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Anna "Louise" (Rooper) Johnson
November 18, 1938 ~ January 27, 2024 (age 85) 85 Years Old
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The music of heaven will be a little sweeter as Anna "Louise"(Rooper) Johnson, passed to her eternal reward on January 27th, 2024. Louise was a wonderful mother and friend to all who knew herand a special" Mam-Maw" to her grandchildren. Truer words could never describe her journey on this earth other than..."Well done, good and faithful servant...enter thou into the joy of thy Lord"
Louise was a beautiful person both inside and out and it was reflected in her gentle quiet and loving spirit. For over 30 years of her life,Louise served as pianist who brought beautiful music to Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church where she was a member. Louise also helped in Sunday school and Vacation Bible School and with many other church functions and numerous meals over the years. Louise is preceded in death by her parents, Dallas and Esther Rooper, her brothers, Troy and Elmer Rooper, and her husband Gordon Johnson. Surviving are her sister, Geraldine Parks and brother Kenny Rooper (Barb). Her children include Rickie Johnson, (Kim) of Dade City, Florida, Vickie Clark (Steve) of Fuquay-Varina, NC, Tony Johnson (Linda) of Hurricane, and Sherry Williamson (Greg) of Winfield. Also surviving are her grandchildren; Lee Bayliss, Scott Bayliss, Alisha Hughes, and Matthew Williamson. Great grandchildren; Margaret Hughes, AJ Hughes, and Allie Hughes, with many nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends. A special tribute to Carolyn Ferguson who was a dedicated care-giver and friend who fulfilled herpromise to help take care of Louise until the very end of her very long journey with dementia.
The saying, "Behind every successful man, there is an even greater woman" is a phrase that has been used for generations which certainly holds true here. Louise was a shy but beautiful young lady who was elected Miss Hurricane in 1956, so when she needed a convertible for the homecoming parade, Gordon was the only person she knew that owned one. That borrowed first ride continued for 66 years with marriage and family and many friends. Throughout those years, Louise was the hard working but quiet force that steadied Gordon as he built the family business, Johnson's Body Shop (1970-93). Louise was an integral part of operations along with son Rickie,who both worked tirelessly for over 20 years. In addition to helping with the shop, raising a big family, while also maintaining a huge garden, Louise also took a position working at Foodland deli in Scott Depot to help insure a steady income while the business was being established. Louise was always a hard worker and great cook. Working at the delicatessen strengthened her culinary skill set, and she was known for her beautifully decorated cakes and tasty homemade pies, all eatable art. So many guests ate at her table and there was always room for everyone. Other hobbies she enjoyed included woodworking, camping and going to gospel sings. Louisebrought beauty to the world around her in a quiet and unassuming manner and truly lived by Jesus' example by dedicating herself to the service of others in a gentle and loving way. Those who touch our lives, stay in our hearts forever. Louise was a blessing on this earth and will be remembered with loving memory.
Funeral services will be held at Allen Funeral Home in Hurricane, WV on Wednesday 31st at 1 o'clock. The family will greet visitors starting at 11:00 a.m. preceding the service. Burial will follow at Mt.Moriah Missionary Baptist Church in Hurricane. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Mt. Moriah Cemetery Fund care of Randy Garrett, 291 Shortleaf Lane, Hurricane, WV 25526
Additional thank you to several special caregivers of Magnolia Assistive Living in Hurricane, and the excellent services of Hospice.