Memorial Funeral Home, Crematory & Memorial Park Cemetery/Columbia
1217 Business Loop 70 W, Columbia, MO
Helenia Marie Johnson
April 9, 1931 – February 20, 2020
Helenia Marie Johnson, 88, of Columbia, passed away on Thursday, February 20, 2020, at her home in Columbia.
She was born in Englewood, Missouri, on April 9, 1931, to Loyd Earl Estes and Annabelle Moreau Estes. Helenia graduated from Hickman High School class of 1949. She married Clayton Johnson on October 13, 1951.
Helenia had a career as a surgical aide for 18 years at Regional Hospital. She was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars (Ladies Auxiliary) and Disabled American Veterans. She deeply enjoyed reading and working challenging jigsaw puzzles.
She is survived by her sister, Kay Tennyson of Columbia; nephew, Bill (Dale) Tennyson; niece, Tracy Simms; niece, Dana Tennyson; great nieces and nephews: Brandon Carter (and Marly), Ashlee Carter (and Dakota), Kayla Carter (and Brandon), Taylor Krohn (and Jeffery), and several more nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews. Helenia was preceded in death by her parents, husband Clayton Johnson, brothers Lonnie and Francis Estes, sister-in-law Sonnie Estes, and brother-in-law Billy Tennyson.
Commonly referred to as “Aunt Ree”, she played a central role in her big family. Though she had no children of her own, she became a mother figure and played an important supportive role to all of her nieces and nephews. Helenia was most known for her warmth, kindness, and infectious smile. She will be dearly missed and forever cherished by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.
Funeral services will be held at Memorial Chapel on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. Visitation is at 10:00 a.m. with the funeral following at 11, and the burial will be held at 12. It was Helenia’s wishes that memorial donations be directed to the American Cancer Society.
- American Cancer Society
- Visitation Tuesday, February 25, 2020
- Funeral Service Tuesday, February 25, 2020