Yvonne Cecilia Johnson

March 21, 1938 ~ May 4, 2022 (age 84)


Yvonne Johnson a loving mother to one, was born Yvonne Gray on March 21, 1938, in Enid, Oklahoma to Mother, Evelyn Rose Henry and Father, Sherman Gray.  She moved to Kansas City, Missouri in the early 1940’s.  She also had two stepfathers Willie Horton and Robert Henry.  Yvonne was the eldest amongst her siblings: 3 brothers, Dwight Horton, Herbert Horton, Adic Horton, and one sister, Charlotte Wright.  Her parents and all her siblings preceded her in death. Yvonne graduated in 1957 from Manual High School which was located on Truman Rd. in Kansas City, Missouri. She later married Roscoe K. Johnson Jr. and they were married over 24 years. Yvonne & Roscoe Johnson moved to California, and they had one child together, Sheryll Johnson..  

Yvonne was a housewife while married and later held jobs in the manufacturing industry.  In the early 1980’s she moved from California back to Missouri for family reasons and became a faithful member of Friendship Baptist Church in Kansas City, Missouri.  Yvonne Johnson was a very loving and caring person who believed in family values and loved her family very much.  She believed in helping others, especially family and would do what needed to be done when it was needed without someone having to ask.  Family was very important to her, and she wanted everyone to achieve their goals especially the people in her own family. Integrity and perseverance are the best words to describe the character of Yvonne Johnson.  She believed that people could achieve anything they set their mind to achieve.  She reminded those that she loved that people create their own obstacles and never understood why someone would do that.  No matter how big or small those accomplishments, she loved to celebrate each success with her family. Yvonne was a very proud grandmother, and she would often tell people that she had only one child and this one child gave her eight beautiful grandchildren just to keep her busy. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” CORINTHIANS 13: 4-7

After being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and dementia, medical professionals estimated her to live only 4 to 5 years, but because of Yvonne’s perseverance, strength, and faith she journeyed for 18 years enjoying her family and days siting outside in sunshine enjoying nature. “He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.” ACTS 1:7 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” MATTHEW 24:36 Yvonne was called home to be with the Lord in the morning on Wednesday May 4th, 2022 and leaves behind on earth to cherish her beautiful memories; her one and only daughter, Sheryll A. Wiley and son-in-law Theodore J. Wiley III; eight grandchildren, Yvonne A. Webb, Rickey A. Webb, Marcell X. Wiley (Karmen), Jasmine A. Wiley, Victoria E. Wiley, Destiny M. Wiley, Theodore J. Wiley IV and Kiana M. Johnson; two great-grandchildren, Cheyenne A. Webb-Coleman and Easton D. Lowe and three additional great-grandchildren expected to arrive this coming fall and winter of 2022 and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

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