Elizabeth J (Graper) Johnson, 82 took her final motorcycle ride to be
with her glorious savior on Friday, October 26, 2007, due to complications from pneumonia.
She was born on May 19, 1925, the oldest daughter of Fred & Greeba (Miller) Graper, who preceded
her in death.
She was also preceded in
death by her beloved husband, Robert W. (Doc) Johnson in 2001.
Elizabeth is survived by her 2 children, Susie Johnson of Terre Haute, IN and Wayde Johnson of Princeton; her special adopted daughters, Tamara Buck and Shon
Lewis both of Princeton; 2 brothers, Robert B. Graper
of Danville, IN and Frederick Graper of Cape Girardeau, MO; 1 sister, Kathleen Bonadies
of Pinehurst, NC; several nieces and nephews.
During WWII she became one of
"Rosie-The Riveters" at Evansvilleís production of P-47 Thunderbolts. Subsequently, she
was employed at Shoptaugh Drugs in Princeton. Her main employment was later at Hansenís Manufacturing Co. for 40+
years, where she became the supervisor of the testing & shipping dept. She
considered her co-workers her second family and she retired from Hansenís in
She was a member of the
United Presbyterian Church and the VFW Womenís Auxiliary.
She enjoyed motorcycle riding
and camping with her husband in her younger years. Later on in life, she
enjoyed vacationing and sightseeing all over the United States & Canada. She loved traveling to sample the cuisine in new
restaurants & eateries that she had read or heard about. She was very
creative in making all types of flower arrangements. She liked collecting
scarecrows and angels. She enjoyed planting flowers and working outside in her
yard. She received great joy feeding & watching the many varieties of birds
that flocked to her yard.
Elizabeth will be sadly missed by all those blessed to know
her. She was a very loving, caring and giving mother to her children and her
death has caused a gigantic void in the world that can never be filled. Heaven
has been blessed to receive a very special angel.
celebrating her wonderful life as a sister, wife, mother & friend will be
held on Friday, November 2, 2007
at at the SomervilleCemetery, family and friends may meet at the Colvin Funeral
Home to go in procession to the cemetery.
Friends may visit from 4
until 8 PM on Thursday, November 1, 2007 at the Colvin Funeral Home in
He family wishes to thank Dr. Bruce Brink Jr., Dr. Titzer,
Dr. Pamelia, Dr. Henry and a special thanks to Dr.
Houser and the nurses and staff at Gateway Deaconess Hospital for their
exemplary, compassionate and loving care the last week of her life.