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Johanna Flynn Horton

December 17, 1947March 14, 2020

On Saturday, March 14, 2020, Johanna Flynn Horton, loving wife, mother, and "Hanna" passed away at the age of 72.

Johanna was born December 17, 1947 in Decatur, AL to Joseph "Joe" and Dorothy "Dot" Flynn. She graduated from Decatur High School and went on to The University of Montevallo where she received a degree in Education and Counseling in 1970. Johanna had a passion for teaching and touched many lives through the years. She started her teaching at Gordon Bibb Elementary and went on to teach at Tennessee Valley High School for 7 years. In 1981 she would take a job at St. Anns where she would spend 23 years teaching and 7 as principal inspiring children and teachers alike. After retiring, she continued touching young lives through YES classes at her church and taking care of her grandchildren. Johanna loved the Lord and her devotion to Him allowed her to inspire others and always see the good in them. She blessed many lives with her generosity and compassion and will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Don L. Horton, daughter, Amy H. Counts, sons, Lamar(Andrea) Horton, Eric(Jada) Horton; grandchildren, Abigail and Olivia Counts, Victoria Horton, Bayley, Amblin, Mary Jane, Marley, and Jaxon Horton, Caleigh Duncan, Zoe and Heidi White; sister Pat Hill(John); brother Michael Flynn(Jennifer).

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the St. Ann's Catholic School Education Foundation.



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Jim Boike

March 31, 2020

I met Johanna in the second grade at St. Ann's School and we were friends through high school (DHS '66). She was a lovely woman and I enjoyed her friendship during our childhood years.

My condolences to her family, former students and many friends.

Jim Boike

Luke Chenault

March 25, 2020

Mrs. Horton was my fifth grade school teacher at St. Ann's in 1997-1998. She was a very kind lady and one of my favorite teachers.
Thank you Mrs. Horton for all your kindness and patience.

May perpetual light shine upon your soul and rest in peace.

Larry Wiseheart

March 23, 2020

I'm sure all will miss you. God Bless you and your family.
Larry A. Wiseheart

Connie O'Donnell Myers

March 19, 2020

A small, but close group of friends shared four years at the University of Montevallo from 1966-70. Though we had lost touch over the lifetime since then, the memories of the time remain vividly in our hearts and souls. We will meet again some day and make new memories.

Rest in peace, Dear Friend. Love and hugs.

Connie O'Donnell Myers
Chelsea, AL

Ben Callahan

March 19, 2020

Where do I even begin?

Ms. Horton was such an amazing woman. She taught me so much, not just academically, but as a person. She was my 5th Grade Teacher from 2004 - 2005. I remember being really mad about something, and she just calmly listened to me, and finally put her hand on mine and said; “Ben, I know you’re mad, I would be too. But when you’re grasping a hot coal and hoping to burn whoever hurt you, they’re getting the last laugh.” I still say that to this day. There were a very many number of other things. I can’t imagine how lucky her grandchildren must be to have her grandmotherly advice.

If you were in her class, you were gonna have fun. Not only did she keep THIRTY OF US in line (most of the time. Sorry Ms. Horton!) she made sure all of us felt valued, loved, and safe. Even during a lockdown, she was calm, let all of us know it was going to be ok and never let on that she was nervous.

I’ll carry her life lessons with me for the rest of my life. She was loved by a very many number of people, and it’s very easy to see why. She will be missed very much.

Thank you for everything, Ms. Horton. We love you!

Nichole English (Bumbarger

March 18, 2020

As a principal you knew she really cared but she was strict. When she started teaching fith grade you really saw her passion and love for what she did just beam from her, in her smile and the way she spoke about her kids, and you could almost feel it coming from her classroom. We were blessed to have her.

Lisa Rusczyk Hazard

March 18, 2020

Johanna, Mrs. Horton, was my all time favorite teacher, and when I was in my twenties, we sometimes talked about metaphysical and spiritual books, experiences and theories. I remember we both loved The Celestine Prophecy when it was popular and tried the techniques. It was a lot of fun, and she helped me not only as a tween learning the school stuff and how to be a person (not quite a kid, nor a teen), but with getting my mind off of depression in my early twenties.

A fun memory to go along with the picture of Mary here...

When St. Ann’s renovated, Mrs. Horton knew I loved the statues all throughout the school. They were going to be taken away, and she told me to take the Mary statue in the picture. My mom, also a teacher and great friends with Johanna, said, “Absolutely not!”

I took Mary back to Mrs. Horton and told her mom said no, and she took me aside, whispered, “Sneak her in the trunk.”

Once home, Mom let me keep her.

Mom found Mary a few years ago in my closet at their home, and now she blesses our house.

Love you, Horton family. If I can help, let me know. ❤️

Toby Joseph

March 18, 2020

Johanna and I go back to the 50's where we attended St Ann's School on Johnston Street. Nuns taught school at that time and it was not an option to have your homework completed! The ruler smack to the hand was also in affect. YOU DID LEARN!
The priest gave out the report cards, scary ! Even though it was tougher, we were ahead of public schools when we left St Ann's.
Johanna took it from there and was known as one of the best teachers to have. She will be missed by many!

Claire Rusczyk

March 18, 2020

Your family is definitely in my thoughts and prayers. What a loss to all who knew and loved Johanna but especially for you, her family, who she loved so much. I have so many wonderful memories of Johanna it could fill a book. There were countless times she gave me a shoulder to cry on and I always knew if I needed a friend she would be there for me. She was a wonderful teacher to my children at Saint Ann's and Confirmation classes. She always gave her all. I loved working with her and for her every day. The thing I will always remember about her is her sense of humor. No matter what was going on in our lives by the time we finished talking we would both be laughing. She was truly one of a kind. I'm having a hard time facing a world without Johanna in it but I know it was one of the great blessings of my life that I had her for a friend for all these years.

Richard Rusczyk

March 18, 2020

I met Johanna when Claire started teaching at St. Ann. Johanna was fun to work with because she had such a sharp but subtle wit. The "two Bills" and I did much of the maintenance on the old school for her but it never felt like work because she made us feel like we were special members of her fold. She had a very good understanding of the Education Foundation and she knew how to use it to help her school by using her great gift; "friendly persuasion", to get us to the point where we could never say 'no'. She oversaw our first renovation of the schoolyard playground, ensuring that we designed it from a child's perspective, not from an adult's perspective. It was fitting that Don put the finishing touch on it. Thank you, God, for sharing Johanna with us. I'm sure that You are holding a special copy of Atlas Shrugged up there for her.