Homemaker’s focus was all children

By Kevin Wilson

Juanita Wright wasn’t big on going on trips, family members said. She wasn’t big on going to the movies, either.
Wright didn’t need much to keep her entertained — an Afghan, a good book, or Monday night wrestling served her just fine, they said.
Wright, a lifelong homemaker and child care provider, died Tuesday at 77 at Roosevelt General Hospital.
She spent her final 25 years in Portales, helping raise her granddaughter and babysitting neighborhood children.
As much as she loved to read Danielle Steele mysteries or watch CSI, family members said her favorite activity was wrestling.
“What we both like to watch is Monday night wrestling,” said daughter Caryol Wright. “We love that.”
Juanita was born Nov. 13, 1925 in Mobeetie, Texas, to James Willard and Nona Belle Lea. Her family moved to Portales when she was a teenager, where she lived until she married Johnny Martin Creed Wright in 1947.
The couple moved to House, where they lived for 30 years. Johnny was a janitor with House Schools for 17 years, in addition to his work as a farmer and rancher.
Following her husband’s death in 1977, Juanita moved to Portales and lived with Caryol, where she helped raise her granddaughter Lanona.
Lanon Kobernick, who works as an X-ray technician in Pampa, Texas, said she grew up under strong discipline from both her mother and her grandmother — especially her grandmother.
“She just told you to do it and you did it,” Kobernick said. “There was no questioning. You didn’t question Grandma.”
Juanita’s other pursuits kept her at home, including her hobby of making Afghans. Caryol figures that the house probably has 15-20 Afghans all around, but Juanita made about 100 over her life. Caryol said each one took about a month to make, and they usually went to neighbors who were expecting a child.
Juanita also spent time acting as a neighborhood babysitter. She made some money from the endeavor, but her family thought the real reward was the chance to help somebody out.
“She was just kind to everybody,” Caryol said. “She’d be a good woman, she’d be a good friend to anybody.”