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Information for Juanita M. Corn Capson
4 October, 1921 – 27 February, 1990
From the Idaho Press Tribune
February, 1990
Contributed by Bonnie Dilwort

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Juanita Capson

     Juanita M. Capson, 68, of Garden Grove, Calif., died Tuesday, Feb 27, 1990, at a Long Beach, Calif., hospital of natural causes.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 3, at the Middleton United Methodist Church.  The Rev. H. Lee Baker will officiate.  Interment will follow at the Middleton Cemetery under the direction of Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell.
     Mrs. Capson was born Oct. 4, 1921, at Los Molinas, Calif., to Doran and Luella Painter Corn.  She came to Idaho as a child and attended schools in the Marble Front community, graduating from Middleton High School.  She attended Eastern Oregon College of Education.  She joined the U.S. Army in 1942, serving with the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps during World War II.  She was honorably discharged in 1943.  After her discharge from the service, Mrs. Capson taught elementary school at Kamiah, Idaho, for two years.  She married Wayne Capson at Long Beach.
     During the time she lived in Long Beach, Mrs. Capson had been active in private tutoring.  She was the longest surviving quadriplegic veteran in the nation at the time of her death.  She and her husband Wayne were very active members of the
PVA (Paralyzed Veterans of America).  They had both received the “Speedy Award,” the highest award given by that organization for outstanding service.  Together they had been the guests of six different presidents at the White House.  They had been invited to attend the launchings of spacecraft at Cape Canavaral on several different occasions and had been the guests of the Governor of Hawaii.  As members of the PVA, Juanita and Wayne not only served as counselors for handicapped veterans, but they were instrumental in eliminating barriers to public buildings that exist to handicapped people throughout the United States.  Juanita opened their home to physicians visiting from all over the world as a model for handicapped living.  She was an accomplished artist whose hobbies included investing in the stock market and traveling.
     Survivors include a sister and brother-in-law, Sandra and Bill Sloviaczek of Middleton; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Dean and Betty Corn of Walla Walla, Wash., Dale and Kean Corn of Enumclaw, Wash., Roger and Cheryl Corn of Walla Walla and Jerry and Kathy Corn of Baker, Ore.; a sister-in-law, Lorraine Corn of Denver, Colo.; her mother-in-law, Gladys Capson of Wyoming; 17 nieces and nephews; and 13 great-nieces and nephews.
     Her family suggests memorials be made in her name to the Penny Pines reforestation project of the U.S. Forest Service, or to the Paralyzed Veterans of America in care of the Dakan Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 1386, Caldwell, Idaho 83606.