Bertha Louise Johnson
Bertha Louise Johnson, 99, Lee’s Summit, passed away Nov. 25, 2013. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. with funeral service to follow at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Lee’s Summit. Burial will be in Torrington, Conn. Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Lee’s Summit or to John Knox Village Hospice House.
Bertha was born March 6, 1914, in Newton Centre, Md., and moved to Torrington as a child. She attended East School and graduated from Torrington High School. She was a beautician before her marriage to Clarence Johnson on June 12, 1937. She and Clarence co-owned, with her sister and brother-in-law, The Band Box Dry Cleaners and Tailoring Shop. In 1952 they established Mason & Johnson, a fine men’s clothing store. Bertha was the bridal consultant at Michaels Jewelers for many years. She was a long-time and faithful member of the United Congregational Church and First Presbyterian Church. Her passion for life was shown through her volunteering at Brooker Memorial and Charlotte Hungerford Hospital. Bertha greatly enjoyed entertaining family and friends and always did it with grace culminating in a life well lived and one defined by family, friends and faith.
She was predeceased by her husband of 66 years, Clarence and her sister Olga Mason. Survived by daughters, Kaaren (Roland) Plude, Lee’s Summit, Paula (Thomas) Miller, Overland Park, Kan., Krista (Thomas) Lowery, Pleasant Hill, Mo.; her grandchildren, Roland (Linda) Plude, Daryl (Richelle) Plude, Christopher (Bridget) Plude, Stephen (Stacia) Christie, Carlyle Miller, Justan Lowery; her great-grandchildren, Jessica, Jordan, Joshua, Amanda, Jarett, Tommy, Kennedy, Lauren, Gracie; nephew, Robert (Elaine) Hewitt; cousins, Edward (Mary) Jacot, Betty Merkel, Cherie (Robert) Watts and Marjorie Steiner, her dear friend of 75 years.
(Arrangements by Langsford Funeral Home, 115 sw 3rd St., Lee’s Summit, Mo., 64063)