Juanita Irene Rushton (78) passed away January 13 at Mercy Medical Center in Redding. Juanita was born in Redding in April 1942 and graduated from Chico High School. Although she lived as far away as Alaska,Juanita spent most of her life in California, including Redding, Bishop and Chico. She called McCloud her home, where she lived since 1984.
She worked at a mining claims administration camp near the Delta Junction area of Alaska during the development of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline in the late 1960s. That sparked in her a passion of prospecting and geology and she later attended college to pursue that interest after her return to California. Juanita never gave up her pioneering and adventurous spirit. An avid gardener with a keen eye for collecting, Juanita will be most remembered for her many years working as manager of the McCloud Hotel and Stoney Brook Inn, her generous hospitality and impeccable attention to detail in everything she did.
She is survived by her sibling Siamese cats Yuki and Yoshi, who she cared for and loved as her trusted confidants. She is also survived by her sons Quinten Rushton and Nathan Rushton, and her adopted son Steven Bolton and his wife Kirstin and their daughter Apple and sons Ian, Isaac and Soren. Her sister Dianna and her husband Dave Cockrell and their daughter Amber Catren, and sons Joshua Cockrell and Jason Cockrell. Her sister Susan Norton Short and her daughter Crystal Musch Deane, sons Cody Allison, Jonathan Musch and Lucas Short. Brothers Gary Norton and Michael Norton and his daughters Cortney, Brittany and Megan.
Juanita will be buried with her family in Whiskeytown Cemetery. No services are planned at this time. Acts of kindness to cats will be appreciated in honor of her memory.
Posted online on February 24, 2021