Ruby "Juanita" McClure Sutton – September 11, 2011

Ruby “Juanita” McClure Sutton passed away on September 11th in Amarillo, Texas. She was  87 years old.  Born on July 23, 1924 in Butlerville, Arkansas to Lyle and Elora McClure, she grew up in Ulm, Arkansas and moved to Little Rock and Jacksonville, Arkansas and later to Detroit, Michigan to work in munitions plants during World War II. She moved with her family to Amarillo, Texas where she worked as a hairdresser at The Carousel Beauty Salon until finally retiring in 2001. She was a hard working and fiercely independent woman who was respected and admired by everyone who knew her.
Juanita was a beloved mother, grandmother, sister and aunt who was cherished by her family. She loved Jesus, her family, her country, the Arkansas Razorbacks, the Texas Rangers, the Dallas Cowboys, and her dog, Maggie – although not always necessarily in that order. She clipped the television sports schedule from the newspaper every morning so she did not miss any opportunities to cheer for her favorite players and teams. One of her favorite memories was winning the Arkansas State Girl’s Basketball championship during high school with her father as her coach. She was devoted to her daughters, granddaughters, brothers, sister and extended family.
Juanita is survived by two daughters and their husbands, Susan Clawitter Hixson and Jay Hixson of Paris, Arkansas, and Deborah Clawitter Hansen and Randy Hansen of Amarillo, Texas; three granddaughters, Leslie Hixson Herrington and her husband, Austin, of Little Rock, Arkansas, Marcie Hansen Bunch and her husband, Trey, of Dallas, Texas, and Lindsey Hixson of Hot Springs, Arkansas; a sister, Pate Stanphill, of Denison, Texas; two brothers, Denver McClure of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Frank McClure and his wife, Una, of Searcy, Arkansas;  a sister-in-law, Betty McClure of Cedarville, Texas; six great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews throughout Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Tennessee. She was preceded in death by both parents and a brother, Alton McClure. Memorial Services will be held at a later date at Lone Tree Cemetary in Suttgart, Arkansas, officiated by Juanita’s great-nephew, Russell Stanphill of Humboldt, Tennessee. Arrangements are being handled by Turpin Funeral Home in Stuttgart, Arkansas.

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