Elizabeth “Joy” Johnson, 86, of Kirksville, Mo. embraced the loving arms of her beloved husband “Tick” and entered the presence of heaven on July 12, 2021.

Born Elizabeth Joy York in the small town of Mark. Joy was the second born child of Beatrice Bernice and Ewell York.

As the matriarch, Joy was a strong loving pillar of strength. She inspired, encouraged, and guided her family with biblical truth and her faith in God. She was like an evangelist on wheels to everyone she met.

She was an active member of the Mark Baptist Church her entire life. Joy found her purpose through various church ministries, including Sunday school teacher, VBS organizer, church decorator and pioneering the bus ministry to name a few.

She cherished her life on the farm and raising their five daughters with Tick. Those who had the honor to know her experienced her love for life and generous spirit. We are all grateful to have known her, loved her, and been loved by her.

She and Tick raised five daughters who survive them, Brenda Kaye Johnson of Kirksville, Mo., Beth Renee Fittro of Marshfield Mo., Danita Lynn Roberts (Mike) of Bloomfield, Janell Bea Pottorff of Bloomfield, and Jill Susanna Felice (Tony) of Kirksville, Mo.

She was also survived by nine grandchildren to Brenda: Stelyanos Kus Panos (Tiffany), Nicolas Brendan Panos (Kristy), Keith Alan Wilson (CeCe) and Kalaeb James Wilson. To Beth: Justin Paul Yates (Kara), Linsey Renee Worden (Brian), Alizabeth Janell Cloud (Dewey). To Jill: Anthony Bernard Felice IV (Tonya) and Dylan Dean Felice.

She was also blessed with 17 great-grandchildren: Regan, Rylynn, Regas, Rydley, Reese, Lucia, Jaxon, Adriella, Brady, Tristan, Briley, Lynnae, Dewey III, Libby, Brentley, Adilynn and Anthony V.

Joy is survived by sister Donna Lea Lanman and brothers Richard Ewell York (Sherri), John Dale York (DeAnn).

She is proceeded in death by her husband Edsel DeWayne Johnson, son-in-law Kelly Duane Pottorff, brother Gerald C. York and wife JoAnn York, brother-in-law Garry Lee Lanman, great-grandson Constondinos Dewayne Panos, great-granddaughters Libby Susanna Fittro and Katie Elizbeth Fittro.

A special thank you to the many Kirksville businesses and their employees that made Joy feel special while shopping and serving her lunch: Bakers Smokehouse, Pancake City, Rosie’s Cafe, Sieren’s Palace, and many Walmart employees. You all loved her, and she loved you.

Joy’s family is following her wishes to be cremated and no formal service will be held. Her immediate family will gather for a celebration of her life.

The Joy Johnson “Evangelist on Wheels” memorial, will be given to the Mark Baptist Church Missions.

Arrangements are in the care of Davis-Playle-Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home; www.davisplaylehudsonrimer.com.

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