Madge Marie Johnson
Celebration of Life graveside services for Madge Marie Johnson, 92, of Champaign, will be at Mansfield Cemetery, south of Mansfield, Ill., on Friday, March 18.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon, Friday, at Heath and Vaughn Funeral Home, 201 N. Elm, Champaign. The graveside service will follow.
Peter Schneider and John Grubb will officiate.
Mrs. Johnson passed away at 1:47 p.m. on Sunday, March 13, 2016, at her home in Champaign.
She was born Feb. 18, 1924, in Mansfield, a daughter of Clarence K. and Laura (Nesbitt) Wright. They preceded her in death.
She married Alfred Johnson, Jr. on April 3, 1943, in Champaign. He preceded her in death on Jan. 7, 2007. She was also preceded in death by one sister, Mildred L. Gilbert.
She is survived by her daughter, Jerilyn Kay Battershell, of Champaign; a granddaughter, Amber Marie Battershell, a great-grandson, Jayden Thomas Battershell, both of Champaign; two sisters-in-law, Connie Johnson, of Urbana, and Imogene Hatcher, of Mahomet; and several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Johnson was a graduate of Mahomet High School and entered nurse’s training after high school. She worked with Mahomet’s Dr. R. H. Smith for many years and later at Cole Hospital in Champaign. She later was a secretary at the Webber Street Christian School in Urbana.
Madge and her husband, Al, were charter members of Grace Baptist Church in Mahomet. After her husband’s death, she joined the Meadowbrook Christian Church in Champaign.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
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Dear Larry, Jerilyn, and Amber,
There are no words to express my gratitude to God for putting Madge in my life. His ways are so perfect. I love her dearly and I have wonderful memories from working with her at High Cross Christian School and from sharing a delightful friendship. Her strong faith in our God impacted my life greatly. She will be greatly missed, but so many whose lives she touched are comforted knowing we will spend Eternity together one day. We were all blessed by our Mrs. Madge and she was blessed with a long and fruitful life.
My name is Rev. James Blue, I was known as Jimmy Blue when I lived with Mrs. Della Grant next door to Madge and Al Johnson. The Mahomet Baptist Church was conducting a revival and Madge asked Grandma Grant if I could go with them. The first night I attended the revival the powerful evangelist offered to give either a new red or blue Bible to any person who brought 10 to the next night service. That lit my interest so off to inviting I went. By church time I only was able to account for 4 or 5 but Madge Johnson spoke up and told the preacher there were a total of 12 for Jimmy Blue that night. So I got a beautiful Red Bible. Grandma Grant and Madge was so proud of me and my new red Bible. A few years later the courts required me to leave the safe comfort of Grandma Grant’s home and relocate to Champaign to live with my mother and step father. I left the red Bible in Grandma Grants care. She started reading it and underlining special verses. When I turned 14 she gave me my red Bible with a very special hand written note in the cover page for me to always read my bible and love and serve Jesus. I now have the red Bible in my keep sake box and treasure it very much.
Madge and Al were very special people in my Mahomet growing up years. I deeply appreciate their family and connected family Larry, Mike, and Bob Gilbert.
Heaven is rejoicing today as Madge enters her true haven of rest along with her great husband and other family members. I imagine she also is saying hello to Della Grant too and all those who found faith in Jesus Christ from that soul winning revival at Mahomet in early 1950's
Rev James Blue, Georgetown, Illinois
I have been a minister since 1965 one month before Della Grant passed away.