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Barbara Ann Johnson of Dorrance, Kansas passed away on September 23, 2023 at 10:51 pm. Barbara was born May 23, 1943 in Vandalia, Illinois to Homer and Thelma Austin. As a child she lived in Illinois and moved to Kansas where her dad worked at Texaco Oil Company. She graduated from Dorrance High School, class of 1961.
Her daughter, Devery Scott, was the only child of the marriage to Johnny Scott. They later divorced. She married her best friend and the love of her life, LF (John) Johnson in April 1976. She did bookwork for several businesses and was office manager for their company Johnson Exterminating. She also helped raise two families.
She loved sewing, camping, looking for sharks teeth on the Smoky Hill River, working in the yard, flea markets, her animals (especially her dogs and cats), and enjoying her summers with her granddaughters.
Barbara is survived by her husband LF (John), of the home. Her daughter Devery (James) Poppenga – Brafford, granddaughters Danielle (Damien) Scott, Daysha (Zack) Poppenga, Darian Poppenga, and great-grandkids Aurora and Landon Scott, all of Kansas City, Missouri. One brother Robert (Mable) Austin and family of Stafford Kansas. One niece Carla Dively and family of Illinois.
Family will be conducting a private family service and burial of ashes at a later date, no visitation being held.
In lieu of flowers, the family would be honored for donations to be made to The V Foundation for Cancer Research. (V.org)
“May you find peace to bring you comfort and loving memories to forever hold onto your heart.”
“Hoping you find some joy in the midst of the tears as you celebrate her life.”
“May your memories fuel the empty space in your heart.”
“Special people leave special memories.”
“Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free,
I’m following the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard Him call,
I turned my back and left it all
I couldn’t not stay another day
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way.
I found that peace at the close of the day.
If my parting has left a void
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Ah yes, these things too, will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow.
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life’s been full, I’ve savored much.
A loved one’s touch, good friends, good times.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me.
God wanted me now, He set me free.”