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Ruth Mae Bacon Johnson

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Published: December 6, 2012

Ruth Mae Bacon Johnson of Little Rock completed her 98 year journey on this earth in Raytown, Missouri, November 30, 2012, passing away peacefully to join those who departed before her in their heavenly home. Born on March 3, 1914, she graduated from Langston University in Langston, Oklahoma, receiving a teaching certificate; Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas, receiving a B.A. degree in Elementary Education; and the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas, receiving a M.A. degree in Special Education. She served as a teacher in the Little Rock School District and for the state at the Arkansas School for the Deaf.

Ruth Johnson's greatest work came with serving her Lord and family. She was very active in the United Methodist Church and was a dedicated member of the United Methodist Women. Ruth Johnson's life's efforts reflected her concern for the community in which she lived during a difficult social era in American history. Her legacy lives on in the hearts of those who witnessed her compassion, commitment, and selfless ways.

She is survived by her daughters, Marsha Johnson, Louisville, Kentucky; Maud Thomas (Rupert), Raytown, Missouri; Bettye Johnson (M.W. Shabazz), Little Rock, Arkansas; and Edna Johnson, Ph.D., Alexandria, Virginia; grandsons, Rapheal Johnson, Denver, Colorado; Rupert Thomas Jr., Emmanuel Thomas, and Lowell Thomas, Raytown, Missouri; sister, Mozelle Goosby, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii; and nephews, Waymon Goosby, Los Angeles, California; and Stanley Goosby, Honolulu, Hawaii. She was preceded in death by her parents, Hezekiah Bacon and Maude Lovie Bacon Taylor; husband, Emanuel M. Johnson; daughter, Emily Ruth Johnson Bunting; grandsons, William Earl Bunting and Eric LaMont Bunting; and niece, Sandra Goosby Bonner.

A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, December 8, 2012, 11 a.m. at White Memorial United Methodist Church, 2801 Wolfe Street, Little Rock, Ark. 72206. Visitation will be held Friday, December 7, 2012, at the church, 6-7 p.m. Interment at Rest in Peace Memorial Gardens, Hensley, Arkansas. Arrangements entrusted to Watkins Heritage Funeral Chapel in Kansas City, Missouri, and locally to Walton GateWay Funeral Chapel, Inc., 2405 South Gaines Street, LR, Ark. 72206, (501) 376-7188.

In lieu of flowers, please, consider making a donation in her memory to the United Methodist Women, White Memorial United Methodist Church, 2801 Wolfe Street, Little Rock, Ark. 72206.

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