The daughter of Laverta and Charlton Lewis, LaJuana was born Jan. 25, 1933, at Waurika, and passed away on Dec. 20, 2018.
She and Harry Franklin Dodd were married Nov. 24, 1950, at the First United Methodist Church Ardmore and have one daughter, Deborah Louise Gissler, and one son Daniel Lewis Dodd.
She graduated from Ardmore High School where she was elected Band Queen in 1950. The caption under her picture in the yearbook describes her exactly, “Her success in attaining the title of band queen can be attributed to her sprightly step, her winning smile and charming manner in which she has captured the hearts of A.H.S.” Her family always came first in her life. LaJuana was an administrative assistant and retired from Union Pacific Resources in 1988. (formerly Champlin Petroleum Company)
A member of the First United Methodist Church, she was active in Emmaus for many years. Also she was the first class of Stephen Ministries at FUMC. She was a loyal worker for her church, doing hospital visitation, and working at the clothes closet. She sang in the Sanctuary Choir and sang with a group at the area nursing homes. Always loyal and dependable she often said “We are more blessed than the residents at the facilities in which we sing.” LaJuana was a member of Sanctuary Guild at the FUMC, and served on many committees, missions being her favorite. She went to Rio Bravo, Mexico, five times on construction mission trips  and was a lay delegate to Annual Conference.
After retirement, LaJuana and Harry moved back to Ardmore after living in Midland, Texas, for many years. They designed and built their dream home working together on every detail. She loved working in her yard, and devoted herself to her family and friends. LaJuana loved her children and grandchildren without reservation. She was a wonderful cook, always had healthy meals ready for all people to enjoy.
Survivors include, daughter Deborah Louise Gissler and husband Greg, of Lampasas, Texas; son Daniel Lewis Dodd, of San Antonio, Texas; grandson Dylan Brock and wife Heather, of Austin, Texas; one precious great-granddaughter, Isabelle Rose Brock and a host of other friends and relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three brothers and a granddaughter.
Memorials may be made to The First United Methodist Church Mission Fund, Ardmore or The Infant Crisis Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Online condolences may be made at