April 14, 2011

(11/21/1939 - 4/8/2011)

Gayle Jean Johnson, 71, of Memphis, Missouri, died April 8, 2011 at the Scotland County Hospital in Memphis.

She was born on November 21, 1939 in Washington, Missouri, to Tessie Hortense Minar Johnson and Carl Alvin Johnson.

Gayle grew up in St. Clair, Missouri and attended Community Church and Indian Prairie School near Union, Missouri, graduating from the eighth grade in 1952 and graduated from St. Clair High School in 1956. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Methodist College in 1960, majoring in business and attained a minor degree in music.

Gayle married John H. Johnson on June 19, 1960 at St. Clair, Missouri and to this union three children were born.

She was a member of the Memphis United Methodist Church and Chapter C, P. E. O.

She was a homemaker and served as executive secretary for the Pepsi-Cola Memphis Bottling Co. in Memphis, enjoyed gardening, bird watching and quilting. She was very active with Girl Scouts, church women's groups and P.E.O. Gayle's greatest enjoyment was while spending time with her family and her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, John, of Memphis; a son, Michael Johnson and his wife Beth of Memphis, two daughters, Lori AlJundi and her husband Eyad of Kirksville, Missouri, and Dana Bondurant and her husband Brent of Memphis. Also surviving are nine grandchildren, Anna, Kayli and Betsy Johnson, Laith, Zane and Evan AlJundi, and Delayna, Brock and Madie Bondurant, nieces, nephews and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Tessie and Carl Johnson; a brother, James Raines; a sister-in-law, Susie Raines; and a nephew, John Raines.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at the United Methodist Church in Memphis with Reverend David Howlett and Reverend Jim Campbell officiating. Music was provided by Joan Hinds, accompanist and Becky Zahn, vocalist. Burial followed in the Memphis Cemetery. Casket bearers wwere Kevin Schuette, Paul Schuette, Steven Schuette, Doug Raines, Jason Raines and Mike Johnson. Honorary bearers were Wanda Zimmerman, Dorothy Martin, Patricia Coffrin, Ben Raines, David Raines, Roy Raines, Neil Johnson and Dan Larson.

To honor Gayle's memory, a memorial may be made to the Scotland County Library or Memphis Girl Scouts.

Online condolences may be made to the Johnson Family by logging on to mmphisfh@nemr.net. Arrangements are under the direction of Memphis Funeral Home.

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