Juanita Tyree, 85, formerly of Edinburgh, passed from this life to eternal life Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at Forest Creek Nursing Home in Indianapolis.
Juanita was born July 16, 1928, and raised in Franklin, Kentucky. She was the only surviving daughter of Alford and Arizona (Dalton) Kirby, along with five brothers.
She and her family worked hard on land that her father share-cropped before and during the war. She told her family many stories from this time in her life, but the one they liked to hear about most was their love story.
She met Pfc. Joe Tyree on the town square while he was on leave. He had been on Normandy Beach, had fought in Germany and France. They dated for
29 days, fell in love and decided to marry when Joe returned from overseas. They were together on the town square when the news came that the war was over. They were married on Dec. 4, 1945. Juanita’s parents didn’t attend their simple wedding because “it wouldn’t last.”
The marriage that “wouldn’t last” produced four children who survive, Mary Jo (John) Fullhart, Nancy A. (Steve) Myers, Jeffrey L. (Delores) Tyree and Annette (David) Young; 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two brothers, Jim Kirby of Indianapolis and Joe Kirby of Phoenix.
Juanita and Joe were married 59 years. They had a lifelong habit of squeezing hands three times to say “I love you.” He went home to be with the Lord on Nov. 18, 2004, but not before squeezing her hand two times, but she knew. She grieved for him her remaining years.
She enjoyed canning vegetables and embroidering things for people she loved. Most important to her was her Savior, Jesus, and family. We will miss her always.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister, Mary Lois Kirby; brothers, Ray, Leonard and Paul Kirby; and great-grandsons, Peyton Warren and Jaxon Lewis.
A celebration of her life will be officiated by Pastor Scott Bourland at
2 p.m. Saturday at Eskew-Eaton Funeral Home, 302 E. Main Cross St., Edinburgh. Calling will be from 10 a.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Rest Haven Cemetery in Edinburgh.