Hibbett, Juanita M. died peacefully on Jan. 31, 2019, in her Webster Groves home of 61 years. She was 98 years old (1920-2019).
Nita was the dear wife of the late Ray W. Hibbett; daughter of the late George and Nettie Mayhew; mother of Karen (Tim) Mulkey, Bruce (Cheryl) Hibbett, Nancy (Dale) Hansbrough and Al (Suzie) Hibbett. She was the proud grandmother of Katie, Joanna, Sandy, Adam, Liz, Dan, Ben and Kate; and great-grandmother of Hunter, Dylan, Kira, Will, Jordan and Allison.
Nita was born on Dec. 23, 1920, and grew up in Greenville, Illinois. She showed musical talent at an early age. In 1942 she graduated with honors from Greenville College, earning degrees in music performance and education. In 1976 she earned a master’s degree in aesthetic education from Webster University.
Nita used her musical talents as a soloist, organist, pianist and choir director throughout her life. She made music in all her church homes: Westminster, South Webster and Webster Groves Presbyterian churches. She also taught music at Warson Woods Elementary, Hixson and Webster Groves High School. Nita loved teaching people to sing and play and welcomed students of all ages. Private lessons and choral rehearsals were a regular part of her home life.
Nita married Ray in 1946 and they moved to Webster in the early 1950s. Here they raised four children and enjoyed a 55-year loving marriage. Ray, also a musician, was so proud of Nita and backed her up as a sound man. In later years, they formed a great team, entertaining at the Gatesworth.
Nita was an excellent cook and loved creating gifts of food for her family and friends. She also loved learning new skills and studied jazz piano in her 60s. Nita continued to teach private lessons until age 96, despite being blind.
Services are Saturday, Feb. 9, at Webster Groves Presbyterian Church. Visitation is at 9 a.m. before the service at 10:30 a.m., with a reception following. Memorials appreciated to Webster Groves Presbyterian Church Music Fund.