Oct. 8, 1928 - Sept. 7, 2007
Juanita was born October 8, 1928 at Baton Rouge General Hospital to Andrew Lane Newton and Lillie May Rheames Newton. She graduated from McKowen High School in Jackson in 1945. In 1950 she married the late Rev. Dr. Webb D. Pomeroy. The couple moved from Baton Rouge to Shreveport in 1953 when Dr. Pomeroy accepted a job at Centenary College. The Pomeroys were members of Ellerbe Road Methodist Church then joined First Methodist Church of Shreveport. Juanita had returned to Ellerbe Road UMC in recent years, where she had many longtime friends, in addition to her many friends at Centenary and First United Methodist Church. Juanita taught 4th grade Sunday School from the time she was a teenager until recent years.
She was a long-time member of the Board of Directors of Live Oak Retirement Community, having been involved in the project from the time it was only a dream and idea. She had resided there for several years at the time of her death and was very happy there, where she had many friends. She was active in United Methodist Women and many other organizations.
She is survived by her children: Deborah Pomeroy and husband, Richard Newell of San Marcos, Texas; Leah Pomeroy Walters and husband, Larry Walters, of Elm Grove; Allen N. Pomeroy and wife, Joyce Pomeroy, of Soper, Oklahoma, and Mark D. Pomeroy and wife, Teresa Pomeroy, of Shreveport; and also six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her three sisters, Elane Mellili, Helen Fay Dugas, and Aline Woodside, and many nieces and nephews.
People who knew Juanita all her life, as well as those who had recently met her, all speak of the fact that she always had a lovely smile and loving words for everyone with whom she came in contact. She was devoted to her family, to God, and to her friends, who will miss her and remember always how she enriched the lives of those around her.
Source: 2008 Louisiana Annual Conference