Beulah May “Missy” Johnson

June 4, 1930 - July 22, 2022

Beulah May Johnson (Missy) passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family on July 22, 2022, at the age of 92.  Missy was born into the Great Depression on June 4, 1930, and lived on a farm near Aberdeen, Mississippi. Her parents, Ed and Ada Jones, had 13 children of which Missy was born number 10 of 13 and was the final surviving sibling.

After WWII, Missy graduated early from high school at the age of 16 and took the train from Aberdeen to visit her older sister in Houston, Texas.  She never went back to Mississippi to live with her extended family, and thus made Houston her home from 1946 to 2022 – a 76-year resident Houstonian.  In 1947, she met her husband of 57 years, Berner Dean Johnson (Benny).  They were married in 1951 while Benny served in the Army during the Korean War.  Benny and Missy had two children – Greg Johnson, who lives in San Antonio with his wife Teresa, and Kim Grigsby who lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband Phillip.  Missy is survived by four grandchildren – Aaron Johnson (wife Maureen), Ashley Scoggins (husband Zachary), Lacey Straube (husband Tobias) and Jessica Roberts (husband Chuck).  She is survived by nine great grandchildren – Olivia, Ryan, Brooke (Aaron’s children), Scarlett (Ashley’s daughter), Samuel and Tucker (Lacey’s boys) and Cole, Luke and Ryan (Jessica’s boys).

From the early 1960s to the late 1980s, Missy was very active in several Houston clubs and charities, such as ARCs and Delphians.  Benny and Missy were active in the Houston social scene, but traveled frequently to Amory, Mississippi for big reunions and gatherings of her extensive family there.

After Benny passed in 2008, Missy never remarried.  She was a beautiful and elegant woman and extremely mobile and fit up to about the age of 90, when her illness started to slow her down.  For many decades, Missy walked several miles a day on her treadmill and performed yoga daily to stay strong and actively mobile and did this until about the age of 90.  She lived in her Houston condo for her final 47 years, was mobile to the end and passed peacefully in her sleep with the entire family gathered in her Houston home.

Beulah May Johnson was highly intelligent and full of life.  Friends always said she was one of the smartest women they had ever met.  Everyone loved Missy and she will be greatly missed by her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

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Service Information

In accordance with Missy’s wishes, there is no funeral service except a graveside service at Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery, 12800 Westheimer Road, Houston on August 3, 2022 at 10 AM. 

6 replies on “Beulah May “Missy” Johnson”

Adanne Golden says:

This classy lady was my youngest aunt, and was always very special to me. I adored her while she lived and will continue those memories until I’m gone. Prayers and much love to all her family (children, grands, great grands, spouses….all). She has always been very proud of you and loved you dearly. I know, because she told me so. Blessings as you navigate to your new normal. She was our glue, please stay in touch. Love you all, Adanne

Leslie Rockey says:

Greg, we are so sorry for your loss. Find comfort in the many wonderful memories you have.

Katie DesBois says:

Dear Johnson Family,

We are so sorry about Missy’s passing. She was an amazing woman! I loved meeting her through Maureen and Aaron and hearing the wonderful stories of their times with her throughout the years. She loved her family so much and has left behind a beautiful legacy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Love,
David and Katie DesBois (Maureen’s sister)

Harold Heuszel says:

I met Ms. Johnson (Missy) 45 years ago, I never meet a classier lady than she!!!!
I enjoyed every minute we got together and discuss the issues of the world. She was intelligent, knowledgeable, understanding, and a very very sweet lady!!! I will truly miss her, and will keep her in heart! My prayers goes out to the family, a family that she love dearly!!!

Nancy Jones says:

Dear Greg, Kim, and family,

This is a wonderful description of how
I remember Aunt Missy. I have been thinking about the things I learned from her through our memorable and
greatly enjoyed conversations. She taught me a lot. She certainly was smart, loving, and funny…and classy and elegant. This was a beautiful tribute to your mother.
The photograph of her and Uncle Benny is so good! They were a great looking couple, for sure and certain. What a wonderful life Aunt Missy lived and she touched so many people in that life.

Our deepest condolences and much love to you all,
Nancy
Maggie (my daughter)

Nancy Jones says:

Dear Greg, Kim, and family,

This is a wonderful description of how
I remember Aunt Missy. I have been thinking about the things I learned from her through our memorable and
greatly enjoyed conversations. She taught me a lot. She certainly was smart, loving, and funny…and classy and elegant. This was a beautiful tribute to your mother.
The photograph of her and Uncle Benny is so good! They were a great looking couple, for sure and certain. What a wonderful life Aunt Missy lived and she touched so many people in that life. I loved her and I liked her…to the core.

Our deepest condolences and much love to you all,
Nancy
Maggie (my daughter)

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