Betty Jane Johnson
Betty Jane Johnson
  • December 15, 1927 - January 14, 2018
  • Missouri

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Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde was quoted as saying "some cause happiness wherever they go, others whenever they go". Our beloved 90 year old Mother, Granny, and GG of Raytown, Missouri was one of those who conveyed happiness. Betty was proceeded in death by her husband Barney Johnson, sister Cleta Crossno, and brother Bernard Lawrence. She was survived by children Beverly Sawyer, Larry Johnson and his wife Debi, Barbara Brelsford, 7 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren.

Our Mother's welcoming smile projected a caring attitude that created an openness to all she met. Whatever the situation or surroundings she helped to bring a ray of sunshine. Of course, this attitude improved when things were going her way. Her positive outlook was brought on by the knowledge and understanding of the life that she lived. She was a child of the depression. She saw her brother and peers going to war during World War II and was left alone with an infant and a 2 year old while her husband went to Korea to fight in yet another war. As with all of us, she experienced her share of losing family members and friends, a universal thread of life. These and other life events she lived, helped to amplify how fortunate she was in her current state of life. Mother often said, "How lucky I am to have three healthy children who enjoy each other's company and get along." This and the knowledge that all of her loved ones were healthy and not in harm's way meant the world to her.

She was able to travel to Europe and Scandinavia with her husband and enjoyed those trips. By far her favorite trip was the one she experienced with her sister Cleta to Alaska. As her mind began to fail and memories were becoming lost, she never forgot her trip to Alaska. She spoke of it often with family members and her desire to go back. Alaska was truly her mind's happy place.

Betty loved crafts and working with her hands. Due to her many talents she created various handmade items. These items included quilts, stuffed bears, Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls, needle work, ceramics, and woven baskets. As life gave her more time and her talents grew she created gifts of love for all of her existing family. As her family continued to grow she was full of anticipation to once again be able to generate a personalized quilt and matching stuffed bear that would express her love towards her new great-grandchild. With these cherished gifts she made for all of us we will continue to be surrounded and comforted by her love, although she is gone.

In lieu of flowers memorial donation can be made to Shepherd's Center of Raytown, 5110 Westridge Circle, Suite 42, Raytown, MO 64133.