Juana Evelyn Mead, 64, of Clarkdale, Arizona, passed away of
complications of breast cancer on May 12, 2016.
Juana was born to James Nobles and Juana Green in San Francisco, on
October 26, 1951. She was preceded in death by her parents; her step
father Ed Green; her sister Jeanie Shelton; and her husband Dennis
Mead (Nov 29, 2007).
Her youth was spent living throughout Northern California, and
Northern, AZ, including the Verde Valley where she returned in 1977 to
raise her family.
Juana worked as a nurse’s aid in Northern California, and shortly
after moving back to Cottonwood in the late 70’s, she and her husband
Dennis operated Arizona Discoveries in Jerome, AZ for 26 years,
selling rocks, minerals, antiques, collectables, and hand crafted
jewelry, primarily made by her. After selling the business in 2005,
Juana continued to create jewelry, and worked as a rental agent for
She loved to garden and preferred to be gifted live plants instead of
cut flowers, so she could have flowers each growing season. She also
enjoyed growing her own fruits and vegetables to can and preserve, to
make jams and jellies, even to make wines with. She took great
pleasure in teaching her three children to garden, to cook and bake,
to sew and crochet, and that with a little hard work, anything could
She is survived by her two daughters Tammy Sproat of Cottonwood and
Heather Newman of Clarkdale; her son Dennis Mead of Cottonwood; two
brothers Jess and Jack Poland; her sister, Judy Petty; and many nieces
and nephews . She was grandmother to 6 children, and great
grandmother to 10 children.
She had a unique sense of humor, a heart of gold, could coax a smile
out of anyone, and sometimes a dance as well. She will be missed.
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