Juanita Lovret has lived in the Tustin area for her entire life.
Her grandfather, Edward Spencer Jones, first came to the area in 1874. He and his bride, Maude Turner, bought property and set up housekeeping in 1885.
She began her journalistic career as an editor for Tustin Grammar School’s TGS Talkie, then worked for The Tustin News before entering Tustin High School and becoming a Broadcaster staff member and editor. She earned both a degree in journalism and a teaching credential at USC. Her career has been a mix of teaching, writing and editing. She taught at Tustin High in the early 1950s and the Saddleback College emeritus program at Leisure World for almost 15 years.
She has written “Remember When,” a weekly column for the Tustin News since 1997. A number of these Tustin memories have been reprinted in a book published by the Tustin Area Historical Society.
She was Tustin Woman of the Year for 1996 and is a past president of the Tustin Area Historical Society.
She and her husband, Clint, have three children who attended Tustin Schools and came back to the area after college. Her four grandchildren are the fourth generation to attend Tustin schools.