Beryl Eileen Johnson
September 29, 1939 – April 2, 2021
Beryl Eileen (Stacey) Johnson, 81, of Phoenix, Arizona, went home to a higher plane on Friday, April 2nd, 2021 - with her beloved daughter by her side. Beryl was born in Broughton Astley, a village in the Harborough district of Leicestershire, England, to Lottie (Arnold) and Leonard Stacey - the youngest of their three children.
Beryl met and married the love of her life, Chris, while he was stationed with the United States Air Force near her village. Chris won her over with his “Yankee” charm and heart of gold (and her father with a pack of American cigarettes, or so the story goes), and they began their lifelong journey as a military family. Beryl absolutely loved when her husband was reassigned, as she looked forward to each new adventure and every magical destination around the globe. Together on their travels, they had four beautiful children, each born during a different experience while Chris was still actively serving.
Having seen all there was to see, Beryl and Chris settled in Phoenix, Arizona to retire from that life. It was there that Beryl really got to enjoy all the exquisite things she collected from lots of different countries all over the world, and she somehow always knew exactly where to get more. She was also fond of needlepoint and cross stitch, which she often gave as gifts to her family and friends. She had an enthusiasm for flowers and gardening - growing irises, roses, wild flowers, and even some vegetables in her garden but her favorite flowers were pink carnations. Beryl greatly loved to listen to music and if you turned on her favorites, you can bet you would see her start dancing and singing around the house.
Beryl was a very kind and soft spoken person who never raised her voice, but her words were always invaluable. Beryl’s purpose and passion for living was devoting herself to her family, especially her children and grandchildren, who captured her whole heart. Her love was unconditional, no matter what you did, you knew you could always come home to her. Beryl was full of life and strength, she showed you how anything was possible with the right people behind you.
She will be remembered for her smile, compassion, sharp wit, and keen eye - but most of all, her ability to bring people together regardless of race, class, or circumstance. A house is not four walls and a door, but “wherever your people are”, and no one made that more evident than Beryl. There were no strangers in her home, only family.
Beryl leaves behind her children, Kevin, Mike (Sandy), JoAnne (Mike); grandchildren, Joshua (Lindsay), Nicole (Ted), Charlotte, Michael, Steven (Sarah), Phillip (Kaitlyn), Lorelei (Ian); great grandchildren, Theodore, Christian, Angel, Elexis, Kyler, Arian, Alexandra, Cole, Audree, Liara and Kaelynn; brother, John and her best friend for over 60 years, Margaret.
Beryl is preceded by her true love Chris; her mother and father Lottie and Leonard Stacey; her son Bruce; sister Joan; and aunt Marta.
The service for Beryl will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at noon at Chapel of the Chimes Mortuary in the Harmony Venue. You will have an opportunity to share a story or a memory of Beryl so the family would like to invite you to think of something to say.
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Chapel of the Chimes Mortuary
Beryl Eileen Johnson
Bart & Linda Greene
April 11, 2021
Dear Michael, JoAnne, & Kevin,
We pray that the Lord Jesus will wrap his arms around you and comfort you as only He can in this time of your loss.
Linda & I will miss Aunt Beryl! It was always a comfort & a blessing to be able to call and talk to Aunt Beryl while we were traveling on the road. I was always amazed at how sharp and responsive Aunt Beryl was until recently no matter what subject we were talking about.
Linda and I remember the times Uncle Cris & Aunt Beryl came to visit us back east and what special times and memories they were! Also I remember when you guys came to visit us when we were younger and the fun times we had out playing together jumping off muddy banks, or splashing through the creek, or out in the woods! I am sure that Uncle Cris & Aunt Beryl & Dad & Mama wondered sometimes what we were going to get into next :)
We were able to stop by a couple of times in Phoenix while we were on the road and we cherished those visits. Each time we left refreshed and feeling blessed to have been able to see Aunt Beryl and Uncle Cris.
Each of you are in our hearts and prayers and may you feel strength as you cherish those memories that your Dad & Mom left you with and we pray that you will draw strength from those experiences together and the moments the Lord God blessed you with!
With deep love,
Bart & Linda
Melisa Greene Woodie
April 9, 2021
Joanne, Kevin and Michael,
I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. I will always remember when Aunt Marta (my mom), Susanne and I visited your mom and dad in Phoenix. They rolled out the red carpet the entire time we were there. Your mom cooked the most fabulous meals and my favorite was her pizza casserole. We were always excited when they visited us in NC. It meant extra liver mush for your dad to enjoy and a trip to Biltmore House in Asheville for your mom to enjoy the flowers. Aunt Beryl always picked up a special piece of China while there. I always admired Aunt Beryls wit and loved her beautiful blue eyes. May you feel the peace and comfort from God now and in the days to come. Lots of love, Melisa (cousin from NC)
April 9, 2021
Aunt Beryl was a lovely lady, and her nieces and nephews will certainly miss her gentle ways, her soft smile, and the twinkle in her eyes. We use to ride with her, and Uncle Cris, because shel loved to listen to happy music, and bee bopped up in the front seat, to take her mind off of Uncle Cris ‘. Wild Driving !!!
We send our love, sincere sympathy, and hugs to you, our dear family. We pray that the Lord Jesus Christ will wrap his arms of love around you, and give you Peace and Comfort.
Larry, and Melanie, Jason, Laura, Olivia, Lydia Ashley, Nolan, Marta, Justin, and Kara Brooks
Vilas, North Carolina
April 9, 2021
Dear Family, my deepest sympathy in the loss of your mom. I have so many wonderful memories of Aunt Beryl. One of the first memories was when your family came to Deep Gap for a visit. We were having corn on the cob as part of our meal. Your mom thought that was the strangest thing she had ever heard of...she told us that corn on the cob was for feeding animals! I loved her mischievous sense of humor. I can still see the look on Sebron's face when she gave him a tequila lollipop with a worm in the center as we departed the Phoenix airport. He was in middle school and thought it was the best gift ever. Aunt Beryl was an excellent cook. My mom thought she had spoiled your dad to the point that he was a picky eater...which all of us Greene girls thought was funny since our mom was a picky eater! May many lovely memories of your mom warm your hearts at this time of loss. We love all of you so much! You are in our hearts and prayers, Angela