Juanita Kirby


April 20, 1932 - September 7, 2020


Juanita Kirby, 88, of Mitchell, SD, died Monday, September 7, 2020 at Firesteel Healthcare Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM Thursday, September 10, 2020 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell.  Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Mitchell. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Wednesday at Bittner Funeral Chapel with a 6:30 PM scripture service. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Juanita Kirby was born on April 20, 1932 to Steve and Pearl (Miller) Kelley in Salem, SD.  She graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Salem.

Juanita married her high school sweetheart, Richard “Rocky” Kirby, on March 27, 1951. To this union they had three children, Nancy, Colleen, and Todd.

Juanita worked as a secretary for Richard at the Spencer Grain Company.

In 1999 they moved from Spencer to Mitchell, and were members of Holy Family Catholic Church. Juanita enjoyed her family and grandchildren. She also enjoyed tending to her beautiful flowers.

She is survived by her daughters, Nancy (Russ) Eich of Brookings, SD and Colleen (Paul) Mentele of Alexandria, SD; son, Todd (Shelli) Kirby of Salem, SD; 8 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Juanita is preceded in death by her husband, Richard “Rocky” in 2015; great-grandson, Dylan Mentele; brother, LeRoy Kelley; and sisters, Phyllis Muters, Joanne Kaskie, Jean Rockliffe, and Doris Warner.  



Wednesday, September 9, 2020
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
6:30 PM Scripture Service

Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Thursday, September 10, 2020
10:30 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church
222 N Kimball St
Mitchell, SD 57301


Calvary Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Gene and Tara Hofer on September 10, 2020
We always met at Walmart-- and we would stand there and chat forever. Juanita loved her children and grandchildren. She always met us with a smile and hugs. She was such a character. She will be missed.
Posted by Janelle Hofer on September 10, 2020
Juanita was such a fun spirited soul. Enjoyed visiting her with Shelli and family. Lots of laughs. Rest in paradise 🙏
Posted by Dick and Carol Kunkel on September 9, 2020
God's blessings be with her family. So sorry for your loss.
Posted by Mary Jo/Bob Kuemper on September 9, 2020
Juanita was one of my favorites. Her warm and joyful spirit will always be remembered! Thoughts and prayers to everyone.
Posted by Marilyn & Miles McClung on September 9, 2020
Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your mom. Sending our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Randy Sabers on September 9, 2020
our deepest condolences to the entire family - a well known local resident and very well thought of. The notes of condolences already posted, are a tribute to one's life and legacy...
Posted by Fr. Michael Schneider on September 9, 2020
Sending prayers, lots of memories over the years.
Posted by Gladys chasse on September 8, 2020
Juanita was a joy to be around she always made me laugh sending my prayers and condolences to the family may god give you strength fly high juanita may you rest in peace
Posted by Rochelle Palmquist on September 8, 2020
Juanita was a bright light at firesteel. Prayers to you all.
Posted by Tabby Girard on September 8, 2020
My deepest condolences to Juanita’s family. She was an amazing lady, she always said something to make us all laugh. Everytime i was at work having a horrible day, she always got me in a better mood just by being able to see her. She was such a beautiful soul! May she Rest In Peace, Fly High Juanita! We love you and you will be missed
Posted by Suzanne Winton on September 8, 2020
I always enjoyed a long visit with Aunt Juanita when we had our wonderful family reunions. My mom so loved all the fun playing pitch with Juanita and other family members. Such wonderful memories.
Posted by Lacette klein on September 8, 2020
I loved going to work because of Juanita. She was such a beautiful soul and will be missed. My condolences to the family.
Posted by Christine Fabbro (Kuemper) on September 8, 2020
Thoughts and prayers from our family to yours. I always remember the fun Summer days with aunt Jaunita and my cousins in Spencer. Rest in peace Jaunita.

Posted by Kevin Kelley on September 8, 2020
My deepest condolences to Juanita's family. I have fond memories fof a much loved aunt. She always had something to say to make me laugh. The Kelley girls and Leroy not reunited.
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