Juanita Irene Hanson-Kitchell “Tinkerbell”

Aug. 18, 1925 – June 18, 2019

Juanita Irene Hanson-Kitchell, 93, a long-time resident of Kernville, went to be with our Lord on Tuesday, June 18. She passed while at her home, with her daughter, Barbara Young, by her side.
Born in Los Angeles, Calif., on August 18, 1925, to parents George Hanson and Nina Mae Gardner, Juanita would often reminisce of her childhood at her family’s ranch, Hanson’s Chicken Ranch, in Rio Linda, Calif., where she grew up. She had a love for music and the arts and played the violin and mandolin in high school.

In 1942, Juanita married Bradford “Brad” Kitchell in Carson City, Nev. They moved to Sacramento, Calif., where their two daughters, Helene and Barbara, were born. Their son, David, was born in Redding, Calif., years later. They lived in various cities within California where Juanita had a fulfilling career as Executive Secretary for the State of California before retiring in the Kern River Valley over 30 years ago.

Juanita was always active within the community of Kernville. She was devoted to the Kern River Valley Historical Society and took a special interest in sewing and crafts, including making her own pottery and china painting. Juanita also loved to garden and would spend hours each day caring for her fruit trees and roses. She had a compassion to help those less fortunate, often making her homemade soup to feed the hungry in Lake Isabella. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and even great-great grandmother before her passing.

Juanita is preceded in death by her husband, Brad, and children Helene and David. She is survived by her daughter, Barbara; five grandchildren, Alex and Catherine (Helene/Don McKinnon) Christa, Hollie, and J.T. (Barbara/John Young); 12 great grandchildren, Dermott and Kieran (Moira/Alex McKinnon), Andrew and Rachel (Catherine/Vincent Maloney), Taylor, Zachary, and Kailee (Christa Northrop), Devan, Drew, and Amanda (Hollie Young), Ashlyn and Korben (J.T./Andria Young); and one great-great grandson, Colton Bradford “Little Brad” (Devan Young), who will always remember her with the fondest of memories.