Glenda Jo Johnson was born on November 4, 1935 in Plano, TX and went to be with her Lord and savior on Sunday, September 4, 2022. Jo, as her friends and family called her, would have been 87 years old on her next birthday.
Married to Floyd Kenneth Johnson on June 20, 1952 in Forreston, TX, they were married almost sixty-two years before his passing in February of 2015.
A life-long member of the Ferris Heights Methodist Church, Jo has served in almost every aspect of the church including playing a vital role in the United Methodist Women’s group, serving as a church officer, helping with Vacation Bible School, working in the church nursery, organizing meals, visiting the sick and shut-ins, singing in the choir, and even rotating as a teacher for her adult Sunday School class the Searchers until this past year when she had to step down due to her health.
After serving as a full-time housewife and mother, she worked fifteen years for Maxwell’s Jewelers in downtown Waxahachie; she worked many more years for the local Presbyterian Children’s Home; and she even substituted for Waxahachie ISD after she and her husband retired. Jo also found time to serve as a member of the local Garden Club and volunteered once a week to read to the children at Northside Elementary, even into her 70s.
Her favorite meal of the day was breakfast - and whether it be Cancun’s, Denny’s, IHOP, or Caroline’s - she loved to eat out in the mornings.
She also enjoyed cooking for family dinners and church functions; even in her 80s, she was still baking cakes for the Palmer bus drivers where her oldest son works.
Whenever one of her Bellvue community’s family members passed away, Jo could be found walking up and down the street collecting money from neighbors for flowers and food.
Jo also loved to go antiquing - she could look for hours while explaining to whomever was with her what each piece was, detailing how it had been used in its time, and describing the one that her parents or grandparents had owned that was just like it. She was an expert in Depression glass and Early American Fostoria and loved to reminisce about how her mother had started both her and her sister collecting milk glass when they were just children. She loved old dishes and quilts and owned numerous patterns of both.
Jo is preceded in death by her husband Floyd Kenneth Johnson; her father Ozie Dillard Hassell; her mother Alice Leona Walker and step-father Charles Walker; her younger brothers Gary and David Hassell; and her father-in-law and mother-in-law Hiram and Lucille Johnson.
She is survived by numerous family members who will greatly miss her: sons Kenny Johnson and wife Leah of Waxahachie, and Joe Keith Johnson and wife DeAnne also of Waxahachie; her sister Jean Goodloe and husband Bobby of Red Oak; grandchildren Kristi Johnson of Waxahachie, and Charles Keith Johnson and wife Hope of Waxahachie; four great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pall bearers will be Charles Keith Johnson (grandson), Tyler Milligan (great-grandson), Kenneth Milligan (great-grandson), Robert Lynn Goodloe (nephew), Jacob Blakley (great-nephew), and Benjamin Blakley (great-nephew).
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that monetary donations be made to Ferris Heights Methodist Church of Waxahachie.