CHARLESTON -- Velma Louis Johnson, 80, died at 5:30 a.m. Aug. 8, 2008 at St. John's Mercy Hospital in St. Louis.
Born Dec. 29, 1927, in East Prairie, to the late John and Gertrude Wright McCarty, she lived in East Prairie before moving to Charleston in 1954. A member of the Elm Street Baptist Church in Charleston, she had worked for Brown Shoe Company and then Gates Rubber Company until her retirement.
On Oct. 6, 1949, she married Joe M. Johnson who survives.
Other survivors include: one son and daughter-in-law, Terry Joe and Pam Johnson of Kirkwood; one daughter and son-in-law, Sheila and Jeff Hancock of Warrensburg; and three grandchildren, David Andrew Johnson of Kirkwood and John Clayton Hancock and Joanna Courtney Hancock of Warrensburg.
One brother, Woodrow McCarty, and two sisters, Iva Grimes and Annie Ruth Countess, preceded her in death.
Visitation is scheduled from 10 a.m. until time of services at 1 p.m. Sunday at the McMikle Funeral Home in Charleston.
Burial will follow in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery.