Louise Johnson, a Jamaican born creative spirit, joined the realm of the ancestors, reuniting peacefully with her husband after 38 years, on January 26, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri. She was 93 years young. “Ms. Lou” as she was amicably called, was born on December 22, 1926, in Exeter District, Westmoreland, Jamaica, to the union of George and Mary (Tyson) Spence. She spent her formative years in Exeter where she attended Ashton All Age School in Westmoreland, Jamaica. One of fourteen (14) children, Ms. Lou married Stephen Johnson, the love of her life, on January 6, 1962 and their union was blessed with 11 biological children. After the passing of her husband, she spent her later years traveling to visit her children in the United States."Ms. Lou" was a modern- day Mother Teresa in her own right. Wherever she went, she had an open hand to share whatever blessings God had bestowed on her and God made sure that she always had enough to bless others. Her life was centered on family and faith. She dedicated her life to raising her children as well as countless others. She was a pillar in her community and her home was always open to everyone - an expression of her delight in being a faithful servant of her Lord Jesus Christ. Louise loved life! She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, a devoted Christian woman who would recite scriptures and prayed for those around. It was rare to see Louise without a smile on her face. Her love of family and friends was unsurpassed and can be seen expressed through the relationships and spirit of “togetherness” you will immediately see expressed among her children and host of grand and great children. Her beautiful soprano voice was a part of many days over the years. Although she made her living as an avid agriculturalist, she was known for her talents as a gifted culinary artist who also enjoyed entertaining. Her mantra was vividly expressed through the open-door policy she embodied over the years. Her home was always filled with family, friends and her community. She would always cook extra as she wanted to always have something to share with anyone who stopped in. She had an elegant, romantic taste in her choice of clothing and loved colors. She would always highlight how important it was to express her feminine allure and youthful sensibilities. Wherever she resided, people were drawn to her sweetness and her beautiful smile. Ms. Lou had a devoted fan club across Westmoreland, the wider Jamaica and in the United States where she had been traveling since 1980s.
She will be forever remembered and cherished for her patience, strength, kindness, generosity, and faithfulness. Ms. Lou is preceded in death by her mother (Mary), father (George), husband (Stephen), and four children (Stafford, Marcus “Lukey”, Hyacinth, and Andley) and two grandchildren, Stephen Bryant and Sharon Lewis. Louise (Spence) Johnson is survived by three daughters, Beverley Johnson-Murdock, (Ronald), Caroline Bryant (Randy), and Norma Hanson (Delroy), and four sons Linton Johnson (Jean), Vincent Johnson (Opal), Desmond Johnson (Cheryl), Anthony Johnson (Paulette), 38 grandchildren, 66 great grandchildren and five (5) great, great grandchildren. Today, we celebrate the life of Louise Johnson and will cherish the wonderful memories and dynamic impact she made in the world over her ninety-three years for a lifetime. “The life given us, by nature is short; but the memory of a well-spent life is eternal.” Cicero, 106-43 B.C. Funeral Services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at Watkins Heritage Chapel 4000 Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd. KCMO. Visitation 1:00 p.m. Internment Johnson Family Plot Westmoreland, Jamaica.
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