Oct. 1, 1964 â€“ March 10, 2011 Juanita Inez Luevano, 46, passed away on March 10, 2011, surrounded by her family and friends in her home, after a courageous battle against liver cancer. Visitation will be held Saturday, March 12, 2011, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, March 13, 2011, from 12 to 5 p.m., at Ballard Funeral Home. A funeral service is scheduled at 10 a.m., Monday, March 14, 2011, at Waymaker Church.
Pastor Mike Knowlton will officiate. Burial will follow in South Park Cemetery. Friends and relatives are invited to the family home for a reception following services. Juanita was born to Victor and RoseAnn Weimer at Whiteman Air Force Base in Knobnoster, Mo., on Oct. 1, 1964.
She met her lifelong, loving and devoted husband Mike Luevano while still in school. They were married on March 20, 1978, and lived in Dexter.
Juanita and her husband moved to Roswell in 1980. Juanita is survived by her husband Mike Luevano, and her mother RoseAnn, at the family home. She is also survived by her three children, Debbie S. Luevano, Michael P. Luevano, Andrew L. Luevano and his wife Nichole, all of Roswell.
Juanita also leaves four grandchildren, Angelica Villa, Inez Luevano, Alayiah Luevano and Jazlyn Luevano, who will greatly miss her. She is survived by her sisters, Mary Martinez and husband Manuel, of Colorado, and Liza Corona and husband Augustine, of Artesia; her brothers, Felix Weimer, of Roswell, and Leroy Weimer and his wife Suzie, of Roswell.
She is also survived by her close extended family â€œMom and Dadâ€ Margarito and Maria Luevano, of Dexter; brothers- in-law, Lupe Luevano and his wife Margie, of Roswell, Lalo Luevano and his wife Ruth, of Grants, Raul Luevano and his wife Velma, of Roswell, Henry Luevano and his wife Angie, of Roswell, Cruz Luevano and his wife Sylvia, of Roswell, and Margarito Jr. Luevano and his wife Frances, of Dexter.
Juanita has numerous nieces, nephews, greatnieces and great-nephews whom she loved very much. Juanita was preceded in death by her father Victor Charles Weimer, on Sept. 17, 1992; her brothers-inlaw, Kico and Luis Luevano; and loving sister-inlaw Gloria Luevano-Serrano. Juanita loved her family and GOD more than anything. She was indeed the virtuous woman of Proverbs 31.
The love for her husband Mike was truly unique and amazing â€œlike from a fairytale storybook. She took her vows and lived them every day.â€ Juanita was a wife at the age of 14. Juanita was the mother of three by the age of 18. She will be loved for life. She enjoyed being a stay home mom for a big part of her childrenâ€™s lives. She never missed a band concert, baseball game, award event, or anything else that had to do with her children.
She eventually went to work at Levi Strauss until the company closed down, which was the opportunity she used to go to college. She graduated from ENMU-R in 2000 with an associateâ€™s degree in computer application systems. She worked for the Magistrate Court for 10 years until the illness no longer allowed her to. She loved her job and co-workers. She believed in living life to the fullest and always had a smile. Juanita attended Waymaker Church every Sunday and said she â€œloved the singing.â€
Juanita was the most patient, kindhearted, loving, warm, caring person to anyone she came in contact with. She opened the doors of her home to many friends and relatives in times of need. She enjoyed playing with her grandchildren, dancing, barbecues, playing pool in Dexter, karaoke, watching the Los Angeles Lakers and the Washington Redskins play, going to the casino, eating out every lunch break with â€œher girls,â€ and going on â€œhoneymoonâ€ dates with her husband every chance she got.
â€œMy mom was not ready to leave; she fought to live until her last breath. She was so brave and so strong.â€ All through her battle she never once blamed GOD or felt sorry for herself. She would smile and say, â€œIâ€™m going to be OK. Everything will be OK. Just have faith.â€ Pallbearers will be her niece and nephews, Marty Luevano, Veronica Luevano, Christian Neilson, Ben Serrano, Rey Serrano, Tony Serrano, Jesus Vasquez and Eric Weimer.
Honorary pallbearers will be Sara Barraza, Eden Carroll, Eugene De Los Santos, Robin Emeterio, Diane Hernandez, Wendy Impala, Sandra Montgomery, Susan Oâ€™dell, Alicia Sequovia, Jeannie Trujillo, Tara Flowers and all the girls at Magistrate Court. The family of Juanita Luevano would like to thank many community members, friends and family for all their support, prayers, love, encouragement and help given over the past three years; all her friends and family for being there, Waymaker Church, Dr. El Sayah and staff at the Cancer Center in Roswell, Dr. French and his staff, VistaCare Hospice staf f, New Mexico State Police officers and Roswell police officers with whom she worked, Cancer Treatment Center of America in Arizona, all Roswell court judges, Chaves County Detention Center staff, Magistrate Court staff, District Court staff, Adult Probation and Parole staf f, Juvenile Probation and Parole staff, 2008-2009 CASA Girls Circle members, Chaves County CASA staff, C&J staff, Glennâ€™s Furniture, Chaves County Cancer Fund, Counseling Associates Staff, Cable One staff, Pat with Desert Luminescent and many more during our fundraisers. â€œI have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith;