Wilma D Johnson

August 5, 1933June 30, 2019

Wilma Dean Johnson, 86, of Bryant, Arkansas, passed away June 30, 2019. She was born August 5, 1933 in Beebe, Arkansas, to Charles and Velma “Holder” Gatrell. Although Wilma is now absent from the body, she is “present with the Lord”. Wilma was a beautiful, amazing, unique person, mother, sister, wife, and daughter. She was Valedictorian and graduate of Central High. Although Mom was intelligent enough to have any career in life, she chose to marry the “LOVE of her life”, Howard E. Johnson in 1951. She supported my Dad, in his career as a “Chief Engineer” at Colonial Bakery for 40 years and lovingly raised two children; Tami and Jaci. She was a very special child of God who taught the Word of God, absorbed history like a sponge, was an excellent seamstress, outstanding cook, and could grow flowers like nobody’s business. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Howard E. Johnson; and sister, Madeline and brother, Mariam Gatrell. She is survived by two daughters, Jacqueline Daniel (Jerry) of Roland, AR, and Tami Johnson of Little Rock, AR; and one brother, Charles Gatrell Jr. of AR. The family would like to thank Tami (sister) and Jerry (husband), neighbors; (Patsy, Dan, Glenn, Brenda, and Keith), Arkansas Hospice Staff; (Julie, Brenda, Glenda, Sarah, Shone, Pat, Haley, Carly, Debbie, Cheryl, Lori, Kendal, Laura, Dr. Smith, Dr. Devan, and Lucy) for making it possible to provide the care Mom needed. A private family service will be held in her name at a later date.


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Jaci Daniel

July 3, 2019

My Mom loved ❤️ to get her hair done, it made her feel better. This was our thing. We eventually made this “spa time”.

Before washing and styling Mom’s hair, I would clean her face, apply moisturizer and her favorite body powder (White Diamonds by Elizabeth Taylor), to her neck and shoulders. I soon realized the longer it took me to finish her facial treatment, the longer she could enjoy relaxing. Watching my Mother’s tension fade from her lovely face....was PRICELESS!!

Karyn Wilson

July 2, 2019

I’m so very sorry for your loss. I know the heartache. She was good to me. She was a friend to me. My favorite memory of her was of her driving all around the school with kids in her little white car looking for me to see if I needed a ride home. And y’all may not know this but she was the one who put together a neighborhood wedding shower for me. I still have the card she gave me. I treasure it. Karyn Wilson.