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November 13, 1924 - October 29, 2018
AnnaBelle Johnson, the daughter of Robert Lesley and Ora Ethel (Nuckolls) Stevens, was born November 13, 1924, in Tarkio, Missouri. She graduated from North Star country school, east of Westboro, Missouri. Recently, AnnaBelle graduated from “Senior Life Solutions” at Community Hospital-Fairfax, Fairfax, Missouri, but remarked “it was only for old people.”
On December 15, 1946, AnnaBelle was united in marriage to Harry Marshall Johnson in Iowa. They became the parents of one son, Wendell, and made their home on the Johnson family farm, one mile east of Westboro, to the present time.
AnnaBelle was a true “farmer’s wife.” AnnaBelle was employed as a cook at the Elks Club in Shenandoah, Iowa. She owned and operated the Farmers Café in Westboro, for 10 years. For 35 years, she also cooked for the Westboro Lions Club. AnnaBelle catered for the Tarkio Rotary Club and Tarkio Nutrition Site bingo nights, as well as catered weddings and other events.
AnnaBelle was a member of the Westboro United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women. Other organizations that AnnaBelle faithfully served were: Current President of Westboro Lions Club, Merrill-Smith American Legion Auxiliary Unit #32, Westboro, Atchison County Democratic Committee, Women’s Club and formerly served as Secretary for Center Grove Cemetery.
AnnaBelle was more than just a cook for her family. Your cinnamon toast was cut into little bite size squares. Coconut cream pie was a must, right next to the 10 course meal she insisted on serving. Her devotion and love ran deep to every generation. She enjoyed quilting and crocheting. She embroidered pillow cases and tea towels for her grandchildren. Her grandkids and great-grandchildren recall her presence at every event she could get to while she made you pose for her disposable camera picture. She took great pleasure in attending ball games, graduations, weddings, music concerts, and the County Fair as their biggest fan. She loved to garden and to “work up” whatever she harvested. Many hours were spent making jelly, canning corn, pickles and tomato juice. Playing dominoes, JENGA, Monopoly, and slap Jack were some competitive memories that all generations shared with her. And she was not one to “let ya win!” Her love for the farm ran deep! In the spring she loved watching the planting season in session and harvest in the fall. She counted all 19 cows across the road. She talked farming with all of her grandkids, watching farm sales and rodeos on TV for hours. AnnaBelle passed away Monday, October 29, 2018, at Community Hospital-Fairfax, Fairfax, Missouri, at the age of 93.
In addition to her parents and husband, Harry, AnnaBelle was preceded in death by infant granddaughter, Kristine Johnson, grandson, Kenneth Johnson, and nine brothers and sisters. Survivors include son, Wendell Johnson, Westboro; three grandchildren, Kolette Johnson, Clarinda, Iowa, Karen (Jeff) Williams and Cody Johnson, all of Westboro; nine great-grandchildren, Taylor (Sierra) Hielen, Landry Hester, Adysen Hester, Kelsey (Jared) Price, Kaly (Jake) Wyatt, Keisha Williams, Keaton Williams, Savannah Johnson and Brady Johnson; three great-great-grandchildren, M.J. Madron, Jagger Price and Reagan Price; granddaughter-in-law, Jessica Baldwin; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral Service: 10:00 A.M., Thursday, November 1, 2018, Westboro United Methodist Church
Interment: Center Grove Cemetery, Westboro
Open visitation begins 9:00 A.M., Wednesday, October 31, Davis Funeral Home, Tarkio, where the family will receive friends from 6:00-7:00 P.M.
Memorials: Westboro United Methodist Church or Center Grove Cemetery
Arrangements: Davis Funeral Home, Tarkio.