Martha Johnson, age 96, of Brookfield, died Sunday, May 10, 2020, at the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia.
Graveside services will be Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at 11:30 a.m. at Wheeling Cemetery with Pastor Rex Leppin officiating. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 10:00 a.m until 11:00 a.m. at Wright Funeral Home in Brookfield.
Memorials to Shriners Hospital for Children or St. Jude Hospital may be left at or mailed to Wright Funeral Home, P.O. Box 496, Brookfield, MO 64628.
Martha Marguerite (Cooper) Johnson, known to her friends as “DD,” was born October 18, 1923, in Meadville, Missouri to Greenfield “Pete” and Ruth (Belshe) Cooper.
On February 3, 1951, Martha married Glenn Johnson in Chillicothe, Missouri at the Christian Church parsonage. Together they raised one son, Ronnie Cooper.
Along with her husband, Glenn, Martha is survived by her sisters, Evelyn Moner of Brookfield, Dixie Singleton of Moberly, and Lucille Bowyer of Meadville; one granddaughter, Jackie Moore of Osage Beach; and one great-granddaughter, Faith Moore of Osage Beach. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Martha was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Ronnie; her granddaughter, Ronna; one brother, William Franklin; two sisters, Helen Atwood and Louise Muck; and five brothers-in-law, Raymond Bowyer, Michael “Nick” Moner, James Muck, David Atwood, and William “Bill” Singleton.
During her life, Martha held various jobs but the one she especially enjoyed for many years was working for the Chillicothe Girls Training School. She loved animals and she and Glenn owned and operated a kennel together after retirement.
Martha loved people and loved to travel. She and Glenn enjoyed winters in Texas with their 3 dogs and friends, made several trips to Vegas, Branson, California, Bahamas, Minnesota, Kansas City and more. She loved music and loved to sing hymns and gardening. She was an avid reader and never passed up a chance to dance. She had a great sense of humor and always had good stories to share about her early life on the farm with her family and how hard they worked during those years. She always said her dad raised a good crop of daughters and then said that she and all her sisters could outwork any man.
Martha “DD” will be missed greatly by her husband and entire family. During these last several years, she said many times that she was missing her Mom and son, Ronnie, and it was fitting that she left this world on Mother’s Day to be reunited with both of them.
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