Elsie Pearl Johnson, 74, Neosho, passed away, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, in Neosho following a lengthy illness.  

Elsie was born on Jan. 17, 1940, in the Neosho area, the daughter of Frank and Myrtle Edwards Franklin. She lived her entire life in the Neosho area. Elsie worked at Rocketdyne in Neosho in the 1960s and then worked in the medical records office at Sale Memorial Hospital until 1972. She then worked for the Neosho R-5 School District as a nurse’s aide at South Elementary School from 1979 until her retirement in 1999. She cared for many children, offering a Band-Aid or a hug when they were hurt or sick.

Elsie married Bill Johnson of Neosho on Feb. 26, 1972, and he survives.  

She is also survived by her three sons, Jerry Johnson and wife, Donna, Pea Ridge, Ark., Jimmy Johnson, Panama City, Fla., and Mark Johnson and wife, Kelly, Joplin; two sisters, Judy Embrey and husband, Orville, Republic, Mo., and Vicky Goff and husband, Al, Neosho; and four grandchildren. 

Most of all, Elsie loved Jesus and she loved her family.  

Elsie had a tremendous love for and pride in her grandchildren, Elizabeth Ross and husband, TJ, Winter Park, Fla., Benjamin Johnson, Lake Charles, La., Curtis Johnson, Joplin and Preston Johnson, Joplin.  Elsie had a special place in her heart for her niece, Julie Talley of Neosho. Elsie loved and was loved by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, as well as many great-nieces and nephews.  

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Bertha Irene Franklin and Daisy ‘Lorene’ Johnson; and a nephew, Joel Goff.

Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Clark Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Pastor Ken Robinson will officiate. Following the service, the cremains will be interred in the Gibson Cemetery, Neosho.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Elsie may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, c/o Clark Funeral Home, P.O. Box 66, Neosho, 64850.

Services are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.  

Online condolences may be posted at www.clarkfuneralhomes.com.