Obituary: Grace Juanita Cliburn |

Obituary: Grace Juanita Cliburn

Charity fund-raiser; member numerous service groups

Grace Juanita Cliburn, 85, died Dec. 27, 2003, at Carson-Tahoe Hospital in Carson City.

She was born June 29, 1918, to Thomas Winter and Addah Packer in Webb City, Mo.

She married Warren Cliburn July 2, 1939, in Las Vegas, Nev. He preceded her in death in 1978 in Ontario, Calif.

Grace had lived in Gardnerville for 15 years. She was a homemaker and worked for numerous restaurants in the Ontario, Calif. area where she had lived for 41 years.

She was a member of Women’s Relief Corp.; Ladies Auxiliary, Fleet Reserve Association; Women of the Moose; Ontario Parent-Teacher Association; and Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Girl Scout leader. She loved cooking, fund-raising for local charities, and making macrame clothes hangers for friends, loved ones and fund-raising events. She was a Protestant.

Preceding her in death were her brothers Harry Smith, Kenneth Winter and Wilburn Winter; sister Noami Seward Olds; and step-brothers Ray Watson, Eugene Watson and Wayne Watson.

Surviving are her son Raymond of Visalia, Calif.; son Warren of Boring, Ore.; son Tom of Davie, Wash.; daughter Caroline Russell of Carlsbad, Calif.; daughter Addah Dunnof of Gardnerville; daughter Judy Suter of Bishop, Calif.; daughter Martha Dodd of Glen Avon, Calif.; daughter Ruth Maehling of Brighton, Mich.; foster son Joe Righetti of Washington; sisters-in-law Warene Cruz-Beaumont of California and Lolita Winter of Missouri; 20 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Local services were Tuesday, Dec. 30, at FitzHenry’s Carson Valley Funeral Home in Gardnerville. Another service will be Jan. 2 at 2 p.m. at Richardson-Peterson Funeral Home in Ontario, Calif. with visitation from noon to 2 p.m.

FitzHenry’s Funeral Home in Carson City was entrusted with arrangements.