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Juana Ree (Owens) Forrester – April 25, 2015

Juana Ree (Owens) Forrester, 80, passed away on April 25, 2015, at home in Amarillo after a long illness. Forrester Obit Photo

A Memorial service will be held on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at 2:00 pm at Polk Street United Methodist Church in Amarillo.  The family will receive visitors on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, from 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home, 2800 Paramount Blvd.  A private burial service will be held at Llano Cemetery prior to the memorial service.

Juana Ree was born on May 9, 1934, in Amarillo to Rhea Herron Owens and Juanita Bagwell Owens.  She graduated from Amarillo High School in 1952.  She graduated from Christian College in Columbia, MO prior to attending the University of Texas in Austin from which she graduated in January 1957.  While at UT, she was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.  Upon graduation from UT, Juana Ree returned to Amarillo and taught Physical Education at Palo Duro High School and at Amarillo College.

Juana Ree married Carroll Mack Forrester on June 7, 1958, in the chapel of Polk Street Methodist Church.  Juana Ree and Carroll were blessed to have three sons, all of whom were born in Amarillo.  Words used by Juana Ree’s sons to describe her were: caring, outgoing, gregarious.  They all remember her infectious laugh and her warm smile.

Juana Ree was very dedicated to her family and friends.  She was a wonderful mother, attending the many activities and sporting events in which her sons were involved.  She taught them to play tennis, which was a sport that she enjoyed very much.  Juana Ree had eight grandchildren that she enjoyed and in whom she took great pride.  Her eldest granddaughter remembers Juana Ree teaching her an appreciation for various forms of art.   She enjoyed traveling with her long-time friends to a new location each year.

Community involvement and service to others was very much a part of who Juana Ree was.  She was an active participant and volunteer in the Lone Star Ballet, the Junior League of Amarillo, the PEO sisterhood, the Kappa Alpha Theta Alumni group, the May Birthday Group and the Life Two-Gether Sunday School Class at Polk Street UMC.  She also served on the Board of Trustees of Polk Street UMC.   Juana Ree was a strong and determined woman who contributed much to her family and friends, and to the community of Amarillo.

Juana Ree was preceded in death by her father, her mother and her sister, Virginia (Ginger) Owens Lauderdale.  She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Carroll Mack Forrester, her three sons, Mack Forrester and wife Billie of Dallas, Matthew Forrester and his wife Sally of Amarillo and Miles Forrester of Amarillo and her eight grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to the Polk Street United Methodist Church, 1401 S. Polk Street, Amarillo, 79101, the Amarillo College Foundation, P. O. Box 447, Amarillo, 79173,  or the charity of your choice.

The family would like to especially thank Juana Ree’s caregivers Mrs. Teri Roberts, Ms. Karen Gilbert, and Mr. Ross Bullard and other members of Interim Healthcare.


  • Joyce L. Nelson Posted April 26, 2015 9:11 pm

    I am so sorry to read of the passing of Juana Ree.
    She was always such a nice person and I enjoyed working with her as one of my substitutes. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Joyce L. Nelson

  • Amy Forrester Posted April 27, 2015 1:47 pm

    Uncle Carroll, Mack, Matthew, & Miles,
    I am sorry to hear about Aunt Juana Ree’s passing; my thoughts and prayers to you during this difficult time.

  • David Horsley & Michele Fortunato Posted April 27, 2015 9:00 pm

    Carroll Mack — So sorry to hear about your beloved Juana Ree. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. — David and Michele

  • AJ Johnson Posted April 28, 2015 12:03 am

    Carroll you and your family will be in our prayers.

  • Amy James Posted April 28, 2015 9:42 am

    Mack and Family,
    You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  • Kathryn & Jerry King Posted April 28, 2015 4:49 pm

    Sorry for your loss. She was a great lady. We were class mates in the 1952 AHS graduating class.

  • Karli Dye Posted April 28, 2015 5:39 pm

    What great memories I have of our tennis days! You will be in my thoughts and prayers as I know this is a difficult time.

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