2017-10-19 / Obituaries


Juanita L. Shanks, age 86 of Glen Arbor, formerly of Empire and Ludington, died October 14, 2017, at the Tendercare Health Center of Leelanau.

Juanita was born in Big Rapids on September 12, 1931, the daughter of the late Vernon and late Ethel (Fredrick) Stanley.

Following high school, she spent a great deal of time dedicating herself to the hotel, retail and restaurant industry mainly in the Empire and Ludington areas. She really enjoyed interior decorating.

Juanita was a devout Christian and member of four congregations during her lifetime. She was a former member of the Empire Methodist Church, who will be conducting services.

Her life revolved around her 4 children, 15 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren as well as her dedication and love for Christ. In more recent times, she became a youth minister and touched the lives of many.

Juanita is survived by her son Glenn Tom (Kathy) Aylsworth of Glen Arbor, her sisters; Nancy Bancroft of Grand Rapids and Patsy Bloodgood of Bloomington, IN, her brothers; Joseph Stanley of Marquette, Richard Stanley of Westland and Victor Stanley of Citrus Springs, FL. She is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her previous husband Glenn Aylsworth who she married in 1947, her husband Claude “Bud” Shanks who she married on Dec. 4, 1971 in Scottsdale, AZ; her children; Gladys Aylsworth, Warren Aylsworth and Gregory Aylsworth, both her parents, as well as her sisters; Betty Rodgers, Virginia Vernees and Caroline Norton.

A funeral service will take place at the Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home on Thursday October 19, 2017 at 11:00am with visitation one hour prior. Pastor Russell Logston will officiate. Juanita’s final resting place will be Empire Maple Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Empire Methodist Church in Juanita’s honor.

Please visit www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com to share your condolences with the family.

The family is being cared for by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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