Juanita Langford Derricott was honored on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at the Bear Lake County Daughters of Utah Pioneers' Spring Jubilee. A program was held which included a life sketch read by her son Joey DeClark and remarks by her daughter Suzanne Tueller. Great grandchildren sang a song and then Juanita recited "The Cremation of Sam McGee" and made remarks. Others commented on her service to church and community, after which refreshments were served.
Juanita was born at Thistle, Utah on March 21, 1918 and lived in Iowa, Canada, and Salt Lake City before the family moved to the Pegram area where she spent most of her growing up years. Following graduation from Cokeville High School as the valedictorian, she moved to California where she attended business school and worked for Prudential. It was there that she met Joseph Albert DeClark. They were married in 1941 in Las Vegas. He volunteered for the US Air Force in 1942, and when he was sent overseas in May, 1944, she moved back to her parents' home in Cokeville. A few weeks later she received word that Joe had been killed in an air crash in Iran. Their son Joey was born in December of that year. She met Phil Derricott in the fall of 1946 and they were married in Montpelier in June of 1948. Their daughter Suzanne was born in August of the next year.
Over the years, Juanita worked at First Security Bank, at the high school for A.J. Winters, and at Bear Lake Memorial Hospital for 30 years. She also helped her husband run their ranch north of Montpelier and raise their two children. They have seven grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. Phil passed away in 1989. She has been active in the LDS Church and in the community over the years, especially the Senior Citizen Center where she still works at age 93.