Saturday, May 16, 2009
Celia Russell Johnson, 1877-1964
Celia Russell, daughter of Oliver Perry and Nancy Elizabeth (Fox) Russell, was born on a farm just east of Numa, Iowa, on Nov. 28, 1877, and died at Centerville, Iowa Hospital on Nov. 17, 1964, after breaking her hip at her home near Numa on Nov. 7, 1864. She was married at her parents home in Numa, on Sept. 22, 1895 to Harris Longthorn Johnson, son of George and Harriett (Dyball) Johnson. They lived in Numa for a few years then bought a farm about a mile southeast of Numa. Mrs. Johnson's husband preceded her in death, in March 1940, and she continued to live in her home with her son Bert, until death came. She was also preceded in death by an infant son, George Earnest, and her only brother, William Burton Russell of Numa.
The surviving children are: Mrs. Osee Knouf of LaGrange, Ill., Mrs. Fairy B. Moody of Ames, Iowa, Mrs. Joe Jensen of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, J. Paul Johnson of Atlanta, Ga. and W. Bert Johnson of Numa. They are also eight grandchildren: Guy H. Knouf of Bay Village, Ohio, Col. R. Wilson Neff, Buffalo, N.Y., Robert J. Neff, Fresno, Calif., Larry A. Jensen, Arlington, Va., Mrs. Nancy Bethes, Newport News, Va., Mrs. Mary Helen Johnson, Atlanta, Ga., Paul Dayton Johnson and William Russell Johnson of Atlanta, Ga. Services were held for Mrs. Johnson in the Numa Methodist Church, which she joined in her youth and had been a member longer than any other in the church. In her younger days she was also the organist for many years. Interment was in the family lot in Numa cemetery.
Transcribed from Soldiers Buried in Appanoose County, Iowa Before World War II and Some Obituaries of Early Settlerscompiled by Osee Johnson Knouf [S.I. Daughters of the American Revolution, La-Grange-Illinois Society, 1977] on FHL Film #1703828, Item #3 [Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1990].