Barbara Ann Banks Johnson, 87, of Hanover, Indiana, died Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison, Indiana.
She was born on July 8, 1933, in Chicago, to Harry and Ann Helen Bill Banks. She graduated high school in Washington in 1951 and married Paul Sven Kenneth Johnson on April 6, 1952, in Oakland Hills, California, and they had five sons and three daughters. She lived in Chicago 22 years before the family lived in Florida, Nebraska, Nevada, Iowa and Hanover. She worked as a secretarial staff support person for many years for various employers including the City of Lathrop, California, as a management analyst, Sears and Roebuck, and Moly Corp, a rare earth mining company in Las Vegas. She took classes at Drake University as well as Des Moines Community College and other community colleges. She and her husband spent more than 30 years in the cemetery industry and her favorite job was at Highland Memory Gardens in Des Moines working alongside her husband in pre-need sales. She was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Hanover where her son, Mike, is pastor. She enjoyed writing, reading, her computer, her family and her faith.
Surtvivors include her husband of nearly 69 years of Hanover; her sons, Paul Johnson Jr. of Fullerton, California, Jeff Johnson and Tom Johnson, both of Castle Rock, Colorado, Steve Johnson of Ottawa, Illinois and Pastor Mike Johnson of Hanover; her daughters, Debbie Dow of Hanover, Betsy Johnson of Harper, Kansas and Suzanne Johnson of Huntington Beach, California; her brother, Harry David Banks of Salem, Oregon; and 18 grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 1, at the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Hanover. Private interment will follow in the Highland Memory Gardens in Des Moines. Visitation is 4 p.m. until time of services Thursday at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cornerstone Baptist Church. Cards are available at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centres of Hanover and Madison or at the church. Online condolences, www.morgan-nay.com.