November 21, 1930 ~ June 12, 2020

Born in: Alexandria, LA
Resided in: Los Angeles, CA

Juanita Marie Harrison was born November 21, 1930 to Claudia Wagner and Rudolph Johnson in Alexandria, Louisiana. She was an only child. She was raised by her grandmother Katie W. Coleman until she left Louisiana in 1946 to stay with her mother in Los Angeles, CA. There she attended Manual Arts High School.

She married Harvey D. Culberson and had three children from that marriage: Janice Renee, Harvey Delever ll and Rodney Gerard Culberson. She had three more children after she married Alvin L. Summers:  Debra Lynn, Cheryl Denise and LaShaun Marie Summers. She later married Willie E. (Ray) Harrison on May 29, 1982.

She worked for Fernbacher Lobe in the garment district for 10 years. She then spent 12 years working for Robertshaw Controls in Long Beach. She retired from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after 13 years as a Patient Accounting Clerk.

She loved music (especially Jazz).  Smokey Robinson was her favorite singer. She loved going to the Long Beach Jazz Festival, as well as other jazz festivals, and dancing to Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give it Up.” She really loved traveling at every opportunity and went on many trips with her granddaughter Danón.  She also enjoyed cruises, gardening, reading and movies.

She is survived by her children:  Harvey (Ardell) Culberson and Rodney (Mabel) Culberson, Debra Jackson, Cheryl (Will) Minor and LaShaun Summers (Deron Taylor); 17 Grandchildren; 16 Great Grandchildren and 2 Great Great Grandchildren. Her husband Ray and her daughter Janice preceded her in death.

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  1. candle 8Sending our love and prayers to all of you. So privileged to get to know her and call her our friend. We will cherish our memories and the great time we had in DC on her trip with Danon.

    She was a special lady of great warmth, faith and fun – Please God, keep her in your care – she’s one of the best!

    We will miss her…

    Roberta & Maureen

    • Thank you, Maureen & Roberta My mother adored u both & enjoyed spending time with u guys! Love U More LaShaun&Family~~❤💙❤💙

  2. candle 4A very sweet God fearing woman. Grammie will be missed dearly by all who have had an opportunity to be in her presence.

  3. Grammy was gracious enough to teach us young women how to make a peach cobbler on a camping trip. It was so good and it is still being enjoyed among the friends in the Orange County area by the young women she taught.

    Howard & Cynthia McCall

  4. candle 1The love and welcoming heart that inspired us all is ours to keep. Being in the fun, loving, dancing, eating space with Darling Marie has been my pleasure and I will miss her at every gathering. Marie’s beautiful gift to me was driving together, sharing stories and when we said our goodbyes I said ‘I love you’ she looked at me and said, “I love you more, you’re my daughter from another mother!” I felt all the love and warmth intended and I really got what “more” means and I know we all feel the deep loss. I’m with you all!
    Love, love & more love,
    Cynthia, daughter of love.

  5. candle 7I am so grateful to have known such a strong and loving woman. She will be greatly missed. I’ll always love you Grammie.

  6. candle 7My heart goes out to the family. Such a beautiful loving aunt with a beautiful smile always telling those she loved “I Love You”. I love you, auntie, you will be missed!

    Love always, La’Juana

  7. candle 8My Mom 🌸Beautiful,Amazing ,Smart 💪 Strong, Kind, A Great Listener, & Tough You are one of the toughest ones I know! My Angel I will miss u so much especially calling u like 3times a day! I Love ❤You with all my Heart! LOVE U MORE! Say hi to the rest of my 🙏angels! Rest Well🌴Always Your Lil Heart ❤LaShaun Marie~~❤💓💓❤

  8. candle 8My Grammie, oh how I miss you! Somehow, you knew how to love and give everybody just what they needed from you. You were more than my grandmother, you were my #1 cheerleader, my confidant, and my friend. Even when we made each other mad, it never lasted more than 10 minutes because we always called each other right back 😊 I will never forget the good times, the stories you told me, the advice you gave, and the secret conversations we had. I love you more!

  9. candle 1Chanda, you and your family are in my heart and mind. My condolences on the passing of your grandmother

  10. candle 7My Dearest Grandmother,
    Thank you for your unconditional love, support and earnest words of wisdom. I will forever carry with me our wonderfully shared memories of talking, laughing, dancing and delicious cocktails. You are truly missed, but never ever forgotten.
    Your Granddaughter. “Love You More”

  11. candle 1Aunt Juanita-just hearing her name has always brought instant joy! I would always become excited upon hearing we were going to visit her and, her lively household; all of whom I love so dearly. How blessed we’ve been to have her in our lives for so many years! Her stellar love of God was reflected in every aspect of her life and, served as a great example for all of us. Much love Auntie! Enjoy the eternal peace you so richly deserve.💜👏🏽❤️👏🏽💕

  12. candle 1Word cannot express how much I will miss you. I am so glad that I got to have a relationship with you, my Great-Grandmother, for 30 years. God is amazing and so were you! I love you.

  13. candle 4I miss my Grammie so much, grateful for all the memories growing up knowing I had a great grandmother in my life that supported me and guided me through life along with my other cousins/family her smile positive energy and love can never be replicated and I’m happy she is no longer suffering May she Rest In Peace

  14. My prayers are with you and my love. With deep sympathy during this difficult time. Always rely on Jehovah the God of all comfort 💜💗💕

    • Thank you for your kind thoughts Linda. Jehovah truly is the God of all comfort. (2 Cor 1:3,4) He is definitely holding our family tight in his loving arms. We appreciate your support. It was good to see you at the memorial service via Zoom.

  15. Praying for comfort and peace for all of the family. Love you guys so much. Mechelle Direaux and Lauren Direaux

    • Thank you Shelli & Lauren for your supportive words & more importantly for being a special part of our family! I love u guys both so much! I Love U More💙

  16. candle 1Mom was blessed to have the love of lots of family and friends and she knew how to return it! What a wonderful life. I wish for us all to be so blessed👍💓💕❣⚘⚘⚘

  17. candle 7Missing My Grammie. She loved us all and lived. I already miss our daily calls and our trips. All the time we shared and loved. You will always be the strength in my life. The example of how to love and love more. How to forgive and care for others. How to shop. How to cook. Oh, the list can go on and on. I know you knew I loved you and I know you loved me. I just miss you. Your First Grandchild. (SMILE cousins!! ) Love you more!!

  18. candle 4To our Grammie! You will forever be in our hearts. We will never forget all the wonderful things you instilled in us. We will always be thankful to God for sharing you with us. RIH until we meet again. All our love!

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