You may view the Funeral Service via LIVE STREAM at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 6, 2022https://us02web.zoom.us/j/410525957***Due to the increase of Flu and upper respiratory illnesses, the family requests everyone to please wear a face mask during the Visitation and Service.*** Thank you for your cooperation.
Anna Suzette “Sue” Johnson, 75, of Parkville, MO passed away peacefully Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at NorthCare Hospice with her loving family by her side. Sue was born December 14, 1946, to Vincent and Alma (Fowler) Runnels in St. Joseph, MO.
Sue grew up on her parents farm in Gallatin, MO and attended Blake school, a small country school near their home. She later attended and graduated from Gallatin High in 1964. Sue continued her education by studying English and Library Science at Cottey College for Women in Nevada, MO. She had a strong connection to Cottey College and made many life long friends there.
Sue went on to complete her education at Northwest Missouri State University. She was a member of Delta Zeta Sorority and graduated with a bachelors degree in Education in 1966. Not done with her education just yet, she went on to take courses at William Jewell and Central Missouri State University where she received her Masters of Science in Education in December of 1992.
Sue spent most of her working career as a teacher in various school districts and educational centers. She taught at Chillicothe, MO School District, Chillicothe Correctional Center, Fort Osage, MO School District, Savannah, MO School District, St. Joseph, MO School District, Ford Motor Company ESL program, Park University in Parkville, MO and North Kansas City, MO School District. She was also a librarian at St. Pius X High School in Kansas City, Missouri. Throughout most her life she was a member of the PEO Sisterhood and for the last 30+ years a member of Pine Ridge Presbyterian Church.
Sue met and fell in love with a young “handsome” guy from Arkansas named, Harry Johnson. Harry was in the Air Force and Sue was teaching at Fort Osage at the time. One of Sue’s favorite stories, was how she and Harry met on a blind date set up by Sue’s cousin, Patty and Harry’s nephew Jamie. Harry and Sue were united in marriage on June 6, 1970 in Gallatin, MO.
Sue was an avid reader and had an extensive collection of reading materials, really her own library. She loved researching her family genealogy and being sure the family had copies of the information she found. Sue was always teaching and guiding others. If you had a question, she usually had the answer, but if she didn’t know it, she would “Google it” faster than you could blink. She was always learning and sharing her knowledge with others.
She loved to travel with her family, experience new places and was always looking for the historical points of interest along the way. She enjoyed telling stories of her family and spending time with her family. Family was everything for Sue.
Sue will be remembered for her never wavering upbeat attitude, kindness and generosity to others, wealth of knowledge, love of family and strength and perseverance in life. Most importantly she will always be known as Harry’s loving wife, mother to Amy and Blake, grandmother to 8 grandchildren and friend to so many.
Sue was preceded in death by both parents. She is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Harry Johnson; a daughter, Amy Jennings (husband, Chris) and their two daughters Audrey and Grace; a son, Blake Johnson (wife Shawnda) their children: Abbi; Aiden; Triton and Gentrie; and two sons, Matthew and Dalton, with Melissa Neeley; two sisters: Cindy Holt (husband Terry); Julie Osborn (husband Tim) and too many nieces and nephews to count.
A Visitation will be held from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at Pine Ridge Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, MO. The Funeral Service will immediately follow at 2:00 p.m. at the church with Pastor Buzzy LeCluyse officiating. A Committal Service will follow at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Parkville, MO.
Memorial contributions are suggested in lieu of flowers to the Pine Ridge Presbyterian Memorial Funds and the American Cancer Society. Memories of Sue and condolences to the family will be cherished and may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.
PALLBEARERS: Gary Sowell, Tim Cochran, Matt Neeley, Jesse Holt, Karl McElroy, Jeff Benes, Blake Westmoreland, Mark Westmoreland