JUANITA PEARL COLLIER
My mom, Juanita Pearl Collier was born on December 12, 1932 in Beck Prairie to Cordelia and Leander Moore, two fantastic sisters, Jewell and Edna, and five rowdy brothers, Wesley, Tommie, James, Cecil, and Leander, Jr.
She married my dad, Allen Haynes Collier on July 3, 1953 in Houston, shared 64 years together and had one child, Cindy Collier Smith. She loved her son-in-law, Philip Smith and her two grandsons, Gary Smith and Craig Smith and was delighted to welcome Ellen Smith into our family.
Mom grew up on a farm in Beck Prairie where everyone worked hard and loved hard. She often remembered the pony her Daddy gave her, but the pony would lead her under a low branch every time he could and knock her off. Her family meant everything to her.
She was baptized at Henry Prairie Baptist Church and graduated from Franklin High School before moving to Houston where she met my dad.
Mom had a green thumb and it seemed like any stalk or sprout she planted in Kingwood grew into a magnificent shrub, tree or flower bush. I’m not sure there was room for one more tree on their lot when they left the area.
Growing up, we were in Bremond every 4-6 weeks almost religiously. She needed to get her “Moore Family” fix. Of course, attendance at the Moore family reunion was always a given. She wanted to be the first one there, and if Dad and I asked her if we should get on the road when there were more than a half dozen people left, she told us she wasn’t ready yet.
Mom loved decorating our home for Christmas. She had multitudes of decorations and many rolls of wrapping paper. I remember one Christmas I decided to help wrap. About three quarters through my first package she said, “Cindy, if you’re going to do it, do it right.” I’ve always remembered that statement. “If you’re going to do it, do it right” and I learned pretty quickly how to wrap right.
In her later years, Mom really looked forward to Philip and me taking them out to eat. She was always a slow eater, but when she got to go out it was so much fun for her to people watch, that she ate even slower, which turned meals into a couple of hours.
I’m pretty sure she felt that leaving food on your plate was the worst thing in the world to do and that probably came from being born in 1932 when food was scarce, and you worked hard for every meal.
Communicating with Mom was difficult because she really couldn’t hear much, but she did read lips well. I will always be grateful for my husband, Philip, getting right up in her ear and yelling something funny to make her laugh. Whenever I came in her home she wanted to know if Philip came also.
She loved and cared for Dad and myself all her life. When there were hard times, she worked at Hancock Fabrics and later she was an aid on a handicap school bus in Humble or she sold some of her plants to help pay bills.
Last week we were out late and she wanted a chocolate shake from Dairy Queen. We pulled into the drive-through line and I pointed to the clock reminding her that Dad’s caregiver would be leaving any minute. She immediately said, “We better go check on Da.”
Her family didn’t have to worry about a thing, because Mom had everyone covered in her prayers. I was really proud of her when Dad was in rehab and she was living alone. She said, “I just go to bed, say my prayers and go to sleep.” She was giving her concerns to the Lord and leaving them in His hands.
The last thing Mom said, as Dad was lying on the floor beside her was, “I think I’ll just go home to the Lord.”
Juanita Pearl Collier was a devoted daughter, sister, sister-in-law, cousin, wife, mother, mother-in-law and grandmother. She loved us all.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters: Jewell and Edna Moore; brothers: Wesley, Tommie, Cecil, James, and Leander Moore Jr.
Survived by her Husband of 64 years, Allen Haynes Collier of Cedar Park; Daughter, Cindy Smith and husband, Philip of Austin;
2 Grandchildren, Gary Allen Smith and Craig Cullen Smith and Ellen.
Funeral services were set for Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Bremond Memorial Funeral Home Chapel at 2:00 p.m. with Alan Smith and Joe Tom McMahon officiating.
Visitation was held Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm at Bremond Memorial Funeral Home.
Burial was in Nesbit Cemetery.