Juanita Hayes Bradas

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Juanita Bradas, age 84, passed away peacefully at her home in Alexandria on Thursday, May 16, 2019. Funeral services celebrating her extraordinary life were May 20 at the Chapel of Hixson Brothers in Alexandria, with the Rev. DeeAnne Johnson officiating. Burial followed in Alexandria Memorial Gardens.

Juanita was born in Dry Prong on November 26, 1934. She is preceded in death by her parents, Noah and Bertha Mae Hayes; brothers, Reginald Hayes, Rudolph Hayes, Harold Hayes and sister, Doris Johnson.

Juanita moved to Alexandria in 1950. She graduated from Bolton High School in 1952, where she played in the band, was a member of Y-Teens and attended Pelican State.

After graduation she entered the work force and eventually became executive assistant for Jim Meyer at Meyer, Meyer, LaCroix & Hixson and a board member of the firm. Juanita joined the LaPine Chapter of the National Secretaries Association, serving as president, and was voted Secretary of the Year. She was also a volunteer with the Chamber of Commerce Red Coats, District secretary for the Louisiana Lottery Association, and secretary for St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church.

After retiring to her beloved dream home at Toledo Bend, Juanita was very active in the local community and church. Some of her activities included the Sabine Master Gardeners; serving two terms at the Sabine Council on Aging board; member of the Toledo Bend Lake Association; attending Zwolle Methodist Church and serving as membership chairman and secretary to the Church Council and president of the United Methodist Women of Zwolle Methodist Church. Juanita’s passions were far and wide, which included gardening, art, round dancing, golf, Wildflower group, traveling on cruises, playing bridge, canasta and dominos, and skiing with her family well into her 60’s.

For over 40 years, her Alexandria home was the gathering place of the entire family for “Thursday Night Supper.” She will be remembered for her wonderful pot roast and blueberry banana pie and always burning the bread- smoke alarm and all.

Juanita’s legacy is in the way she lived, the lives she touched and the love she shared. Her love of God and love of life was evident through her beautiful smile, twinkling eyes, hospitality, and warmly welcoming everyone she met. Family, church, and her beautiful flowers and gardens were the joys of her life. She was a ray of sunshine that made the world brighter and warmer for family and friends.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of 64 years, John L. Bradas; daughter, Nita Deville and husband Wayne; sons, John Michael Brads and wife Susan, and Jeffrey Alan Bradas and wife, Shonda; grandchildren, Jennifer Asher, Shaun Deville and Lauren, Michael Paul Bradas and Beth, Jeffrey Bradas, Jr. and Danielle, Erica Bradas and Emily Bradas; 11 great grands, Hailey, Garrett, Logan, Hunter, Hayden, Noah, Peyton, Jackson, Sophie, Rilee and Brody; great-great grands, Sawyer and Cooper; nieces, Sylvia Hayes Ortiz and Lisa Hayes Oustalet; nephews, Donnie Hayes and Tommy Johnson; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Linda and Richard Shaw and friends.

Pallbearers honored to serve were John Michael Bradas, Michael Paul Bradas, Shaun Deville, Jeffrey Bradas, Jr., Donnie Hayes and Bobby Shaw. Honorary pallbearers were the United Methodist Women of Zwolle Methodist Church.

Memorials may be made to the Methodist Children’s Home, P.O. Box 929, Ruston, LA, 71232, or Zwolle Methodist Church, 2037 Obrie Street, Zwolle, LA, 71486, or St. Joseph Hospice, 429 Murray Street, 6th Floor, Alexandria, LA, 71303.

A Special Thank You to St. Joseph Hospice and their caring angels Descha, Glenda, Sabrina and Betsy.

To extend online condolences to the Bradas family, please visit us at www.hixsonbrothers.com.

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