Johnsie Lucretia Canady

May 23, 1941January 7, 2021

Johnsie Lucretia Canady passed onto her eternal reward on Thursday, January 7, 2021. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend. She touched the lives of those around her with unconditional love and the ambition to follow their dreams. Most people knew her as Miss Chris.

Chris always wanted a daughter but had three kings, as she called her sons. Her children and grandchildren describe her as a diva who was a sharp dresser with a sweet spirit. Her house was always immaculate and full of music, a best-loved tune being Aretha Franklin’s You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman. When she was younger and living in the Bronx and Lansing, many memories were made through good meals, good music, and good times with family.

There is no doubt that her sons loved and respected their mother. She always made sure her children had a good Christmas and loved them all equally. Her ambition and confidence spilled over to her kids and one of her proudest moments was seeing her oldest son, Richard, become the first to graduate from college. In addition to receiving her high school diploma, she considered her children her biggest accomplishments and encouraged all of them to succeed in their paths in life.

Once the boys grew up and married and had children, Johnsie got her “daughters.” Doing hair and makeup, picking out nail colors, and putting together outfits for church were just a few of the memories she made with the younger ladies in her life. Full of life and love, one granddaughter said her grandma’s smile could light up a room. Chris kept busy cooking and entertaining, playing cards and dancing, and enjoying her church family. When she did slow down, she enjoyed watching soap operas and playing bingo.

She touched the lives of so many people while confined to a wheelchair these last five years. She made so many friends while living in Michigan where she worked at Dean’s Gas Station, Cristo Rey Food Bank, the Health Department, and the Red Cross.

Chris taught her children to be self-sufficient, respectful to others and never to be too proud to say, “I’m sorry.” She was a positive woman who impacted those around her through a prayerful attitude and deep faith in God. She loved going to Righteous Living Ministries Church and worshipping with her church family. She often said, “Amen, Pastor.”

Born May 23, 1941, to Earl and Mildred (Hines) Galbreath, Johnsie is preceded in death by her parents and her former husband, Sanford L. Canady. She is lovingly survived by her sons Richard (Valerie), Kenneth (Janice) and Greg; grandchildren Corey, Chanice (Lawrence), Jasmine, Candace, Kelvin and Chalet; great-grandchildren Nia, Camea, Noriah and Zariah; brother Earl (Norma) Galbreath Jr.; and sister Susan Galbreath; uncle Ollie B (Letta) Hines, aunt Helen Hines Mitchell and host of family and friends.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 12, at the Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, 1730 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing, MI. The family will receive guests Monday, January 11 from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Contributions may be made in Johnsie’s memory to the Cristo Rey Food Bank on High Street.

At every birthday, Johnsie would ask God for 25 more years. This year He denied her request and, although she will be missed dearly by her family, Johnsie would want everyone to know, “Don’t worry, I’ll be alright.”

Online condolences’ can be made at

Recorded video of service at


  • Kelvin Canady
  • Lawrence Terrell
  • Keith Rogers


  • Visitation

    Monday, January 11, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, January 12, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, January 12, 2021


Johnsie Lucretia Canady

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LaVerne Hutchins

January 12, 2021

Ms Chris
You were the one who took care of Kenyaen for the first few months of his life. You were a God send. I will always remember our talks, your laughs. I will remember you and your loving heart
Rest In Peace , Blessings and Light.

Rev. Jan Hite

January 12, 2021

Romans 8:35, 37- 39
Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Ken, Janice and Family,

I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom, a Saint of God. I grieve with you in your suffering and I celebrate with you in "Johnsie"s" gift of eternal life. I pray that each and every one of you finds comfort in the fact that our Lord and Savior has her "room" ready and has also laid out for her, her next purpose in heaven.
May the memories you hold most dear give you strength in the days ahead and may the wisdom she shared with you lighten your journey when your burdens seem heavy.

Remember, this is not "Good-bye," but instead, "see you at the next event God has planned!!!"

I Hold You In My Heart and Prayers,

Rev. Jan Hite
Redeemer Church
Lansing, MI

Linda Bonner

January 12, 2021

Valerie and Richard Our Heartfelt Condolences Go Out To You And Your Family. Sorry For The Loss Of Your Mother. You Are In Our Hearts With Love.

Lionel Hamilton Jr

January 12, 2021

To my fraternity brother Rich ,
My heart is heavy. Sending my heart felt condolences to you and your family. May she rest in peace. GOD Bless.

Lance Williamson

January 12, 2021

To Richard, Kenneth and Gregory,

I felt the loss when I found out about mom’s passing. There was no one like your mom; she was a kind, caring, and generous individual. May her memory live on.

My deepest condolences to you guys and the family.

Lance Williamson and family

Evelyn Evon Hines-Lewis

January 11, 2021

To all of my Cousins!!
"Cretia" as we called her in the South, was a gorgeous, stunning, sharp dressing Woman. She captivated the attention of many. My dear Cousins......"Death brings pain that time can only heal. No words can ease what we truly feel. But with God, her joy is eternally sealed. Cherish the memories that death can't even steal. Lift up a smile, for she is already in paradise!!
Sincere Condolences,
Cousins Evon & D.J. Lewis and family...
Durham, NC


January 11, 2021

If roses grow in Heaven Lord
Please pick a bunch for me,
Place them in my Grandmother's arms
and tell her they're from me.
Tell her that I love and miss her tremendously and when she turns to smile,
Place a kiss upon her cheek
and hold her for a while.
Your grace and elegance was one of a kind
You've brought so much joy and love into my life. The memories I have of you will never fade, I wish we had more time Grandma forever you will be in my heart I love you.

Omega Alston

January 11, 2021

I had daily conversations with Chris, concerning family, food and clothes. She was always interested in my activities, children and family. I will always remember her laugh.
The memory we often laughed about, was when I was four, I forgot to put on an item of clothing under her care. Love you always.Omega

Fred Gordon

January 11, 2021

Brother Canady,

Just wanted you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of bereavement! May God bless you and your family.
Yours in the bond....
Fred and Bessie-SandersGordon

Minnie Hines

January 11, 2021

Richard, Kenneth, Greg and Family - You all have my family's condolence. Your mother is our first cousin, and we love her dearly.
She definitely had a beautiful spirit and kind heart. We love you all!

Minnie Hines
Greensboro, NC