Mary Juanita Jane Kiernan

March 21, 1921 – November 14, 2018
Juanita, a descendant of Chilliwack pioneer families; Evans, Wells and Chadsey, was the second eldest of six daughters born to Percy and Marie Evans of Chilliwack.

Predeceased by her parents, Ken Kiernan, infant son Byron, daughter Kenita and grandson Kelly, son Herbie and grandson Herbie Jr., sisters and brothers-in-law Lucille Blow (Lyal), Phyllis Goldring (John), Vickie Humphreys (Ralph), Verne Moore (Walt) and Raymond McDaniel. Survived by her sister Patzie McDaniel, son Gerry Kiernan (Kathy), daughter-in-law Sue Kiernan, grandchildren Mike, Cher, Laurel, Kieron, Dustin, Shaun and John. Fourteen greatgrandchildren, plus numerous nieces and nephews.

After a fire destroyed the family home in 1933, they moved into a rustic hunting lodge at the base of Sumas Mountain at Barrowtown. Summers were spent in a cabin at Cultus Lake. Juanita met Ken Kiernan who worked down the road at Quadlings farm. They were married January 10, 1937 in Bellingham. The first year was spent in a cabin on Quadling Road while they built a house at Vedder Canal. At the outbreak of WWII, Juanita and Ken moved to Vancouver while Ken taught troops. Returning to Chilliwack at the end of WWII, they built a gas station on their property. The 1948 flood forced them to evacuate to Cultus Lake. In 1952 Ken became an MLA, then in 1954 they moved to Royal Oak in Victoria. They returned to Chilliwack and lived up at Ryder Lake where Juanita enjoyed gardening and her pet horse. Juanita retired to Powell River in the late 1990’s until her passing.

No service as requested. Juanita’s infectious chuckles will remain in our hearts forever.


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