring in 2013.

Juanita was united in marriage to Pedro “Pete” Herrada on July 3, 1993, at Maria Lutheran Church in Hershey. They enjoyed being together for over 20 years and liked spending time with Pete’s family. When the smoke was rising around her house, it meant the barbecue was going and fun was rolling in and the family was pitching quarters.

Juanita was a member of Maria Lutheran Church, VFW Post #1504 Auxiliary, Paul R. Martin Post #279 American Legion Auxiliary and a life member of DAV Orlo E. Eglehoff Auxiliary.

Juanita loved to do crossword puzzles and was a beautiful seamstress. She sewed everything from wedding dresses, which were not easy, to hemming coats, pants, shirts and dresses and she especially loved quilting, cross-stitching and needle point.

She is survived by her step family she called her own, James (Shannon) Herrada and Stella (Brent) Larreau, both of Hershey, Pete Herrada, Jr. (Allan Miliam) of San Antonio, Texas, and Donna Herrada Fuentes of North Platte; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and other family.

Juanita was preceded in death by her husbands, Odas Benson and Pete Herrada; daughter, Verna Benson; sisters, Lucille Buschman and Lorene Sears; brother, Duane Grove; parents; and stepchildren, Rolando Herrada, Simon Herrada, and Carmen Summers.

Cremation was chosen. Memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14 at Odean Colonial Chapel, which is in charge of arrangements. Pastor Erin Dunlavy will officiate. Inurnment will follow in Fort McPherson National Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Hershey Senior Center or PAWS-itive Partners. The memorial book may be signed at odeanchapel.com.