Jan 23, 2020 11:11 PM

Julia L. Johnson 1934 - 2020

Posted Jan 23, 2020 11:11 PM

Julia L. Johnson, 85, of Savannah, Missouri, died Tuesday, January 21, 2020.   Julia was born on July 27, 1934 in DeKalb County, Missouri to the late Harold and Julia (Dunham) Julian. 

Julia married Eugene "Gene" D. Johnson on April 12, 1953.  He passed away on September 26, 2019.  They celebrated 66 years of marriage. 

She worked for the Savannah R-3 School District at the Amazonia elementary school as a secretary.  She also was a secretary for many years at the Whitesville Baptist Church. 

Julia was a member of the Whitesville Baptist Church and a volunteer at the St. Joseph Baptist Association.  She was a wonderful gardener and loved to read.  She enjoyed cooking and her family loved her homemade Christmas candy.  She loved to spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Survivors :  daughter Michele Keul; son Michael Johnson (Melinda); five grandchildren, Kurt (Darcy), Kelly (Tim), Ashley (Donnie), Keith (Cortney), Christopher (Brittany); eight great-grandchildren; siblings Frank Julian, Linda Stafford, Betty Ussary (Jim) and Dorothy Julian; nieces; sister-in-law Marie Johnson; other relatives and friends. 

In addition to her parents and husband, Julia was preceded in death by siblings Kathy Reynolds, Mary Sutton and Jan Gomen. 

Memorial Visitation:  1:00-3:00 PM, Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel in St. Joseph.

Memorial Service Celebrating Julia's Life:  2:00 PM, Sunday, January 26, 2020 at our chapel. 

The family suggests memorials to the Whitesville Baptist Church or the Andrew County Food Pantry. 

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Portia Kay Cortner  1946 - 2020

Portia Kay Cortner 73, of Saint Joseph, MO passed away Monday, January 20, 2020 at Mosaic Life Care Hospital unexpectedly after a brief illness.

She was born January 31, 1946 in St. Joseph, MO, daughter of the late Weldon and Audrey Cortner. She graduated from Lafayette High School. On October 10, 1965 she married Larry Waller, they divorced in 2001. Kay worked as an Accounts Payable Clerk. She enjoyed traveling, bowling, dancing, spending time with her grandchildren and a devoted mom. Kay also was a Girl Scout Leader, Hospice Volunteer, Dream Factory Volunteer and CASA Court Appointed Special Advocate. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church.

Kay was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Larry, Gerry and Haldane Cortner, two sisters, Ramona Downing, and Pamela Bushong.

Survivors include three daughters, Stacy (Raymond) Gritz, Kansas City, MO, Christina (Christian) Willingham, Platte City, MO, and Angie (Jason) Lenz, Saint Joseph, MO, two sisters, Guelda Bryan, Dalzell, SC, and Sue Atkinson of St. Joseph, five grandchildren: Larry Earhart, Quentin & Claire Lenz, Andrew & Thomas Willingham, and a great-grandson, Remington Earhart.

A Rosary will be recited at 9:00 a.m. Friday, with visitation at 9:15, and the Mass of Commemoration will be celebrated on Friday at 10:00 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church. Father Jonathan Davis Celebrant. Inurnment at a later date at the Sparta Cemetery . Memorials are requested to the Friends of the 5th Circuit, CASA Program, 411 Jules, BO-3, St. Joseph, MO 64501. Online condolence and obituary at www.ruppfuneral.com

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