JANICE ELAINE JOHNSON- Janice Elaine Johnson, 87, a longtime Roswell resident, passed away on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 in Roswell, NM.
Jan was born on September 11th, 1933 at the home of Will M. and Elma Dulin Wood in Eastland Texas. She moved to Abilene Texas when she was 3 years old and was a 1952 graduate of Abilene High School. She married Jerrold Keith Johnson on July 21, 1956 in Abilene, TX and had been married for 58 years when Jerry passed away in March of 2015.
Jan was a long-time member of the Roswell Assistance League having held many offices throughout her over 30 years of membership. She was active in Eastern Star and an adult leader of Rainbow for Girls. She enthusiastically supported her kids throughout numerous youth and school activities.
Jan enjoyed her Bible study courses and loved sewing, quilting and virtually any crafting hobby. She loved to travel and keep scrapbooks of the places she visited. She also enjoyed line dancing in her earlier years.
The famous Texas Legend Horned Toad, “Old Rip”, originally belonged to her father and was placed in the cornerstone of the Eastland Texas County courthouse building by his father E.E. Wood in 1897 and was found living years later when the building was replaced.
She is survived by her 3 children, Tanya Kraft and husband Richard Kraft of Roswell, NM; Tony Johnson and his wife Cheryl of Flower Mound, TX; David Johnson and Kellie Sorenson Kross of Dallas, TX. Jan had 8 grandchildren; Devin Kraft, Kelsey Kraft Gass (and her husband Wesley); Brooks Johnson (and his wife Kristin), Matthew Johnson (and his wife Anna), and Sarah Johnson; Courtney Johnson Carlton (and her husband Bo), Blake Johnson (and his wife Kelsey) and Kelli Johnson (and her fiancé Chance Weeks-Williams). She had five great-grandchildren, Jack, Blair and Reese Carlton (Courtney) and Briella Johnson (Brooks) and Cooper Johnson (Matt).
The family is sincerely grateful for the compassionate care given by the Encompass Hospice Nurses and the personnel at Peachtree Retirement Village and Beehive Assisted Living Home in Roswell NM.
A private family service will be held in her honor. The family asks that in lieu of flowers a donation be made to: Operation School Bell, C/O Assistance League of Chaves County, PO BOX 1324, Roswell, NM 88202.
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