Juanita Elizabeth “Sissy” Zorn


    Juanita Elizabeth “Sissy” (nee Barber) Rickard Husch Zorn was born March 19, 1930 in Washington, Missouri to Bertha and Grady Barber and passed away August 29, 2022 at the age of 92 years.


    She was the eldest daughter of 12 children whom she helped care for. Because it was difficult for the younger siblings to call her by her given name, they began calling her Sissy and the name stuck for most of her life.
    When Juanita was 18, she married Oliver Rickard. After a few years, the two parted ways and she began the next chapter of her life.
    While working at the Lighthouse for the Blind, she met Paul Husch and the two of them were married on December 31, 1956. She had 18 wonderful years with Paul as a stay-at-home mother. Upon his passing, Juanita went to work as a housekeeper for prominent families in Rolla, Missouri.
    On October 13, 1979, she married a long-time friend of the family, Charles Zorn. Together they enjoyed baking for the Farmer’s Market, finding bargains at thrift stores and going to the Casinos.
    She grew up poor in St. Louis during the Great Depression. She shared many stories with her family and although it was a tough life. Because she was petite, she never looked her age so her mother would send her through the bread line.
    Money was tight during those days and she would sell pencils, sewing needles and pick up glass for extra money. She loved her gum and never met a piece of gum she didn’t chew.
    Juanita accepted Christ in 1984 and reaffirmed her faith again at the Bland Christian Church, because she loved the Lord.
    Juanita loved her Yorkies, Jake, ChiChi and Dolly. She enjoyed singing, reading, cooking and baking.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, Grady and Bertha Barber; late husbands, Paul Husch and Charles Zorn; step children, Larry Husch, Johnnie Husch, Sandra Corwin and Dennis Husch; siblings, Edward Barber, Louis Barber, James Barber, Richard Manues, Mary Husch, Raymond Manues, Donald Manues, Johnny Manues and Sandra Husch; and brothers-in-law, Roman Stricklin and Cecil Graddy.
    She is survived by her children, Frank (Pat) Rickard of Owensville, Missouri, Diana (Gary) Biere of Bland, Missouri, Paula (Bob) Pitts, Brenda (Monty) Pitts, all of Cook Station, Missouri and Darla (Travis) Yokum of Leesburg, Virginia; 13 grandchildren, Joshua (Shelley) Biere of Owensville, Missouri, Tabatha (Justin) Cook of Salem, Missouri, Scott Pitts of Rolla, Missouri, Steven (Michelle) Pitts of Oviedo, Florida, Aaron (Danielle) Pitts of Cuba, Missouri, Adam Parrett of Bourbon, Missouri, Bryan (Stacy) Parrett of Godfrey, Illinois, Jenna (David) Carter and Travis (Jacki) Pitts, all of Cook Station, Missouri, Ryan (Corey) Spain of Berryville, Arkansas, Paul Mrstik of Washington, DC, Aubrey Yokum of Ashburn, Virginia and Logan Yokum of Leesburg, Virginia; 40 great grandchildren; many great great grandchildren; two sisters, Barbara Stricklin of Steelville, Missouri and Frances Graddy of Owensville, Missouri; sister-in-law, Diana Husch of Owensville, Missouri; other relatives and friends.
    Memorial service was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 3, 2022 at the Bland Christian Church in Bland, Missouri with Chaplain Gary Daud officiating.
    Arrangements under the direction of the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home of Steelville, Missouri.