OBITUARY

Patricia Louise Johnson

November 2, 1932January 20, 2014

"Live your life!"

Patricia Louise Johnson graciously shared those words with those she loved, and that's exactly what Patty did over her 81 years on this earth.

Patty, known as "Lou" to friends and colleagues and "Mama Pat" to those closest to her, died Jan. 20 in Montgomery, Alabama, due to complications from hip replacement surgery.

Born Nov. 2, 1932, Patty met the love of her life, Billie D. Johnson, in 1950 at Colorado State University. Bill, having taken a fraternity pledge initiation vow not to talk to girls, could not resist Patty's charms. He broke that pledge, leading to a loving marriage that lasted 58 years.

Patty joined Bill on a lifelong adventure where Bill's career as a U.S. Navy officer and pilot took them to ports from Virginia to Hawaii.

Patty raised four children through many military deployments. Each continues to embrace her motto to live their lives in their own way. Son Wesley is a journalist, son Daniel is an airline captain, son Matthew is a successful businessman and daughter Jeannie is a respected Realtor.

Patty loved to travel with Bill. Together they visited 45 countries and brought back memories that allowed family and friends to travel right along with them.

However, Patty shared much more than memories. She was a beloved member of Montgomery's Red Hat Society, and a past president of the American Business Women's Association.

Patty also imparted her knowledge of American culture with the wives of international military officers who were on extended stays at Maxwell Air Force Base. She helped many of the international wives learn to speak and write basic English and earned a worldwide following of friends through the cooking classes she put together through the international wives organization at Maxwell AFB.

Since 1994, Patty and Bill also hosted 33 international officer families visiting Maxwell AFB from 10 foreign countries ranging from Sweden to Iraq, Bolivia to Kazakhstan. They learned to appreciate American customs and Alabama culture, thanks to Patty's generous spirit.

Patty was the Johnson family's gentle guiding force. Thanks to her, her grandchildren open doors for women and the elderly, know how to set a proper table, feed birds in the back yard and know to say please and thank you and write thank-you notes.

Patty was a lifelong gardener who passed on her love of plants and all things living to her children and grandchildren. During a recent trip to Hawaii, Patty brought a tiny plumeria plant home to Montgomery. Like all she touched, it thrived under her care and blooms each summer in her back yard.

Mama Pat is survived by her husband Bill, sisters Marianne Pearce and Sylvia Johnson, and brother Eddie Clute; four children, six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Her funeral will be 1 p.m. Friday at Alabama Heritage Funeral Home in Montgomery, with viewing from noon to 1 p.m. A private burial will take place Monday at Barrancas National Cemetery at NAS Pensacola.

In lieu of flowers, It was Patty's wish that generous donations be made to the Montgomery Area Food Bank, www.montgomeryareafoodbank.org.

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Carol Carter

January 27, 2014

Jeannie, you honor your Mother's memory just by being you. Your kind and generous spirit which blesses so many hearts is a tribute to your Mother and her influence in your life. So Sorry for your loss. Our Sincere Condolences, Carol Carter & Marika Dye

Dennis & Paula Savarese

January 27, 2014

Bill and family,
Our hearts are with you today and always through this difficult time. May you always feel Patty's love whatever you do and wherever you go. Faith in God is your strength. Our prayers remain continuous. We are here for you . . . Your Wetumpka Airport Family

Peggy (shuey) Richards

January 25, 2014

My thoughts and prayers are with the family ... may all your wonderful memories sustain you through this ... May Patty rest in peace God Bless her!

Newark Chief Pilots Office United Airlines

January 24, 2014

Our thoughts are with Dan and the entire Johnson family.

Fenina Fink

January 24, 2014

Her footprint on this earth is a BIG ONE. We appreciated her friendship and graciousness at every VP 1 POPs reunion every 2 years. Fritz and I look forward to seeing Bill and Patty.

Thank you Patty for all that you did to make the world a better place for all those you left behind.

Gary & Melanie Spees

January 24, 2014

Patty always had a cheerful and loving spirit. Melanie and I looked forward to being with her at Navy reunions every two years. She will be dearly missed by all.

Jason Mohrman

January 24, 2014

Special thoughts and prayers to Bill Johnson and the entire Johnson family. Positive thoughts from your Auburn Aviation family.

KB & Toby Sherman

January 23, 2014

Patty always made Toby feel welcome at all the reunions even though we married long after VP-1..we will miss her warmth and generosity! Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.

Andrea Heaton

January 23, 2014

Lou, you're zest for life was a mark on our green group. We all miss you and love you dearly. Thank you for being an inspiration to us all. Our thoughts and prayers to your family. Andrea, Sanae, Lin, Emina, Radja, Laura, Kathy, Ophy and Liba

Lynn Weldon

January 23, 2014

Our love, thoughts and prayers are with this gracious family. She truly was and will always be a treasure.