Mrs. Juanita Chestine Palmer Beattie was called to rest Friday, March 5, 2021 at 4:15 am.
Juanita was the second of two daughters born to the late Deacon Chester Arnold Palmer and Mrs. Addie Mae Carter Palmer June 7, 1953 in Austin, Texas. She attended Austin Public Schools beginning her formal education at L.L. Campbell Elementary and was a graduate of Stephen F. Austin High School where she was a majorette. She attended Texas Women’s University in Denton, Texas majoring in Business Administration. Juanita pursued additional classes at downtown Austin’s Business College.
She was united in holy matrimony with Claude Andre Beattie in 1972. They raised three beautiful daughters: Tasha LaTrice, Alicia Marjon and Corin DeShelle.
Juanita established her faith in Christ at an early age. She was raised in a Christian home with her parents and her older sister the late Mary Ann Palmer. Juanita joined St. James Missionary Baptist Church in 1965 under the pastoral leadership of the late Rev. E. M. Franklin. She was very active in her church. Juanita attended Sunday School and Baptist Training Union. She enjoyed music and the performance arts. During her youth she was a member of the Austin Citywide Youth under the direction of Dr. Ruth Sauls, Ms. Lola Phillips, and Ms. Daisy Lowe. At St. James Missionary Baptist Church, she was a faithful member of the Mass Choir and the Women’s Chorus. Juanita was the proud Producer of the play “Highway to Heaven” which was well received when performed at St. James.
Her career in business administration was established at Sabine Clinic which was a part of the old Brackenridge Hospital as a Nurse’s Aide. She worked her way up from the clinic and acquired a position in the business office at the hospital as an Insurance Medical Claims Adjuster/Investigator. She retired from the City of Austin after twenty-two years of dedicated service. Shortly thereafter, she re-entered the City of Austin’s workforce and served seven additional years at the Austin Housing Authority.
Juanita loved the Lord and her family as she demonstrated this through her steadfast devotion to her husband, mother, children, grandchildren and extended family and friends. Juanita was also affectionally known as “Chestine and Granny.” Her character personified a quiet spirit submerge in love and giving. Chestine was a background person always serving and available to serve whenever and wherever needed. She was a comforter, a doer, and a true servant. When she smiled the sparkle in her eyes would touch your soul.
Those who preceded her in death:
Her father Deacon Chester Andre Palmer, older sister Mary Ann Palmer and grandson Davon Gross.
Those left to cherish her memory:
Her beloved husband Claude Andre Beattie, mother Addie Mae Palmer, three daughters: Tasha LaTrice Palmer Sigur and Alicia Beattie of Austin, Texas, Corin Miller (Aaron) of Houston, Texas: Aunt Carrie E. Burleson of San Antonio Texas and grandchildren Mekail Clifton, Gabvril Clifton, Brianna Chitwood (David), Arin Miller, Allayah Gross, Dewayne Gross, and Dorian Gross.
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