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Cancer Takes Beloved Wife and Business Partner

In loving memory of Juanita Walton

4/19/2016, 3:26 p.m.
A celebration of life service for Juanita Walton will be held Saturday, April 30 at Highland Christian Center, 7600 N.E. ...
Juanita Walton (Jay)

A celebration of life service for Juanita Walton, a former Missouri state representative, Portland community volunteer and beloved wife, business partner and friend of Portland community leader and entrepreneur Roy Jay, will be held Saturday, April 30 at Highland Christian Center, 7600 N.E. Glisan St.

Juanita Alberta Head Walton (Jay) died April 12, 2016 from cancer. She was born May 19, 1954 in Clayton, Mo., to John W. and Delores Head, a family of great heritage, history and self-determination. She was Raised in Kinloch, Mo. and graduated from Kinloch High School, Lincoln University and Lindenwood University. She earned a Masters degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

Her career calling was politics. Elected to the Missouri Legislature in 2000, she served eight years representing St. Louis County. She chaired the business and finance committee for the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, served as president of the National Foundation of Women Legislators, and was Democratic committeewoman of Ferguson Township. She was also a founding member of the Black Women’s Political Action Coalition, an organization aimed at increasing the political influence of women at all levels of elected office.

At the completion of her last year in office, she moved to Portland to join her husband in the pursuit of new opportunities. She served as administrator for Project Clean Slate in Portland and served on various local boards and committees. She had a special passion for The Sisters Network, where she served as director. She traveled to various countries representing the United States and Roy Jay Enterprises of Las Vegas.

Juanita loved God and everyone around her. She and her husband were quiet sources of scholarships, home financing, job placement and other community endeavors that were never publicized.

In a varied career outside politics, Ms. Head Walton was a licensed real estate agent, and worked as a flight attendant for TWA, a trainer for St. Louis Community College, and an instructor at Alabama State University. She was the former director of the Grace Hill Women’s Business Center in St. Louis.

She was a member of Coleman-Wright CME Church in St. Louis before moving and joining Highland Christian Center in Portland.

Her father preceded her in death. Survivors include her husband; mother; two sons, Elbert Walton III of St. Louis and Capt. Johnathan Walton of the Army National Guard; and seven siblings, Evelyn Head, Joyce Martin, John Head, Charles Head and Sharon Gill, all of St. Louis County, Patricia Johnson of Texas, and Willie Head of Oregon.

In her loving memory, Roy Jay invites people to make contributions to the Sisters Network to help educate other women about cancer. Contributions can be sent to the Sisters Network – ORSWWA Chapter, 3519 N.E. 15th Ave., Suite #306, Portland, OR 97212.