Juanita Evelyn Hamblin, 86,of Olathe, Kansas, passed away May 7, 2018.
She was born October 4, 1931 in Spring Hill, Kansas, the daughter of George and Lula Dill. She was the youngest of 6 children. Her mother died when she was 6 years old and the family moved from the farm outside Spring Hill to Olathe soon after. She met her lifelong best friend Doris Colson while in elementary school in Olathe. Doris was Juanita’s neighbor for the last year when they both moved to Vintage Park, an assisted living center in Gardner. Juanita met her future husband Elvin Hamblin in 1947 after he came home from serving in the Army during WW II. They married in June of that year.
Juanita started working as a cashier at Thriftway, eventually moving on to work in several aviation electronic companies, including King Radio and Bonzar Avionics. She left Bonzar to work for Johnson County as a purchasing agent and retired from the county in 1994.
She was a long-time member of Grace United Methodist church of Olathe, and an active member of the United Methodist women. In the 1960’s she was active in Olathe Babe Ruth and Olathe Little League Mothers association and was instrumental in getting the first lights installed at the Olathe Little League east fields on Dennis Avenue, the site of the current VFW hall.
She enjoyed traveling with her husband Elvin. They made two trips to Israel, cruises through the Panama canal, the inner passage to Alaska and the St. Lawrence Seaway to Maine and New England. A cabin at Lake of the Ozarks provided many years of weekend family gatherings.
Juanita was preceded in death by her husband, Elvin, in April of 2017 and her siblings Raymond Dill, Alice Albertson, Velma Varnes, Maxine McPherson and Leona Wagner.
Juanita is survived by her three children Linda Hoffman, David Hamblin and Marvin Hamblin, eight grandchildren; Cathe York, Becky Vaughn, Marida Cutler, Chad Hamblin,Trisha Stevenson, Matt Hamblin, Natalie Morrison and Kate Hamblin.
She is also survived by thirteen great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be given to Grace United Methodist Church, Olathe Kansas.