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Coble Ward-Smith Funeral & Cremation Service

3915 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, NC

OBITUARY

Gladys R. Johnson

August 20, 1934October 3, 2019
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Gladys R. Johnson, 85 of Wilmington, beloved wife, mother and grandmother went to be with her heavenly Father on Thursday, October 3, 2019 after a lengthy illness.

She was born in Warren, Ohio to Harold Spencer Colbrunn and Ruby Colbrunn Barr. After graduating from High School she moved to California where she met her husband of 65 years, Robert Z. Johnson, Jr. They moved to Wilmington in 1970 and raised their children.

She was employed at several manufacturing plants; Singer, Kaiser and Siemens before retiring and working as a cashier at Food Folk in Castle Hayne until she was unable work anymore. She was a member of Myrtle Grove Presbyterian Church for many years. She loved singing in the choir and volunteering in the church wherever she was needed. She was an avid bowler and Bowling Association Officer and participated in National Tournaments with her teams. Gladys loved reading, crocheting, doing word puzzles and sewing. She was always on the go and stayed busy working on something new and creative. She also loved being with her family as often as possible.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Harry Colbrunn and sister Olive Sublette, both of Arizona.

She is survived by her two sisters: Jean Logue (California) and Ruth Tupper (Arizona), her husband Robert Z. Johnson Jr., and four children: Ann Mason (Edward) of Wilmington, Joanne Stephens (Eddie) of Leland, Robert B. Johnson (Becky) of Jackson Springs, and Nancy Teague (Derek) of Gastonia. Her grandchildren include: TSgt Sally Mason (USAF), Bill Mason, Scott Carpenter, Eric, Matthew and Benjamin Stephens, Zachary, Jeffrey, Janie, Katie and Anna Johnson, Glenn, Jon and Nathan Katen, SPC Beth Teague (Army), Ashleigh Teague and nine great grandchildren.

The family would like to thank the staff at Cypress Pointe Rehabilitation Center for the wonderful care of our mother during her years of declining health.

Visitation will be held from 12:00pm to 1:00pm on Friday, October 11, 2019 at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral & Cremation Service, 3915 Oleander Drive Wilmington, NC 28403.

Funeral Service will be held at 1:00pm on Friday, October 11, 2019 at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral & Cremation Service. Interment to follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park, 1311 Shipyard Blvd, Wilmington, NC 28412.

Condolences to the family may be offered at www.coblewardsmithwilmington.com

Services

  • Visitation Friday, October 11, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, October 11, 2019
  • Interment Friday, October 11, 2019

Memories

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Stephanie Bell

October 9, 2019

I met Gladys at Myrtle Grove. We shared many good times with Nancy and het children. We bowled, had lunches together, and even played a board game until 6 am! I will always remember her quiet smile and strong faith.

Barbara Ellison

October 8, 2019

I knew Gladys for many years, bowled with her and served on the Women's Bowling Assoc. with her. God bless you Gladys for all of the good you did for your friends and family. You loved everyone. May you rest in peace with our Lord as I know you will. Tell Teeny hello for me. I miss you and all the good times we shared.
Love you my friend.
Barbara

Jewell Ross

October 7, 2019

I never knew Gladys but I have known some of her children and grandchildren and she has a wonderful family. Bob, well Bob is one of our favorite people; kind and always making us feel better. At this time, I don't know what to say to make any of the family feel better but I do want them to know there are a lot of family friends out here praying for them. Cherish the time you had with her know that she is home with the Lord now; she is in good hands. Bless each of you.

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