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Juanita (Exendine) Moody


Juanita (Exendine) Moody was born Dec. 29, 1919, to parents, Joseph and Viola (McCutcheon) Exendine, in Tipton, Okla. She passed away at her home in Norwood on Jan. 27, 2022, at 102 years of age. Juanita grew up in Oklahoma. Both of her parents were deaf/mute and she became fluent in sign language. She didn’t learn how to speak until age 8, when her aunt came to live with the family.  She married her first husband, Joe McDown, and lived in Oklahoma. They moved to a farm on Fox Creek until his passing. She then married Elmer Moody and ran Moodys Service & Grocery. Juanita was saved at a young age, and she was a member at Corinth Baptist Church in Macomb. Juanita said the secrets to a long life were keep your mouth shut/don’t tell everything you see and drink milk.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Anita and Viva Jo; her brother, Joseph; her husband, Joe; and her husband, Elmer. She is survived by her step-children, Steve Moody (Tammy), Deana Kelly (Ron) and Rhonda Coy (Norman); eight step-grandchildren, Gary Kelly, LeAnn Kelly, Matthew Moody, Tara Dennis, Heath Coy, Whitney Coy, Tristan Fleetwood and Jordan Fleetwood; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Juanita will be greatly missed by her friends and family. Graveside services for Juanita Moody were held Monday, Jan. 31, 2022, at 2 p.m. at Macomb Cemetery with Ron Kelly officiating. Song selection was “Some Day” sung by John Kelly, Clayton Kelly and Bridget Lawson. Burial was in Macomb Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mountain Grove. Memorial contributions may be made to Gideons in care of the funeral home. Online condolences:  www.craighurttfuneralhome.com.