November 10, 1924 – May 5, 2019
On May 5th, 2019 at 5:30 A.M., the Lord Christ Jesus carried 94 year old Shirley Jean Johns to be in His loving arms for eternity. Shirley was born November 10, 1924, to Erlo and Elsie (Van Horn) Lane in Bayard, Nebraska. She was a graduate of Scottsbluff High School 1941, and became the wife of Marvin Johns for the next 75 years, becoming a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and foster mother. Her heart was dedicated to the Lord, her family, friends, foster children, and a life-long member of the First Baptist Church of Scottsbluff. Shirley taught Sunday School from the age of 10 until her passing at the age of 94 and was involved in the local, state, and national level of her church. She and her husband, in the early years of their marriage, farmed south of Melbeta, and then moved to the Lake Alice community operating a small dairy business and farmed 350 acres. In 1963 they sold the farm and dairy business and moved into town where she was employed by Renzleman’s House of Music and Fisher Roofing Company. Marvin and Shirley managed the Western Auto Store for a number of years and established the See and Say Preschools in Gering, Eugene, Oregon, and the Super Kids Preschool in Scottsbluff. Shirley was also well-known for exercising the notable gift of her hands in crafts, sewing, and an in-home quilting business to date. Shirley is preceded to Heaven by her twin grandsons, Kevin Franklin and Eric Jay Boley, her parents, step-father Dwight Ewing, two sons-in-law, Gary Shipley and Shad Houston, and her two sisters Harriet Potts and Donna Spence. She is survived by her husband Marvin, three children - Marcia Shipley (CO) , Marlane Houston (GA), Stan Johns and his fiance Michelle (OR), four grand-children - Jane (Bruce) Stavem (WA), ReAnn Ring (GA), Jacen (Mary) Johns (OR), Brandon Johns (Heather) (OR), and Boyd Shipley (NV); and great -grandchildren - Jacob and Gabrielle Johns (OR), Brennan and Austin Stavem (WA), and many nieces and nephews. The Life Celebration Service will be held at First Baptist Church Scottsbluff, Monday, May 13th, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Gary Cole officiating. A memorial has been established at the church. Online condolences may be left at www.dugankramer.com. Shirley was and still is deeply cherished and appreciated by her family, who are so proud of the stellar walk she had with the Lord. She was highly regarded by numerous friends in the church and local community. The respect for her is best summed up by her close friends and neighbors, Ken and Eilene Gier stating about Shirley, “She was a Mary—always asking, a Martha—always serving, a Lydia—a seller of purple and always working. She loved family, friends, and the church, and most of all proclaimed the Love of the Lord, always ready to share Jesus. She was always ready to help someone.” Proverbs 22:1, “A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.”
- ReAnn Ring, Honorary Bearer
- Jacen Johns, Honorary Bearer
- Brandon Johns, Honorary Bearer
- Jane Stavem, Honorary Bearer
- First Baptist Church
- Celebration of LIfe Monday, May 13, 2019
May 11, 2019
To the dear family of Shirley Johns,
Shirley was magnificent, delightful, dedicated, lovely, gifted, gracious - a lady who walked wholeheartedly in the steps of her Savior. It has been my great privilege to know her, and to be the recipient of some of her quilting knowledge and gifts. She was a great encourager!
May you, her family, who indeed rise up and call her "blessed," be comforted by the God of all comfort as you grieve your loss and rejoice in her gain. Bless your hearts!
With love and great sympathy,
Ellen Anne (Baker) Ritchey
May 9, 2019
My condolences to all the family, but especially to Marcia: I'll always remember my introduction to playing music with other musicians including you, your mother, my dad Keith Ford, Randy Meisner and others at your home in Lake Alice. Your mother was very patient to put up with the likes of me! May God bless you all.
May 7, 2019
I have many fond memories of Shirley teaching me some of the basics of quilting. When I bought a long arm machine a few years later I picked her brain many times to help me trouble shoot whatever problem I had encountered. She was always so willing to help me learn. I know many of us who sewed with her will miss her greatly.