Obituary: Janell H. Johnson

November 15, 2019
By Marcy Shortuse

Janell H. Johnson, formally of Boca Grande, Florida, passed away to her heavenly home on November 11, 2019.
She was born October 29, 1926, in Arcadia, to Theodore and Hessie Mae Hargis.
Although born in Arcadia, Janell’s family moved to Boca Grande when she was six years old and suffered the devastating loss of her mother at the age of 11. She was baptized and joined the Boca Grande Baptist church in 1939 at the age of 12. Her mother had taught her the gift of tithing, of which she never wavered. She loved that little church and loved and appreciated Pastor Beatty’s visits even into her last days.
Janell graduated from Boca Grande High School and attended College in Massachusetts through the generosity of Louise du Pont Crowninshield, who supported the education of the “Island children.” For that, she was always grateful.
Janell married Kingsmore “Bumps” Johnson in 1946 at the United Methodist Church in Boca Grande, where she through the years served as Sunday School teacher, Bible School coordinator, Superintendent, and choir leader.
She worked with the Seaboard Coastline, Boca Grande Pilots, and The Seale Family in later years. With best friend Connie Seale she traveled to Israel- a journey she cherished.
A dedicated and loving wife and mother, Janell is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Captain Johnny and Shirley Johnson of Boca Grande; Daughter and son-in-law Janell (Jan) and Jeff Carter; Granddaughter Shannon (Murray) Depenbrock; Grandsons Keith (Carrie) and Joshua Karl Johnson; Great-Grandchildren Hannah and Megan Depenbrock and Oliver Kaleel- Johnson; Sister Beverly Fleming and many nieces and nephews, as well as the many whose lives she touched by her sweet, loving, gentle, soft spoken, humble and Christian ways.
She was preceded in death by her husband of sixty-three years Captain Kingsmore Johnson; daughter and son-in-law Sandra and Dan Morningstar; Grandson Randy Howard and siblings Glen and Terry Hargis, and sister Theodora Bembry.
Janell’s life was full of family, volunteering, missionary work, prayer groups, as well as adventures. She was the ultimate mother, wife, sister, aunt, and friend. She will be missed greatly.
The celebration of life will be held on Friday, November 15, 2019, at 12 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Boca Grande, Florida.