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E. Anne Johnson - Bedford
E. Anne Johnson, of Bedford died Sunday, February 19, 2012 at 9:42 p.m. at her home.
Born July 27, 1939 in Loogootee, she was the daughter of Anna Marie (Gootee) and Frank Jones. She married Charles David Johnson on March 18, 1976 and he preceded her in death on August 13, 2007. She retired after 29 years from the Naval Weapons Support Center Crane. Her last position was a supervisory technical information specialist, but much of her career was spent as a writer-editor.
She was an avid reader and enjoyed writing memoirs and anecdotes for friends and family. In corroboration with many others, she also worked extensively on a history of St. John's Catholic Church in Loogootee which was published in 1992. She often reflected that it was one of her favorite projects. For many years she was an active member of her home parish serving as a member of the choir, a religious education teacher and president of the Legion of Mary. She was educated for 12 years in St. John's Schools.
She attended Indiana State University and was a graduate from Indiana University. While employed at Crane she attended the Defense Information School for Public Information Officers and graduated as its Distinguished Honor Graduate, the first woman and the first civilian to be honored.
With her husband, she was once awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for her off-stage participation in the Little Theatre of Bedford. She was a member and past chair of the Cum Libris Book Club in Bedford.
A member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, she participated in choir, served some 15 years as treasurer of St. Vincent de Paul Society and was one of the founders of its first thrift shop operation.
Survivors include one sister, Rita Butcher and one brother Michael F. Jones, both of Loogootee. A number of nephews and nieces whom she considered "her kids" and a number of friends she considered her family, particularly the "Herd" of longtime classmates, her close college friends, April Armstrong, her close friend and caregiver extraordinaire and those in her book and bridge clubs. She was particularly thankful for those who befriended and helped her in the years after her husband's death. They know who they are.
The Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements, but there will be no visitation. A Memorial Service will be held at St. John's Catholic Church in Loogootee, on Friday, February 24, 2012 at 10 a.m. A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 2 p.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, after which her ashes will be interred at the Greene Hill Cemetery.
Those wishing to make memorial contributions may want to consider using the Lawrence County Community Foundation, designated either the David "Bud" Johnson Fund for Little Theatre of Bedford or the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Bedford Fund, or using the Martin County Community Foundation, designation the Gerdon Jones Educational Scholarship Fund.
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