Obituaries » Juanita 'Nita' Leona Ashlock


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Juanita Leona "Nita" Ashlock, 90, went to her eternal rest on March 14, 2017. Nita was born on March 26, 1926, to Michael Harold Decker and Emma Kuester in Creston, Iowa. They moved to Orlando, Fla., after her father's death. Nita graduated with a BS in Nursing, married George S Ashlock "Bud" at Madison Adventist College on June 6, 1952, where she was a Dean of Nurses. A loyal Seventh-day Adventist, model, teacher, a third generation RN Psych II nurse and advocate for patients' rights. Nita gave a life of service working at the Yountville Veterans Home and helping accident victims. With the courage of a lion and the heart of cupid, she is best known for her larger than life personality. With a wink of her eye, her face lit up as she charmed patrons at Cheryl's Diner or Kernville Pharmacy with her fun, exciting stories of the old days, filled with mischievousness and creative antics. She loved living in the Kern Valley until her health declined, and she moved in with family. Mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, dear friend and extraordinary woman, she is dearly loved and will be greatly missed.
Nita joins her entire family in heaven along with her husbands: Oliver Kiger and Bud Ashlock. She is survived by four daughters: Rita Christina (Bob) Edwards Payne of Kernville, Calif., Tonya Janeece (Floyd) Smith of Micco, Fla., Taletha Marie (Dan) Oliver of San Antonio, Texas, and Tamela Joy Ashlock. Grandchildren: Jerry and Christopher Edwards, Brandon and Heather Smith, Nathan Oliver, Francesca (Zeke) Oliver-Martinez and great-grandchildren: Liah, Jayden and Olivia Martinez; and Chase and Harrison Edwards.
A Celebration of Life Service is scheduled for 1 April 2017 at 11:15 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 6400 Park Avenue, Mount Mesa, where flowers and donations will be received.