Audra J Birdwell

September 22, 1932 - November 19, 2014
Audra J Birdwell

Birdwell. Juanita, 82, of New Port Richey, passed away peacefully on November 19, 2014 at the HPH Marlier Care Center. Juanita was born on September 22, 1932 in Kentucky. Her parents were Felix and Minnie Phillips. Juanita made a living working in factories to produce an assortment of different leather goods. She moved to Florida in 2000 coming from Tennessee. She is survived by her brother, Walton; daughters, Deborah & Gerry; sons, Richard & Paul; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A gathering of family and friends will be held at Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home on Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 1 to 3 pm, and is to be followed by a memorial service at 3 pm.


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  • December 03, 2014
    David Lane says:
    The summer I turned 13 my dad drove mom and us 5 kids up to Tennessee to visit our relatives like we did almost every year. I remember that trip in particular because of something my aunt Juanita did for me. When we got to my grandparents house, Juanita was there, I think she and her kids were staying there at the time. None of us had much in those days and I think she was going thru some lean times herself but she did have one of those old record players that look like a small suitcase and a couple of records that she let me play with. I was just getting into music and she had the first album by Peter, Paul, and Mary. I had never heard any thing like it and I played it over and over. Well, she could see how much I loved it and she gave it to me. As I remember it, she didn't say much, just handed it to me with that big smile on her face and that twinkle in her eyes. It was the first album I ever owned and it was a prized possession. I took that record home and tried to learn every song on it. You never know what little thing is going to point you in a certain direction but I've been playing music all my life and I'm still learning songs off records. It's been said that the best portion of a good person's life is the little nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love. This was an act of kindness and love that I will always remember.

  • June 07, 2022
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  • November 19, 2014
    The Staff of Michels and Lundquist Funeral Home says:
    Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.

  • December 02, 2014
    Diane Patterson says:
    I have ALWAYS said...MY best memories in my entire Life, were in Tennessee with Big Mamma and Big Daddy and my cousins and my Aunts, My Aunt Nita Always made me laugh and always made us feel so Welcome. She is with her sisters and Big Mamma and Big Daddy Now. My Mom told me that a lifetime on earth is like a blink of an eye in Heaven, and when I get there...She'll still be unpacking her bags. It really makes me feel better when I'm missing her and having a sad Day. And I hope it can comfort Aunt Nita's Children, as well. I Love You Aunt Nita...Jesus is holding you tight now.

  • December 02, 2014
    Iris Peterson says:
    My Aunt Nita was a very sweet, loving person, and she will be greatly missed. My heart breaks for her children, because there is nothing quite like losing a parent. Especially for Deborah and Gerry, because they were so close, and with her every day. It does bring a little smile to my heart to think of Nita now reunited with her sisters in heaven, catching up on all the family news. They are all doing what they did so well while they were here - bustling around, making a place ready for us. I love you aunt Nita. Give my mom a big hug for me.

  • December 01, 2014
    John Rocher says:
    Peggy and I always enjoyed the years we visited with her sister, Juanita. We really loved Juanita all these years. Before Peggy passed away she ask me to always remember Juanita especially on her birthday and Christmas. We thought an awful lot of our nieces, Gerry and Debbie and always appreciated their thoughtfulness to Peg and I. Now Juanita is with her sisters and I look forward to joining them all one day.

  • November 30, 2014
    Kevin Koah says:
    In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

  • November 29, 2014
    Gerry Holliman says:
    My mom thought of everyone else before herself. She would do anything in her power to bring comfort and joy to anyone, even strangers. She was innocent to the world in many ways but she made the best of what she had and was thankful for it. Her family were her lifeline and she will be greatly missed. She was taken too soon from this world but I am a better person because of her. I regret not telling her how much I loved her every day of her life.

  • November 29, 2014
    Debbie Koah says:
    Mom, you will forever remain in our hearts. I will miss you a million times a day. So many activities and thoughts were a part of our things we did together. I will see that little gray head bobbing along at Wal-Mart, I will sigh knowing it is not true, but still it will catch my heart unexpectedly.

  • November 22, 2014
    Mike Goosetree says:
    I've thought about Juanita many times over the years and it was a great treat working with her at Pro Bags in Springfield, Tn. My prayers go out to the family and may she rest in Heavenly peace.