Justine Duxbury passed away in peace and with optimism at her home June 13, 2012.

She was born September 6, 1913, in Zakamenne, Czechoslovakia, to Martin and Teresa Jaron. In 1920, they immigrated to the United States.

In 1937, she married John Duxbury, in Pittsburgh. In 1940 they moved to Fort Wayne, Ind., where they raised their four children and had their careers. She worked for Wolf and Dessauer, and then for Rogers Markets. She moved to Medford, Ore., in 1993.

She learned to crochet and embroider as a girl and later became a talented seamstress and quilter. She was enthusiastic about gardening and fishing. She was an exemplary cook and baker, especially enjoying making kolacky, sweet rolls traditional to her Slovak heritage. She took up porcelain painting in her 80's and jewelry-making at 96, being patient and precise with both to create heirloom pieces.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, John (Gayle) Duxbury, of South Pasadena, Calif., Thomas (Natalia) Duxbury, of Pasadena, Calif., Elaine (Terry) Rainey, of Broken Arrow, Okla., and Janet Duxbury (Jerry Schaller), of Medford; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; one sister-in-law, Sylvia Doak; and 21 nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John; her sisters, Rosalia Michalova and Mary Shepelak; and brother, Steve Jaron.

The family wishes to give heartfelt thanks to the staff at Northridge Center for the excellent care and loving attentions Justine received there.

There will be a life celebration June 29, 2012, 1:30 p.m., at Northridge Center, 3737 S. Pacific Hwy., Medford, and a

memorial service June 30, 2012, 2:00 p.m., at the Jehovah's

Witnesses Kingdom Hall, 953 Garfield St., Medford.

In lieu of flowers, her family suggests a donation to your

favorite charity.