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Juanita A. Hinson Percival

Juanita A. Hinson Percival
  • December 21, 1924 - September 29, 2015
  • Granby, Connecticut

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“Juanita was a great sister-in-law, since I was married to her sister, Ruth Hinson Douglas. Although we lived many miles apart, we enjoyed a few...Read More »
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“Dear Percival Family,Our deepest condolences on your difficult loss. The obituary for Juanita is beautiful and it is clear she will be missed by many...Read More »
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“Dear Percivals, I am very sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She was a wonderful person, always very generous and genuine. I have fun memories of...Read More »
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“Deb, so sorry to hear about your Mom. ”
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“So sorry to hear of your loss. Keep the happy memories close to your heart! ”
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Juanita Ann Hinson Percival, of Granby, born on December 21, 1924, passed away on Tuesday, September 29, 2015. Juanita (Nita) loved her life. When she reminisced about her youth, she'd frequently tell two stories: that when she first discovered books she decided it was her job to read as many of the good ones as possible, and that in college she made a conscious decision to be a happy person. Nita was raised in St. Augustine, Florida, went to Maryville College in Tennessee, then took a job with the Daughters of the American Revolution in Washington, DC. She met her soon-to-be-husband and love-of-her-life, William Alfred Percival, on a double-date in DC. After they married, the couple settled in Granby, CT, where they raised their three children. Later in life, Nita would tell the kids she was never overly interested in having children, but that once she had them, she was so glad, and she worked hard at encouraging the kids to always love and support each other. Nita was a child of the Depression and abhorred waste. She recycled before there was recycling. She was not rugged, but she happily camped with her outdoorsman husband and the kids, hiking parts of the Appalachian Trail and spending weeks in the woods with the family. Nita was a member of the First Congregational Church of Granby, attended Bible classes and participated in Women's Fellowship there. She obtained her English as a Second Language certificate, and for many years helped church-sponsored refugees (all of whom became her friends) learn to speak English, obtain their citizenships, and adjust to life in the U.S. She was active in the Granby Civic Club, serving as its president as recently as 2010. She participated in the 'Granby Players' drama club, played Bridge, played piano, and tried her hand at painting and drawing. She loved literature, the theater, the symphony, and art. She was close to the women in her book group and the 'Wednesday Walkers,' who quickly grew bored of walking for exercise and began to "walk" through museums, public gardens and historical sites instead. She had a 'can do' attitude and always was supportive and resourceful, driving kids to myriad lessons, sports and clubs and helping with homework. Christmas was always a special occasion; in the early years, the house was 'magically' transformed on Christmas Eve while the children slept. She was a wonderful cook and a loving grandmother, treating grandchildren like royalty on their birthdays. She passed on many important lessons, including: cherish your spouse, stay in touch with your friends, put yourself in the other person's shoes, always keep learning, and believe in yourself. She had a wonderful sense of humor, a beautiful smile, and never spoke a negative word about anyone. She generously supported many causes, including the American Indians and the Wounded Warriors. She is sorely missed. Nita is survived by her three children and their spouses: Deb Percival and Dan Wilson of Avon; Bill Percival and Maggie Percival of Granby; and Trish Percival and Rick Orluk of West Granby. She was known as Mom Perce by her six grandchildren: Will, Dan and Emma Percival of Granby; and Nate, Zach and Chas Orluk of West Granby. She also is survived by her sister Myrtie Powers and brother Daniel Hinson. She was predeceased by her husband of 61 years, William A. Percival, and by her sister Ruth Douglas. Her family will receive friends on Friday, October 2, from 4-7 PM at the Hayes-Huling & Carmon Funeral Home, 364 Salmon Brook St. in Granby. A celebration of Juanita's life will be held at the First Congregational Church of Granby, 219 North Granby Rd., Granby, at 1 PM on Saturday, October 3. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Congregational Church of Granby or to the Granby Education Foundation, P.O. Box 351, Granby, CT 06035.

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