Juanita ‘Nita’ (Dodson) Waxelman

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Juanita ‘Nita’ (Dodson) Waxelman, 89, of Harrah, Oklahoma, passed away on Friday, May 17, 2019. She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years Herbert J. Waxelman. Nita and Herbert spent most of their years in Kansas City and Cassville, Missouri. While in Kansas City, Juanita was both a free-lance advertising copywriter and newspaper columnist. Later in life after moving to Cassville, she used her creative gifts to produce art and operate a gallery in Eureka Springs Arkansas. Never giving up her love for writing; she won many awards for her short stories culminating in her short story “Iva Mae’s Birthday” being published in 2001 “Chicken Soup for the Gardener’s Soul.”

Nita was also preceded in death by her sister, Wanda (Dodson) English; her father, SW ‘Curly’ Dodson; and her mother Edith Bodner.

Nita is survived by a niece Carol Modisette of Choctaw, Oklahoma, and two nephews, Ken Brewer of Choctaw, Oklahoma, and Doug Brewer of Birmingham, Alabama.

In a 2001 inscription of Chicken Soup for the Gardener’s Soul in which her story was published, Nita wrote to a great nephew: “I hope you reap a bountiful harvest of blessings for all the days of your life. Cherish each moment!”

“Aunt Nita, writer, artist, entrepreneur, trout fisher, and beer drinker, you will be missed.”