Juanita was born Dec. 13, 1922, in Melder, La., the fifth of seven children to Edgar and Carrie (Ashmore) Kirkpatrick.
She was united in marriage to Alvin Jelken March 17, 1946.
Juanita was a longtime resident of Brunsville where she and her husband, Alvin, operated the Brunsville Lumber & Hardware business for many years.
Alvin and Juanita were the parents of four daughters and were always active in their lives. Juanita enjoyed family gatherings, sewing and gardening. She could often be seen working in her vegetable garden and flower beds late into the evening.
Since moving to Brunsville, Juanita was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church. She was active in ALCW, and helped with Sunday School and Luther League. Juanita also enjoyed participating in the Brunsville Four Seasons Garden Club and was a member of TOPS Club for many years. She enjoyed traveling, especially summer trips back home to Louisiana.
Survivors include her four daughters, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild: Sharman Otten, her children Fynn, Cayd and Meta Otten; Elner Jelken, her son Brandt Jelken, his wife, Michelle and their son, Noah; Charlene and Tom Laflin, and their daughter Cassie; and Shelly and Dennis LeRoy and their daughter Cozette. Survivors also include two sisters, Vonnie V. Johnson and Pattie Ruth Monk; one brother, S.E. Kirkpatrick; and brother- and sisters-in-law: Florence Jennings, Lillian Ludwigs, Leona Pierce, Shirley Jelken, and Dick and Darla Jelken. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Juanita was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin; her parents, Edgar and Carrie Kirkpatrick; siblings, Pauline Kirkpatrick, Gladys McRaney, JT Kirkpatrick and brothers- and sisters-in-law.
A memorial service honoring Juanita's life is being planned for a later date to be held at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Brunsville.