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Juanita May Randolph Sheffler Hudson
December 17, 1929 ~ February 1, 2017
February 3, 2017
Death is inevitable. It is what one does with the gift of life that matters. Juanita May Randolph Hudson entered this life on December 17, 1929, in Edgerton, Wyoming. She was one of five children born to Gertrude and Glenn Randolph. She attacked life with a sense of adventure and strength.

She married Douglas Sheffler when she was a young girl and worked beside him on the little piece of property overlooking the Kootenai River.

Juanita preferred the simple life. Her greatest joy was her family. She raised four beautiful children, various animals, and many gardens. She loved music and supported her husband and his talents by opening “The Little Opry Hall,” a place to dance and socialize.

She cooked and pulled taffy with grandchildren and was known to run the bases with her hair flying and her apron on the at family baseball games. She would ride a sled down the big hills with the best of them. She had a quick wit and gleam in her eyes that could only mean trouble. She had an indomitable spirit.

When her business burned down, her children moved on and her marriage ended, Juanita moved on to Oklahoma to take care of an elderly uncle. She lived there for many years and married her second husband, Denver Hudson. Together they raised cattle.

After losing him to cancer, she wanted to be close to her family again. Juanita moved back to Idaho and spent her time with her mother traveling back and forth between her children and grandchildren. In June of 2016 after falling at home, she moved to the Boundary County Nursing Home where she spent her 87th birthday surrounded by family and friends.

Juanita joined her mother, father, sisters and daughter Lena who preceded her in death on February 1, 2017.

She is survived by her sister Jean Mendenhall, brother Charlie Randolph, son Michael (Cheryl) Sheffler, daughters Mary Jo (Jack) Goettle and Rosanna (Don) Zirkle. Juanita had 17 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren and 15 great great grandchildren.

Her greatest accomplishment was her love of life and her family. She left this earth knowing her Savior would welcome her and that her family would endure forever, even beyond death.

A celebration of Neta’s life will be held at noon June 24 in the Seneacqueteen Cemetery, Sandpoint.