JOHNSON, Elizabeth “Betty” Fern died July 1, 2009

Elizabeth “Betty” Fern Johnson, 77, of Oak Grove, MO, passed away Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at St. Mary’s Medical Center of Blue Springs.  Funeral services will be 2:30 p.m. Sunday, July 5th at the First Baptist Church of Oak Grove; burial in Oak Grove Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the church from 1:00-2:30 p.m. preceding the service.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Lakeview Woods State School.
 Betty was born January 6, 1932 in Columbia, MO, the daughter of Obie & Nannie (Boyd) Shaw.  She married Wallace W. Johnson on April 6, 1952.  Betty had been a teacher’s aide and bus driver for Lakeview Woods State School in Lee’s Summit for 33 years.  She and Wallace helped start a sheltered workshop for handicapped children in Independence.   Betty had been a caregiver for their son, David, for 35 years before his death in 1991.  She was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church of Oak Grove.
Her survivors include her husband of 57 years: Wallace Johnson of the home; two sons: Michael Johnson of St. Louis, MO and Kelly Johnson & wife Mary of Oak Grove, MO; one brother: Donald D. Shaw of Independence, MO; one sister: Patricia Webb of Albuquerque, NM; two grandchildren:  Cacey D. Johnson & Shawn M. Johnson; and two great-grandchildren: Zoe M. Johnson & Ocean A. Cozart.
 Betty was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, and she was a friend to everyone she knew.  She will be sadly missed.


Betty was married to Wallace Johnson, who is a descendant of Margaret Finley and William Gleaves, Jr.