Obituary: Ruth L. Johnson

February 13, 1932 – June 30, 2019

Ruth L. Johnson, 87, of Bedford, passed away at 5:59 p.m. on Sunday, June 30, 2019, at Stonebridge Health Campus.

Born February 13, 1932, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Emmett and Kate (Ellis) Owen. She married Bill Johnson on July 5, 1952, and he preceded her in death on July 20, 1989. She was a graduate of Bedford High School with the class of 1950. She graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in education. Ruth was a member of the First Baptist Church for over sixty years and a volunteer with St. Vincent Dunn Pink Ladies. She had worked at Pay-N-Pakit IGA, Buck Lemon Furniture, and was a teacher at Parkview Primary retiring in 1997.

Survivors include one daughter, Julie Hewetson, of Bedford; two sons, Brian Johnson and wife, Linda, of Cincinnati, OH and Reed Johnson and wife, Shana, of Avon, IN; six grandchildren, Barron Hewetson and wife, Danielle, of Holly Springs, NC, Anah Hewetson Gouty and husband, Wes, of Bedford, Garrett Johnson, of Cincinnati, OH, Gavin Johnson, of Huntsville, TX, Cole Johnson, of Avon, IN, and Hunter Johnson, of Chicago, IL; four great-grandchildren, Brigg Gouty, Adriel Hewetson, Colette Hewetson, and
Beckett Gouty; several nieces and nephews; a brother-in-law, Jack Chastain, of Mitchell, IN.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three brothers, Russell, Ferrell, and John Owen; three sisters, Violet Duncan, Jayne McPike, and Vivian Chastain; a son-in-law, Bruce Hewetson.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 6th at the First Baptist Church in Bedford with Lee Brown officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday, July 5th at Day & Carter Mortuary.

The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to the Charles William “Bill” Johnson Scholarship Fund through the Lawrence County Community Foundation.

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