Sunday, October 23, 2022

Obituary - Nella May “Billie” Johnson

Nella May “Billie” Johnson, age 95, resident of Ft. Scott, KS died Thursday, October 20, 2022. She was born July 14, 1927, in Brickeys, MO, the daughter of William and Castilla Dixon. After the death of her parents at the age of 3, she was raised by her aunt and uncle, Rebecca, and Boyd Jackson in the Stotesberry, MO area. After graduating from Fort Scott High School, she attended 2 years at Fort Scott Community College while working at Land’s Inn.

She was part of the college band playing flute and piccolo. She married Paul M. Johnson on December 25, 1951, at the home of her sister-in-law Alberta and Amos Cook, prior to Paul leaving to serve in the Army. They later divorced. Billie honored her vows and never dated or remarried.

She worked for Campbell’s laundry for several years. Billie was a waitress for many restaurants in Fort Scott through the years. They were blessed with two children, Paula, and Melvin Johnson. Billie volunteered for SECAP and was know as a very giving person. She was a member of the Community Christian Church.

Survivors include her children, Melvin Johnson, Pawnee Station, KS, and Paula Page and husband Dave, Ft. Scott; 2 grandsons, Andrew, and Paul Johnson; 5 great grandchildren, Blake, Austin, Georgia, Victoria, and Carter; and one great-great grandchild.

Pastor Michael Wriston will conduct graveside services at 11:00 Tuesday, October 25th, in the Oak Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10:00 until leaving for the cemetery at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Memorials are suggested to Integrity Hospice and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, PO Box 347, 201 S. Main St., Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

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