Juanita “Nita” Nancille Baer


Juanita “Nita” Nancille Baer
Juanita “Nita” Nancille Baer

Juanita “Nita” Nancille Baer, 79, of Amarillo, TX passed away on September 5, 2022.

Memorial services will be at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, September 8, 2022, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Rev. Kevin Deckard officiating. Private burial will be at the Dumas Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Nita was born in Big Spring, TX on June 28, 1943, to Johnny Janak and Lucille Snow. She graduated from Tascosa High School and attended Amarillo College where she was a cheerleader and joined a sorority. She then went on the attend West Texas State University where she graduated with a bachelor’s and two master’s degrees. Nita started teaching in Dumas, TX in 1967 and was at Cactus Elementary until 1970. She taught half a year at Hillcrest Elementary. Then she started teaching at the Junior High School in Dumas and taught there until 1984 and then moved to be an elementary counselor in Dumas. Nita moved to Canyon ISD as a counselor from 1988-1992. She returned to Dumas as a High School Counselor from 1992 until she retired in 1995.
Nita married John Bruce Baer on September 5, 1962.
Nita was an avid reader and sports fan. She loved basketball, tennis, and football. She also loved all animals, especially dogs. She attended Polk Street United Methodist Church.
Nita was a great mother, grandmother, and friend to all. Her grandchildren were the light in her life. She was compassionate, caring, and so loveable. She never met a stranger and you never left her side without a hug. Nita impacted a lot of lives and has definitely left a legacy behind.
She was preceded in death by her soulmate, John Bruce Baer; and her parents, John and Lucille Janak.
Survivors include daughters, Kelly Baer Stringer and husband Blake, of Amarillo, Texas, and Becky Baer Fults and husband Alvin, of Aledo, Texas; brother, John Wayne Janak and wife Karen of Austin, Texas; sister, Dru Monroe and husband Paul, of New Jersey; and grandchildren, Kyler Sullivan, Kaitlin Sullivan, Avery Stringer, Colton Fults and wife Morgan, and Cade Fults.

18 Replies to “Juanita “Nita” Nancille Baer”

  1. She was such an amazing lady! She was a mentor to me when I taught at the Jr. High & such a blessing to me through many situations. She made a big difference in my life. God bless the family.

  2. Such a great loss. Nita was one of my teachers in the 8th Grade. I was awkward, unpopular, and trying to figure out who I was. She treated every student (popular or not) the same. She was there when I needed her the most. Thanks so much for all you did for me. Rest in Power.

  3. Mrs. Baer was my teacher at Cactus, was and always will be my favorite teacher. Such a kind lady. My most sincere condolences and prayers for the family.

  4. Nita and I were friends many years ago in school. We recently got in touch with each other again by way of social media. She was a very good person and cute as a button. Prayers and blessings to her family.

  5. I sure will miss her. We didn’t spend enough time together but I cherish the times we had. I hope good memories for all the that knew and loved her. Goodbye Cuz!

  6. After over 60 years of friendship there are no words to express how much I will miss Nita. We spoke or texted every morning for the past 3 years with many laughs and a few tears between the two of us! She loved so many people and gave good advice to so many students that have assisted them in a successful life!

  7. What a sweet, wonderful, amazing lady! I loved spending time with her and hearing her sweet laugh. Prayers to her family. She will be missed.

  8. Such a good person! We will all treasure our memories of her. So sorry to miss her service. Love and sympathy to all her family. ( Tascosa HS 1961)

  9. The kindness and encouragement Nita showed to me when I first began teaching at Dumas Junior High will always be remembered.

  10. Nita was like another mother to me. She was a very sweet person whom I will always hold dear to my heart. Prayers for Becky and Kelly and their families. She will be dearly missed.

  11. Nita was a part of our family for so long . Lots of memories!! Peace and. Blessings to Kelly and Becky and the grandchildren…

  12. I met “Nita” at Amarillo Relays. As the athlete vaulted over the bar she would cheer. Watching her for a while it was like every time the bar was cleared she was going over it with her. The last vault set a new record, she stood and exclaimed “I knew she would do it.” What a lady, she made a difference in many lives. She will be missed.

  13. Im so sad to read about Nita’s passing, we became friends when she was a counselor at Arden road school . She was an awesome person and we had many smiles and laughs together.

    Debi “swafford” Stavenhagen

    1. From slumber parties and carpools Nita was an important part of my life. Good memories of life in a long ago time.
      Linda Lemons Weaver

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