Juanita Bogard Steadman died February 18, 2013 in her home of natural causes. Born April 28, 1908 in Cape Giradeau, Missouri, Juanita graduated from Glen Ellyn High School (Illinois) in 1923 and lived with her family in Little Rock, Arkansas. In 1933, she married John Steadman and they moved west, first to the San Francisco area then later to Hollywood in 1945 and finally, to their home in La Canada in 1956 close to his work in the entertainment industry. Juanita continued to live in this home until her death. Juanita was predeceased by her daughter Mary Lou Steadman Dixon in 1966 and husband John Steadman in 1993.
Juanita worked as an administrative assistant at LockheedAircraft in Burbank in the years following World War II. John Steadman was a broadcaster first with NBC radio and then with the Armed Forces Radio /Television Network for more than 30 years and a character actor in film and television. He had a leading character role in the first Longest Yard film starring Burt Reynolds.
Juanita is survived by her grandsons Patrick R Dixon (Diane), David M Dixon (Kathleen) and
granddaughter Robyn Dixon Freeman (Gregory); six grandchildren (Colleen Dixon Tompkins,
Bradley Dixon, Jennifer Dixon, and Kevin, James and David Freeman and two great great grandsons (Troy John Freeman and Joseph Brooks Tompkins). Her grandchildren are grateful for Juanita's many years of loving support to the family after their mother passed away.
Juanita loved playing hymns and popular music on her organ and piano until her mid-nineties, wrote and published books of poetry and was an original founder in the mid-1960s of the La Canada Country Club bridge club. She retired from the bridge club in 1996. She was especially proud of her collection of personal correspondence with every U.S. president from Harry Truman to Bill Clinton, a personal favorite from her Little Rock years.