Juanita Ruby O’Grady Menick, 89, local theater actor and member of Thalian Association

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Juanita Ruby Menick
Juanita Ruby Menick

Juanita Ruby O’Grady Menick, 89, of Wilmington, beloved mother, daughter and sister passed away on Sunday, May 1, 2016, just short of her 90th birthday. She was surrounded by her loving son, Michael I. O’Grady, and devoted brother, Jackie Bullard.

Juanita was born at home on May 25, 1926, in Enfield to Oscar and Ruby Bullard. Being the eldest of six children, she was preceded in death by her mother, father and brothers, Laurence Bullard and Jerry Bullard. Juanita was married to Jack Menick for over 35 years, who passed away in 2004. Juanita is survived by her son, Michael I. O’Grady; and brothers, David Bullard, and his wife, Virginia, and Ted Bullard and Jackie Bullard; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members. Juanita was known to family and friends as ‘sis’ or ‘aunt sis.’ She loved her family deeply and even helped raise her brothers. Being the only girl, she had a special bond with her mother and father, whom she dearly loved.

She loved the theater and was involved in the USO Club during World War II, entertaining troops in Wilmington. She moved to Chicago and was employed as an administrative assistant in a large printing company. Missing her family and her love for Wilmington, she returned to marry and raise her family.

Her love of theater never died, she joined the Thalian Association in the late 1960s, where she met her late husband, Jack Menick. The two performed and held officer positions for the next 20 years. They starred in many stage performances such as ‘Annie Get Your Gun,’ ‘Funny Girl’ and numerous others. Juanita served as president, vice president and secretary of the Thalian Association over the years. She said it ‘kept her young.’

She was employed at Boke Trading for over 35 years and said she never met a person she didn’t like. Blessed with a quick wit and sense of humor, she always said, ‘I’ve had a good life, good family, and good friends, and been a very lucky lady; what more can one ask for?’

The family would like to extend a very special thanks to Dianne, Mary, Susan, Jan and the staff of the Commons at Brightmore in the Alzheimer Unit. Their loving devotion and support has been a blessing to the family.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 6, in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

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