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     Lillie Johnson, age 86, of Lamar, passed away Tuesday, March 21, 2017, surrounded by the love of her family at St. Luke’s Nursing Center in Carthage.

      Lillie was born October 27, 1930, in El Dorado Springs, Missouri, one of the thirteen children of Charles and Millie (Herring) Plain. In 1956, Lillie married Jewell McCall and he died in an automobile accident in 1961.  In 1965, she met and married the love of her life, Carl “Bob” Johnson and they shared 11 years together before his passing in 1977.   She was also preceded in death by her parents; six brothers, Harlan, Ross, Glen, Clyde, Howard, and Ivan Plain; four sisters, twin babies, Idabelle and Maybelle Plain, Eunice Quarles and Dorothy Combs; a grandson, Christopher Plain; and a great-grandson, Kahl Kirk.

      Survivors include three sons, Fred (Sally) Plain, Pittsburg, Kansas, Jim (Karen) Kinney, Lamar, and David (Katie) Johnson, Lamar; three daughters, Sheila (Gary) Stevens, Lamar, Lori (Joe) Walker, and Lisa Reece, all of Joplin, Missouri; two sisters, Bernice Workman and Ruby Dell Hamm, both of Decatur, Illinois; 21 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson; many nephews and nieces; and a large extended family.

      Growing up with a strong work ethic and a “can-do” attitude, Lillie had worked as a waitress at Brother Adam’s Restaurant, worked alongside Jewell in the McCall Concrete Block Plant for several years, was a draftsman for Finley Engineering; and cashiered for Jim & Charlie’s Market and Steve’s Coastal for many years.  At home, Lillie shared the abundance of her huge vegetable garden with family and friends and the beauty of her flowers and petunia beds with the entire community.   She was a self taught musician and enjoyed playing the piano and organ.  Lillie was an excellent seamstress, sewing clothes for her girls as well as wardrobes for their Barbie dolls.  She was an animal-lover, and many dogs and cats were fortunate enough to be called hers through the years.  Her door was always open for fellowship of family and dear friends and countless lives were enriched by time spent with Lillie.

      Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 26th, at Daniel Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 3:00 until 4:00 p.m. Saturday, March 25th.  Burial will be in Lake Cemetery.

      Memorial contributions are suggested to The Alzheimer’s Association or Bob Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of the funeral home.

 

Comments  

#7 Jasper, MOJacque Ball 2017-03-30 17:26
Jim & Karen,

I am so sorry for your family's loss.

You are being remembered in my prayers.

Lillie was a beautiful lady I knew years ago.

She was always very proud of her family.

May God Bless each of you,

Jacque Ball (a former O'Sullivan employee).
#6 Springfield,Mo.John Wagaman 2017-03-23 18:41
So sorry for your loss Sheila. Prayers for you and Gary.

John
#5 Newport News VirginiaGail Louise Calaway 2017-03-23 07:29
Our deepest sympathies and prayers for everyone
#4 Centralia ILMargaret Mattmiller 2017-03-22 18:06
Our deepest sympathy to all of you.
I'm sure you will all miss Aunt Lilly Belle.
Prayers for you all.
Ruby's daughter Margaret.
#3 Jeff & Margaret Phipps 2017-03-22 12:05
We are so sorry for your loss. Lillie was such a joyful person. She will be deeply missed.
#2 El Dorado Springs MissouriHarold and Lillie plain 2017-03-21 18:22
We are sending our deepest sympathies for the family god bless everyone
#1 Lamar moDavid and lillie carter 2017-03-21 18:15
It was a blessing to get to spend what time i got to spend with great aunt lillie . I will cherish every storie she told me and every picture we took together . May god be with the family .hugs to everyone

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