Juanita Welch Procter died peacefully at home on May 28, 2021, at age 86. She was born in Kempner, TX to Rondie and Athalene Welch.
Juanita's life revolved around her faith and her family. She was the perfect daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, friend and real estate agent. She was kind, loving, and selfless, ensuring family always came first. She cultivated a home filled with love and learning. Everyone's birthday and every holiday was a special family event and we all knew we were expected to be there. She treated all five of her children equally and found great pleasure in bragging about each of their accomplishments.
She is remembered not only as a gifted teacher, a wonderful wife and mother, and a brilliant business woman but as a bright and spirited soul who was quick to make and keep friends. She was a proud 1952 graduate of Lampasas High School and she cherished her memories with her beloved classmates. She loved everything about LHS, especially being a twirler/majorette and being chosen as Ms. LHS 1952.
After high school, she attended Southern Methodist University for a year where she was a twirler before transferring to Southwest Texas State Teachers College for a year where she also twirled even with fire. She graduated with a Bachelors in Education in 1956. Shortly after graduation, she and Dick married on June 8, 1956 in Lampasas, TX.
Over the years she taught elementary, middle school, high school and business college in Austin and the surrounding area, Beeville and the last 13 years as a 2nd grade teacher in Lampasas. After retiring from teaching in 1994, she invested more time as a real estate broker before finally retiring for good. Before Dick's death, he and Juanita loved to travel the world, see new places and meet new friends.
Fondly known as "Niter" to her grandkids and great-grandkids, the nickname quickly became accepted by all in Lampasas. She loved spending time reading to her grandkids, playing games or dancing to rockabilly music. She was always teaching the kids how to read, spell, do their math facts, play a game or bake a cake. She loved all the little children and made sure they knew Jesus loved them, too.
Juanita was preceded in death by the love of her life, her husband, Dick Procter; her father, Rondie Welch; her mother, Athalene Welch and brother, Rondie Welch, Jr. She is survived by her daughters, Sami (late husband, Rodney) Kinsey, Cindy (George) Goertz, Dixie (Kerry) McGrath; her sons, Richard (Jena) Procter and Pepper (Kellie) Procter; her grandchildren, Melissa Kinsey, Valerie (Curtis) Watts, Misti (Scotty) Ayers, Rodney (Danielle) Kinsey, Haley Goertz, MaKayla Goertz, Sean McGrath, Ryan McGrath, Megan McGrath, Brendan McGrath, Jack Procter, Victoria Procter, Katie Procter, Paris Procter, Presli Procter, Maci Procter and great-grandchildren, Lauren Caston, Sydney Caston, Andrew Caston, Bradley Caston, Cameron Watts, Madi Kinsey, Kayden Kinsey, Sanayah Porter, Zoey Ayers, Mila Ayers; sister, Dianne (Rickey) Gill; brother, Clifford Welch and extended family, Jamie and Dorothy Briggs, Nancy Heffington and Shane Green.
A visitation will be held Monday from 5-7 p.m. at Sneed Funeral Chapel in Lampasas. Services will be held at First Street Church of Christ in Lampasas at 2 p.m. on Tuesday. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery.
The family would like to give a big shout out to Juanita's special caregivers who loved her like she was part of their own family - Nancy Tidwell, Anna Davis, JoAnn Hicks, Dale Guerrero, Aurelia Mendoza and Marie Banks.
Memorial contributions may me made to the Lampasas First Street Church of Christ, Marcia Ann Briggs Memorial Scholarship or the charity of your choice.