JOHNSON, PAT “Ruby Ilene”, 91, went to be with her Lord and Savior on June 15, 2017 at the Catholic Care Center in Wichita Kansas. She was born on November 18, 1925 in Renfro, Oklahoma to William “Bill” and Alice (Kilian) Smetana. She was raised during the dust bowl in Oklahoma and graduated from Medford High School. After moving to Wichita, she worked as a keypunch operator at Boeing. It was there that she met her husband, Rex Milum Johnson. They married on Dec. 31,1945. As a stay at home mom, Pat instilled hard work and responsibility in her children as displayed in her meticulous home and yard. Also known as Nanny, she was very hands on with her kids and grandkids, spending many hours playing catch and cheering them on at their ball games. Pat loved having outdoor activities for her church family at their country home. She also enjoyed being in the ” bowling Baptist” league. Professionally, Pat became a successful realtor spanning 30 years. Many of her clients became, not only repeat customers, but friends. She retired in her 70’s and only then because of her “hate” of computers. She loved to cook from scratch. From noodles to tacos and from peanut brittle to those amazing chocolate chip cookies, Pat filled your stomach with love….while making sure you were using your coaster. Pat Johnson’s legacy comes from her generous, loving and caring heart. Her humble, Christian lifestyle had a positive impact and made a profound difference in the lives she touched.
Pat is survived by her son Greg Johnson (JW) and their son, Colton Johnson; son Doug Johnson and his sons Garrett and Ross Johnson; daughter Debbie Atkins (Dav) and their children Stacy Marshall, Tory Perez and Ryan Atkins; numerous grandchildren, great and great, great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents Bill and Alice, husband Rex, and brother Harry Smetana.
Visitation will be held from 5pm to 8:30pm on Monday, June 19, 2017 at the Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Museum Building, 15231 SW Parallel St. Benton, Kansas. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 20 at 2 pm also at the Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Museum Building.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Crosswalk on the Prairie, 15231 SW Parallel Rd. Benton, Kansas 67017.