Juanita M. Cooley (Sign Guestbook)

Juanita M. Cooley, age 87, passed away peacefully at the Jefferson County Nursing Home in Dandridge, Tennessee from complications of dementia on October 15, 2017. Juanita always had a smile, loved to dance, and would help anyone in need. She touched the lives of many and will be missed more than words can say.

She was born September 4, 1930 to Arthur Ruey “Dude” Downum and Cecil “Pete” Redding Downum, who both preceded her in death as well as her brother Gene Downum of Wellington, Kansas, and her eldest son James Robert Bortz of Chandler Arizona. She is survived by her brothers, Raymond Downum and wife Claudette of Haltom, Texas, George Downum and wife Linda of Caldwell, Kansas; daughter Sharon Marchant of Dandridge, Tennessee; son Stephen Bortz and wife Rhea of Haviland, Kansas; 5 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

The family will celebrate her life privately. In lieu of flowers the family is asking that a donation be made in her name to Alzheimer and dementia research at Bright Focus Foundation, 22512 Gateway Center Drive, Clarksburg, Maryland 20871. Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the Cooley family and invites you to view and sign their online guestbook below.

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