SIKESTON -- Juanita Alcorn, age 94, died Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston.
She was born Aug. 18, 1918, in Hornersville, to the late Peter Uestus and Lora Lee Moody Branum, she was very active in the community.
She was chosen Sikeston's Woman of the Year in 1972 and received a key to the city and many awards from area businesses. Also, she was duchess of Paducah, Ky., and received keys to the cities of Mobile, Ala., and New Orleans, La. She served on the Business of Professional Women's Club, Coalesce, Rotary, Kiwanis, Elks and Eagles auxiliaries, Red Hat Society, Beta Sigma Phi and was a volunteer at the Sikeston Depot. She was appointed area management real estate broker over six counties in Southeast Missouri for the Department of Veterans Affairs for 18 years. She served as district deputy grand matron of Eastern Star and held the star office of Esther.
She was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church and the Philanthean Sunday School class. As her children were growing up, she was active in Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, often conducting bus tours with them to Washington, D.C. She was an active realtor for many years.
On Sept. 12, 1935, she married Darrell Ellis Alcorn who preceded her in death on Nov. 11, 2001.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by one daughter, Bonnie Zugschwerdt, three brothers, Harry Branum, Charles Branum and Bill Branum, and six sisters, Rachel Pierce, Alma Schuchart, Helen Walters, Elzora Branum, Betty Jo Yeargain and Imogene Arnold.
Loving survivors include: a son and daughter-in-law, William and Wendy Alcorn of Sikeston; a daughter, Nancy Wymer of Sikeston; and six grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m., with Eastern Star services at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 28 at the Ponder Funeral Home where services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. The Rev. Harry G. Sharp III, a retired United Methodist minister, will officiate.
Burial will follow in the Memorial Park Cemetery in Sikeston.
Online condolences may be sent at www.ponderfuneralhome.com.
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