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Juanita May Atterson, 76, of West Terre Haute, has traveled back home to live in the glory of God. Juanita passed away with her children by her side at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, at Union Hospital in Terre Haute. She was born Sept. 13, 1941, in Terre Haute, to Arthur Sollars and Mildred Setty Sollars.
She fought a long and courageous battle with COPD. During this battle she had one great accomplishment that will help save many lives. Juanita was the first to undergo heart valve replacement (TAVR) without anesthesia. Now many more people with COPD can be offered the same life saving procedure. She retired 11 years ago from Sappington and Sons Moving Inc. after many years of service as the office manager.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Atterson Jr.; and later by her companion, Jerry Webster.
Survivors include a daughter, Angela Atterson and her husband Bill Benson of West Terre Haute; a son, John Atterson of West Terre Haute; a sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Art Sappington of Terre Haute; a brother-in-law, Ron Edington of West Terre Haute; five grandchildren, Holly Atterson, Olivia Atterson, Allie Benson-Atterson, Trevor Benson-Atterson, and Gabe Benson-Atterson; two stepgrandchildren, Michael Roberts and Lacey Benson Adams; two great-grandchildren, Katelynn Atterson and Tori Glick; several nieces and nephews; and her best friend of many years, Sharon Carbo.
She also was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Teresa Atterson; a brother, Kenneth Sollars; and a sister, Nancy Edington.
She attended South Vigo Congregational Church for many years. She loved to cook and found joy in feeding people, listening to gospel music, and spending time with her family.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday in Fitzpatrick Funeral Home. Burial will be in South Vigo/Black Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and prior to services Thursday.
Published on October 30, 2017
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