She was surrounded by her loving family, who sang gospel hymns as she slipped away.
Born in March 1937, she was the second child and first daughter of Jacob Vernon and Pearl Clark Anthony, who preceded her in death.
Juanita grew up working hard alongside her parents, sisters and brothers on the family farm. After graduating from Pickens High School in 1954, she began working at Monaghan Mill in Greenville, where she met her future husband, Clifton Joe Campbell. He first saw her through a window at the plant and thought she was the most beautiful woman he’d ever seen. He was right.
Juanita and Joe married in 1956 and lived in Greenville, S.C. for a few years before moving to their home in Pickens, S.C. They built a life together and had four children — Sheila, Pam, Denise and Becky — who they loved dearly. As a stay-at-home mom, Juanita was innovative in coming up with ways to do a job with what they had on hand — something she inarguably learned growing up. She was smart, beautiful and strong, and she taught her girls and her grandchildren a strong work ethic.
Juanita, who once wanted to be a nurse became the ultimate nurturer as a mother and grandmother. She was also a caregiver to several nieces, nephews, her grandchildren and their children over the years – all who called her Nana.
She was never one to sit still for long and loved nature and being outside. She was strong, independent and loved spending time visiting with her sisters and brother. Up until the day she became ill, she looked vibrant and full of life.
In addition to her parents, Juanita was preceded in death by her husband, Joe, and oldest brother, Fulton Anthony and a brother-in-law, Johnny Joe Davis. She is survived by her four daughters, Sheila Koza (Don), Pamela Jones (Rick), Denise Baldwin (Ronnie), who all live in the Pickens area, and Becky Campbell, who lives in Johnson City, Tenn.; eight grandchildren: Jonathan Koza (Rebekah), Jessica Jones Barker (Julian), Jake Koza, Eric Jones, Justin Baldwin, Dillon Baldwin (Hillary), Lori Baldwin and Nathan Baldwin; eight great-grandchildren: Walker Akers, Harrison Koza, Natalie Koza, Claire Barker, Cosette Barker, Asher Barker, Briggs Barker and Denver Baldwin.
Her love for them was immeasurable, and they brought great joy to her life.
Also left to cherish her memory are her sisters, Leuna Kelley, Lillie Davis and Molly Denton and a brother, Henry Anthony; several nieces and nephews, and two aunts, Betty Anthony Crawford and Shirley Anthony Spencer.
A celebration of Juanita’s life is scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m. at Mountain View Mortuary Funeral Home, 105 Florence St., Pickens. Prior to the celebration, the family will receive friends at 1 p.m. at the funeral home, and internment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery, 2402 Gentry Memorial Highway, Pickens.