Elizabeth Price Johnson

June 7, 1932October 3, 2012

Elizabeth Armistead Price Johnson, daughter of the late Robert Black Price, M.D. and Sarah Neal Armistead Price passed away October 3, 2012. She was born June 7, 1932, in Jackson, MS, when her parents, medical missionaries to China, were home on furlough. She went to China at two months of age, returning in August 1941, when the American consulate ordered American women and children home due to imminent war with Japan. Dr. Price was caught in China when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and held until returned as an exchange prisoner on the Swedish repatriation ship, the Gripsholm in September 1942.

Mrs. Johnson attended public schools in Jackson, graduating from Central High School in 1950. She attended Agnes Scott College and graduated from Southwestern at Memphis, where she was a member of Chi Omega Sorority, and graduated in 1954.

She married Hugh Richard Johnson, Jr. of Columbia, MS, December 22, 1956. They shared a love for their church, their family, their friends, and many mutual interests. She was an active member of First Presbyterian Church where she and Dr. Johnson were members of the choir for many years. She was a member of the Junior League of Jackson, Matrons’ Luncheon Club, Elsinore Garden Club, Mississippi Museum of Art, and First Families of Virginia.

Professionally, Mrs. Johnson was an artist and a signature member of National Watercolor Society, Rocky Mountain Watermedia Society, and Mississippi Watercolor Society, among others. She was one of the seven founding members, and first secretary, of the Mississippi Watercolor Society.

Mrs. Johnson is survived by her husband, H. Richard Johnson, Jr., M.D. of Jackson, sons Hugh Richard Johnson III, of Plano, Texas, and Robert Price Johnson and his wife, Vikki Hughes Johnson, of Oxford, MS. She is also survived by grandchildren Anna Prevost Johnson Hoffard and her husband, John Russell Hoffard of Pearland, TX, William Price Johnson and his fiancée Ashley Lauren Rhodes of Houston, TX, Hunter Lee Johnson and Price Richard Johnson, both of Plano, TX, and her great-grandson Evan Chase Hoffard. Also surviving Mrs. Johnson is her sister Sarah Price Wright of Jackson, MS.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Dr. and Mrs. Robert Black Price, an infant brother, Robert Price, Jr. and sisters Beverly Blunt Price, Mary Kate Price Wells, Caroline Price Stockett, and Anne Price Truly.

If desired, memorials may be made to Chamberlain-Hunt Academy or French Camp Academy.

The visitation will be held Thursday Oct. 4,2012 from 5:30-7:00pm at the First Presbyterian Church, Greeting Courtyard, Jackson, MS. Funeral services will be held Friday 11:00am at the church. Burial will be in Parkway Memorial Cemetery. Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


  • Funeral Service Friday, October 5, 2012
  • Visitation Thursday, October 4, 2012

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Heddy-Dale Matthias, MD

October 7, 2012

I was always astonished at Elizabeth's wonderful paintings. I often asked her, "How can such bright, loud, and wild colors come from such a proper Southern lady?" She would laugh in her modest way. The world is diminished by her loss. I will never forget her astonishing heart. Richard, my friend, you are in my prayers.

Jan M, Evers

October 7, 2012

Dick and Family,
I am fortunate to proudly display one of Elizabeth's painting. Her contagious smile and endearing personality will be a special memory. God grant solace to you and your family though the endless days and sleepless nights.
Peace, Jan

Sissy Gomillion

October 6, 2012

Dr Johnson & Family,
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Elizabeth. I just found out and am so sorry I wasn't at the service to pay my respects personally to you all. You will always be like family to me and I will be praying for you.

Ann Bailey

October 5, 2012

We have not been in contact in many years, but I was in the choir at First Pres with Dick and Elizabeth back in the late 80's. First class individuals and good friends. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Johnson family.

Susie Thomsen

October 5, 2012

I always enjoyed seeing Mrs. Johnson when I was in Jackson. She was a kind and friendly person, and I know that the family will miss her greatly. My condolences to all.

Christine Gilbert

October 5, 2012

Elizabeth has a legacy of having many family members who loved the Lord. It is wonderful to know that they are all rejoicing together in Heaven now. I love remembering that she and Dick were neighbors of my parents. I have a vivid memory of Elizabeth's lovely smile when she was a young lady newly married. Praise God she is with Him now!

Amy Coke

October 5, 2012

Dr. Johnson,
I am so sorry for your loss. Mrs. Johnson was always so nice to me. I can't remember ever seeing her without a smile on her face. She will be greatly missed.

Lynn Beck

October 5, 2012

I have one of her paintings that has the verse "He will give his angels charge over thee" and a picture of an angel. Elizabeth was a lovely and gracious woman and "his angels" are watching over her and the Johnson family.

Betty Thompson

October 5, 2012

Dr. Johnson, I came by Hospice Ministries, one day and filed and polished Mrs. Johnson's nails. She wanted pale pink, and I did not have it that day, so she said just put clear on, which is what I did. A couple of days later, I got the color that she wanted and went back by to put very light pink on her nails, but you had carried her home. I only met both of you that one time, but I so admired you for carrying her home, which is what she wanted, and ya'll took care of her there. I just wanted you to know this. God bless you and the family.

Sandy McKellar

October 4, 2012

Elizabeth was one of the kindest, most gracious people I have had the pleasure of meeting. She was such an inspiration. You only have to look at her wonderful artwork displayed in the choir room and at First Pres to know her candle will continue to shine brightly. All will miss you, dear sweet Elizabeth.