Johnson, Vera A.

Vera Alice Johnson, 85, of Clovis died Saturday, June 3, 2006, at Retirement Ranch in Clovis.

Born Oct. 25, 1920, in Bokchito, Okla., to Zephery and Samuel North, she grew up in Ogden, Okla. She was active in the school choir that performed at the Cotton Bowl and the Texas 100-Year Celebration. She married Virgil Woodrow Johnson on July 2, 1938, in Mangum, Okla. They lived for a time in Artesia, Mountainair and Portales before moving to Elida in 1951. She was a member of the Elida Baptist Church, Women’s Missionary Union and the Elida Homemaker’s Club. She later became a member of University Baptist Church in Portales.

Family members said she enjoyed arts and crafts and had crocheted an afghan for each grandchild graduating from high school. She volunteered as a caregiver for the local elderly.

She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Herbert, J.B., Eugene, Everett and Clifton North; three sisters, Ola Birdsong, Verna McDonald and Leta Finch; daughter, Patsy Gail Johnson, who died as an infant; and husband, Virgil W. Johnson, who died in 1980.

Survivors include two sons, Jerry Johnson (and wife, Iris) of Portales and Woody Johnson (Linda) of Derby, Kan.; one daughter, Ann Britton Johnson of Garden City, Kan.; eight grandchildren, Tawnia Gaylor, Shawnia Gruen, Leonard Johnson, Tammy Johnson, Kimberly Nusser, Dr. Brian Johnson, Corey Britton and Kristy Britton; seven great-grandchildren, Erika Waters, Dalton and Cassidy Gruen, Dakota and Conagher Britton, Emilia Robinson and Issiah Nusser; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The Rev. Steve Smith will officiate services.

Burial will take place in Portales Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.