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JoAnna J. Johnson

January 6, 1934 — May 24, 2019

JoAnna J. Johnson

JoAnna J. Johnson, age 85, of Alexandria, Minnesota, died Friday, May 24, 2019, at Grand Arbor in Alexandria.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 30, 2019, at 12 p.m. at Elliston-Stanley Funeral Home in Williamstown, Kentucky. Interment is at Hill Crest Cemetery, Dry Ridge, Kentucky.

A visitation will take place at Elliston Stanley Funeral Home, Williamstown, Kentucky, on Wednesday, May 29 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service.

JoAnna Jeanette was born on January 6, 1934, to Jesse and Venna (Motter) Ridenour in Spencerville, Ohio.  JoAnna attended grade schools in the Lima, Ohio, area until the family moved to Kentucky. She completed grade school in Kentucky, and then returned to Lima to live with her aunt and attend high school.  She graduated from Lima South High School. 

After high school, JoAnna worked as a secretary for Typewriter Supply in Lima, Ohio for two years. Then, she attended Fort Wayne Bible College, Fort Wayne, Indiana, for two years, after which she returned to Typewriter Supply.

She was united in marriage to Donald O. Johnson on July 3, 1958, at the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Lima, Ohio.  Following their marriage, they made their home first in Jackson, Michigan, until 1961, when they moved to Decatur, Illinois, where their two sons were born.

JoAnna worked as a secretary for Manpower in Decatur, Illinois, from 1972 to 1976, and then as a library secretary for the Decatur Public Schools from 1976 until her retirement in 1992.  She was a member of East Park Baptist Church in Decatur where she served as church librarian.

In 2000, following her husband’s retirement they moved to Avon, Indiana. In Indiana, she was a member of Mt. Tabor Baptist Church, Lebanon, Indiana, where she again served as church librarian. In Avon, she volunteered at the Washington Township Library.

When she wasn’t working in a library, JoAnna enjoyed reading and gardening. 

In November of 2017, JoAnna and her husband moved to Grand Arbor, a Senior Living Facility, in Alexandria, Minnesota.

She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Leo Ridenour, Clarence Ridenour, Leonard Brewer, and Ross Brewer; and two sisters, Zelnora Morgan and Donalda Ridenour.

JoAnna is survived by her husband of 61 years, Donald “Don” of Alexandria; two sons, Tim (Martha) Johnson of New London, Minnesota and Steve Johnson of Avon, Indiana; two brothers, Marvin (Annette) Ridenour of Lexington, Kentucky and Keith (Brenda) Brewer of Dry Ridge, Kentucky; sister, Erma Plumber of Crittenden, Kentucky; three grandchildren, Daniel (Amy) Johnson of Willmar, Minnesota, Kristin Johnson of McAllen, Texas and Kaylyn (Alec) Gray of Greenwood, Indiana; four great-grandchildren, Landon, Logan, Brooke and Brady Johnson; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Pastor Jason Grubbs, Lead Pastor of Mt. Tabor Baptist Church, Lebanon, Indiana, had been JoAnna’s pastor for seven years. He will be conducting the funeral service.

Pallbearers are Marvin Ridenour, Keith Brewer, Roger Draper, Wayne Blanton, Richard Lyons, Landon Johnson, Logan Johnson and Brady Johnson.

In lieu of flowers please give a donation to your local library or church library in memory of JoAnna.

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