Juanita Mae (Cox) Echelbarger, 64, Greentown, met her Savior, Jesus Christ, at 6:52 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, while in her home, surrounded and loved by her family.
She was born in Kokomo, Indiana, on December 22, 1954 to Loran and Betty (Martin) Cox, and on November 16, 1984, she married Allen Echelbarger, who survives.
Juanita graduated from Haworth High School in 1973 and Wishard School of Nursing in 1976. She worked as a nurse at St. Joseph Hospital until her retirement in 2001. She was a faithful and active member of Greentown Wesleyan Church, where she had a special passion for serving breakfast and coffee in Sherrie’s Sonrise Cafe.
She was a woman full of great passion for life. She loved photography and preserved beautiful memories through her lens. She was so happy at home in her cabin by the creek and loved it most of all when it was filled with her family, especially her children and her grandblessings, who were the delight of her heart. Juanita also loved music, particularly hymns, and enjoyed singing the songs that spoke of Jesus.
Most of all, Juanita loved the Lord and desired to glorify Him with her life and through her courageous battle with illness. She looked forward to eternity with Him in Heaven.
In addition to her husband, Allen, Juanita is survived by her sons, Ryan (Bekah) Shaffer, Kokomo; Rod (Megan) Shaffer, Kokomo; daughter, Brianne (Andrew) Hensley, Swayzee; and step-daughter Lori (Johnny) Wilson, Bunker Hill; nine grandchildren: Jenna, Evan, and Elias Shaffer (and one arriving this summer), Luke and Camden Hensley, Kesley Kinslow, and Kendall and Korbin Wilson; her father, Loran Cox; brothers John (Karen Cox), Anderson; David (Becky) Cox, Berne; sister, Ruthie Manning (Peru); mother-in-law, Barbara Echelbarger; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews who were precious to her.
Juanita was preceded in death by her mother, Betty Cox, and her granddaughter, Kaitlyn Wilson.
A celebration of Juanita’s life and faith will be held at Greentown Wesleyan Church 120 N. Maple Street, Greentown, on Monday, March 11 at 11:00 a.m. with pastors Rev. Eric Roemer and Rev. David Cox officiating and burial following at Simpson Cemetery. Friends are invited to visit the family from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 10 at Greentown Wesleyan Church, 120 N. Maple Street Greentown,
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Greentown Wesleyan Church.
Online condolences may be made at www.hasler-stout.com. Hasler & Stout Funeral Home 112 E. Main Street Greentown assisted the family with arrangements.