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On August 31, 2017, Ruth Juanita Preston Hagaman entered into the joy of her Lord and Savior.
She was born March 18, 1922, in Lawrence County, KY, to James Herbert Preston and Delta Cora Moore Preston of George's Creek, KY.
Growing up she was involved in her family farm activities and 4H Club achievements, winning prizes for her sewing skill.
She graduated from Louisa High School, Louisa, KY, in 1942, where she was the president of the Home Economics Club and from the Ashland School of Commerce. She worked at Armco Steel Company, Ashland, KY, during World War II and as the assistant to the librarian at Paul G. Blazer High School, Ashland, KY, 1963 -1975.
Juanita spent her life making others happy while excelling in cooking, sharing, gardening, sewing and especially homemaking for her family. Many friends in Ashland have been the recipients of her care and concern for others. She had strong feelings about family and community welfare contributing to each in her special ways.
Juanita was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church, the FUMC Women's Society of Christian Service and the Paramount Women's Club. She energetically served Friends of Hospice and King's Daughters Petals and actively volunteered for the annual Cancer Drive and Heart Drive in Ashland, KY. She was very proud to be a charter member of the Southern Hills Garden Club in Ashland, winning ribbons at local and state flower shows and contributing to monthly meeting agendas.
Mrs. Hagaman married John James Hagaman March 20, 1943, in Ashland, KY, and enjoyed a happy 54 year long marriage. They had three children, Susan Lynn (Dr. Charles W. Coffey) of Brentwood, TN, John Phillip (Deborah) of Prescott, AZ, and Steven Reed (Linda) of Black Mountain, N.C.
John and Juanita endeavored daily to raise their children in the joy and admonition of the Lord.
Her pride and joy were her six grandchildren, Holly Preston Hagaman Cromley, Loveland, CO, Morgan William Coffey, Nashville, TN, Jessica Alta Hagaman Brewer, Davidson, N.C., Ellen Lynn Coffey Bussey, Portland, TN, Tyler Thomas Hagaman, Prescott, AZ, and Steven John Hagaman, Austin, TX.
Juanita was always active in her grandchildren's lives contributing recipes, child-raising guidance, decorating advice, humor, love and prayers. She was also blessed with five great-grandchildren, Jaxon William Coffey, Scottsville, KY, Keller Mac Coffey, Scottsville, KY, Charlotte Joy Bussey, Portland, TN, Tucker Rhey Brewer, Davidson, N.C., and Tyler George Cromley, Loveland, CO. These children are also inheritors of her love and prayers. She is also survived by her sister, Arilla Jean Preston Hagaman, Louisa, KY; and brother, James Paul Preston, Louisville, KY.
Mrs. Hagaman is preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Preston of George's Creek, KY; and in 1997 her beloved husband, John James Hagaman. Also passed are sisters, Eula Hall, Aileen Lindsey, Joann Kelly; brothers, Herbert Preston, William Preston, David Preston and sadly in 2013 grandson, Tyler Thomas Hagaman.
Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, at Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel by Rev. John Street. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Burial Park, Ashland, KY.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home.
Monetary remembrances may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1670, Ashland, KY 41105 or Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Avenue, Ashland, KY 41101.
Condolence to steenfuneralhome.com
Published on September 6, 2017
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