Juanita M. ‘Nita’ Carnahan

ALTAMONT — Juanita M. “Nita” Carnahan, 88, formerly of rural Altamont, passed away at 5:20 p.m. Monday, July 19, 2021, at Oswego Health and Rehab. 

Juanita May Nading was born on April 7, 1933, to John Leander “Lee” and Viola May “Dodie” (Hall) Nading in rural Oswego. As a young girl, she grew up and attended school in the rural Oswego area. In 1951, Juanita graduated from Labette County Community High School.

On Aug. 26, 1951, Juanita and Gene Carnahan were united in marriage in Altamont. The couple farmed in the Altamont area their entire married lives. Gene preceded her in death on June 2, 1995.

In her earlier years, she attended Altamont First Baptist Church. She and Gene started square dancing in 1968. They were members of the local Swing and Twirl group and the Northeast Oklahoma Square Dancing Association, even serving as presidents. Juanita was an awesome seamstress, who made everything from the family clothes to the couple’s square-dancing outfits. A dedicated wife and mother, she also enjoyed cooking for her family and camping with them.

Survivors include three sons, Terry Carnahan and his wife, Julie, of Laurinburg, North Carolina, Jerry Carnahan and his wife, Cathy, of Mound Valley and Roger Carnahan and his wife, Stacie, of Altamont; two daughters, Patty Souders and her husband, Steve, and Diane Cranor and her husband, Steve, all of Chetopa; nine grandchildren, Crystal Souders, Brian Souders and his wife, Laci, Heidi Sipes and her husband, David, Robby Ashmore and his wife, Jennifer, Johnathan Ashmore and his wife, Johanna, Nate Carnahan, Caitlyn Carnahan, Josh Carnahan and Kylie Rainwater and her husband, Gavin; eight great-grandchildren, Stevie Lynn Souders, Madison Sipes, Harper Sipes, Conner Sipes, Jayden Ashmore, Jenna Ashmore, Jolee Ashmore and Waylon Ashmore; five stepgreat-grandchildren, Bill Hayes, Joanie Hayes, Bobby Hayes, Emma Phelps and Isabella Phelps; three brothers, John Nading and his wife, Carolyn, of Mound Ridge, Dallas Nading of Concordia and Francis Nading of rural Oswego; and a sister, Gail Lee and her husband, Albert, of Checotah, Oklahoma.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Gene; a daughter-in-law, Iris Carnahan; a son-in-law, Bob Ashmore; a grandson, Scott Souders; three brothers, Jim Nading, Bob Nading and Alfred Nading; and five sisters-in-law, Doris Nading, Mae Nading, Wilma Nading, Nancy Nading and Marta Nading.

The service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Altamont First Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Altamont. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Altamont First Baptist Church. Friends may stop by the church to sign the register after 1 p.m. Thursday. The funeral service can be viewed live on the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home Facebook page.

Memorials are suggested to the Center for Advanced Brain and Neurological Care at the University of Kansas Medical Center. The checks may be made payable to the University of Kansas Health System and may be left at or mailed to Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS 67357.

Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.

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