Services

Memorial Service

Sat. Mar. 27, 2021
11:00 am

Acton United Methodist Church

3433 Fall Creek Hwy
Granbury , TX 76049.
Sat. Mar. 27, 2021
11:00 am
Acton United Methodist Church
3433 Fall Creek Hwy
Granbury , TX 76049.
In Memory of
Norma Jean Johnson
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Norma Jean Johnson of Missouri City, Texas passed away on March 10, 2021 after a courageous journey with Alzheimer’s Disease. 

Norma Jean was born on November 5, 1937 in Beaumont, Texas, the oldest of the four beautiful and vivacious Bertrand sisters. She graduated from French High School in Beaumont where she was involved in multiple activities, including serving as Editor of the yearbook her senior year. She met the love of her life, Darwyn, when she was only 14 and they married immediately after she graduated from high school in 1955. Darwyn and Norma Jean inspired everyone with their lifetime love up until and far beyond his death in December of 2013. Norma Jean is the beloved mother of three children, Kathy, Mike and Steve and the equally beloved “Mimi” of five grandchildren: Alexandra, Brooke, Jake, Max and Quintin.

Norma Jean brightened every room she entered with her warmth, kindness, spunk, style and infectious smile. Throughout her life, she embodied the qualities of servant leadership whether in her many, many volunteer roles or through paid employment. As her children were growing up in Arlington, Texas, she served in multiple volunteer roles including Scout leader, PTA leadership, Program Chairman and President of Arlington Preschool Association, Junior Woman’s Club and Woman’s Club. Whether driving the Red Cross Bus for those in need, or answering phones for the Suicide Hotline at Arlington Hospital, Norma Jean modeled the beauty and responsibility of service for her family and friends. Norma Jean also loved fashion and worked the Dallas Apparel Market for 12 years as a salesperson and model. Eventually, Toyo Cotton Co., a subsidiary of a large Japanese company, discovered Norma Jean’s multiple talents and she worked as the Assistant to three Presidents. One of her favorite stories from her time at Toyo Cotton was arranging recitals for the violin protégé daughter of one of the presidents, a talented student of virtuoso Ipzak Perlman. 

Once the children were grown, Darwyn and Norma Jean took the opportunity to take temporary assignments in California, Georgia and Alabama while still maintaining a home-base in Texas. Wherever they landed and for whatever time they were there, Norma Jean found a way to get involved in her community. In 1994, they moved to Pecan Plantation in Granbury, Texas and built their dream home on the 9th tee box. After settling in their new home, Norma Jean found ways to contribute including multiple committee assignments at Pecan Plantation, including 3 years as Chairperson of the House Committee. In Granbury, they also got involved at Acton United Methodist Church where, once again, Norma Jean found multiple ways to serve and live out her deep faith in God including Administrative Council, Evangelism Team, hosting bible studies, Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, and Stephen Ministry. Norma Jean was particularly honored when she was asked to train for and serve as a Stephen Leader. She said that working with Meals on Wheels, Habitat for Humanity and Stephen Ministry were the most rewarding experiences of public service she ever had.

Beyond her impressive resume of service, Norma Jean was known and loved for her gifts as the consummate hostess. Norma Jean LOVED a party! And with Norma Jean, any day might turn into the opportunity for entertaining people in her home. If you entered the Johnson home, you knew you better accept her offer of something “cold to drink” or she would never quit asking. And you also needed to be willing to have your picture taken! Many, many friends made the annual Christmas Eve Open House at the Johnson home a yearly tradition. All were welcome and Norma Jean had a way of making every person who walked through the doors feel like an honored VIP guest. For decades, the Johnson home served as a beautiful respite of warmth and hospitality for all who wandered through and received the gift of Norma Jean’s genuine love and care.

Her grandchildren always looked forward to their annual visits to Granbury because their Mimi made everything fun! Annual trips to Fossil Rim, rides in the golf cart, trips to the Pecan Plantation pool (and snack bar) were always on the agenda. A highlight of summer memories was the annual lemonade stand where Norma Jean would stop all the golfers as they approached the ninth tee box and demand they purchase homemade peanut butter cookies and lemonade from her obviously extraordinary grandchildren. If they didn’t stop and empty their pockets, she would flag them down and make them come back. And because Norma Jean was universally loved and could sweet talk almost anyone into almost anything, the annual lemonade stand generally turned quite a profit for the young entrepreneurs.

Norma Jean inspired her friends and family with her deep faith in God and her positive, upbeat attitude, even in the face of the last few difficult years. She often told people how blessed she was; and how grateful she was for the life she lived, for her beloved Darwyn, for her family and her friends, and for her Lord Jesus Christ. Norma Jean never missed the opportunity to tell someone she loved them, to smile at a stranger, or to hug someone who was hurting. Norma Jean leaves behind her daughter Kathy Johnson and grandson Quintin Felton, her son Mike Johnson, daughter-in-law Jane Johnson, and grandsons Jake and Max Johnson, and her son Steve Johnson, daughter-in-law Kelly Johnson and granddaughters, Alexandra and Brooke Johnson. She also leaves behind her sister DeeAnn Pate and beloved nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband of 57 years Darwyn Johnson and her two sisters Patricia and Sandy.

A Celebration of Life will be held for Norma Jean at Acton United Methodist Church in Granbury, Texas on March 27, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. For those in attendance, feel free to wear something white in celebration of our fashionable Norma Jean’s love of white clothing. In lieu of flowers, the family would be honored by donations to the Alzheimer’s Association in Norma Jean’s memory. 
 

Charitable Donations may be made to:

Alzheimer's Association
Alzheimer's Association National Office, Chicago, IL 60601. Website Link

Tributes

Message from
Rama Harris
Mon, 04/12/2021

All things written in Norma Jean’s obituary are true. She was warm, welcoming, vivacious, lovely and giving. Unforgettable once you met her.