Juanita Shenae' Reid Taylor was born in the early morning hours on October 25, 1982, in Sacramento, California. Weighing only 2 1/2 pounds, she entered the world with a loud cry before the doctor could spank her, then fell right back to sleep.
Juanita was, of course, always spoiled by her Grandma Merle and Grandpa Stanley Wright, Sr. She attended elementary school at Merry Hill and Calvary Christian School. At that early age, she could convince her grandparents of anything. She told her Grandma that she no longer had to attend Calvary Christian School so Grandma believed her and started taking her to work with her.
Grandma would give her school work of ABC's, math and spelling. At that time Grandma Wright was working for Supervisor Grantland Johnson and once Juanita completed her homework, she helped Grandma cut out articles and helped with anything else that was needed for the day. That didn't last too long once mom (Jackie Wright as Juanita would say) found out and placed her back in school.
She also attended Del Paso Jr. High School and Don Julio Jr. High School and promoted to Grant Union High School, where she was involved in ROTC and where she found her passion for playing the drums. She graduated from Grant Union High School in the class of 2000 (Pacer for Life). College consisted of attending Arizona State University in Phoenix, Arizona. She returned home to Sacramento, where she earned her Associate of Arts degree at American River College.
Juanita was a long distance runner; never ran track, but would run for miles daily. She was a pre-school teacher in Phoenix, Arizona and worked for Wells Fargo Bank as a telephone operator and other jobs.
Her passion for playing the drums was a God-given talent. Very little lessons - she was a mean drummer. She also had the family trait to sing. She played for Del Paso Union Baptist Church (home), Murph Emmanuel Women in White (New Testament B.C.), St. Paul B.C. Women's Choir, North Sacramento Sunrise Service, and various other churches or events when called upon. She was a drummer in demand!
She enjoyed talking with strangers, the homeless and others...she was a people's Person - always smiling that pretty smile. She loved fashion and loved being a jokester.
She leaves to cherish her memory her mother, Jacqueline D. Wright, father Derrick E. Taylor (Randalyn), sisters Eryca, Chantel and brother Derek Taylor; Grandma Merle M. Wright, Grandpa Pastor Wilferd L. Williams, and various uncles, aunts, cousins, niece, a host of friends and her dog Chauncey.
Juanita's favorite morning saying was, "Jesus Be A Fence All Around Me".
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