Juanita Copenhaver

Juanita Lucille Copenhaver (Kuhn)

Friday, March 14th, 1930 - Thursday, February 6th, 2020
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Juanita L. Copenhaver, 89, of Independence, MO passed away February 6, 2020. A visitation will be held from 6-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 11, at the Speaks Suburban Chapel, 18020 E. 39th St., Independence, MO. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 12, at St. Andrew the Apostle Parish, 6415 NE Antioch Rd, Gladstone, MO. Burial will follow at Mt. Washington Cemetery. Juanita was born March 14, 1930 in Marshall, MO to Ralph Floyd and Mary Emma (Calvert) Kuhn. After her mother’s unexpected death in 1933 she was raised by her paternal aunt, Mrs. Marie Englis and the catholic community. She left Marshall for nurses training in Kansas City in 1948 and married Robert (Bob) Copenhaver in 1950. Together they had four children, Pat, Mike, Steve, and Bob. They settled and raised their family in Independence, Missouri. Juanita volunteered at her children’s school and worked at Lake City, Western Electric, and eventually at Osco Drug for more than twenty years. Bob and Juanita were married for forty wonderful years before his passing in 1990. She was a life long Catholic and a devoted and humble servant of the Lord. She was an active member of St. Joseph the Worker in Independence and later in her life St. Andrew the Apostle in Gladstone. She will be remembered for many things by those closest to her but especially for her sense of humor, her oversized accessories, her vibrant personality, her strength of character, her love of Coca Cola, her deeply rooted faith, and her unwavering love and devotion to her family and pets. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert Leon Copenhaver; two sons, Steven Copenhaver and Michael Copenhaver; and three brothers, Ralph Jr., Robert and Leroy Kuhn. Juanita is survived by her two children, Patricia Jackson (Jerry) and Bob Copenhaver (Michael); six grandchildren, Aimee Kelly, Emily Mackie, Valerie Bujak, Steve Copenhaver, Audrey Nixon and David Copenhaver; as well as thirteen great grandchildren. Online condolences and memories may be left for the family at (Arrangements: Speaks Suburban Chapel 816-373-3600)

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, February 11th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Tuesday, February 11th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Speaks Suburban Chapel
    18020 E. 39th St.
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  • Service

    Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 11:00am
    St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church
    6415 NE Antioch Rd.
    Galdstone, MO 64119
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  • Interment

    Mt. Washington Cemetery
    614 Brookside
    Independence, MO 64052
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Private Condolence

Carla Yarnell

Posted at 02:58pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Copenhaver family. Juanita will always remain close in our hearts, and we are forever grateful and blessed for knowing her. With Our Deepest Condolences,
Love Always,
Carla and Dave Yarnell
Dan and Rosie Busby

Emily Mackie

Posted at 07:34pm
Love you and miss you already grandma but I know you are having a joyous reunion right now. The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and I will do my best to make you proud.

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