JEFFERSON - Shirley Ruth Johnson 65, passed away on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, following a long courageous battle with cancer.
A native of Jefferson, she was born March 13, 1949, the daughter of Ruth C. Johnson and the late Jimmy S. Johnson. She was preceded in death by a sister Linda Banks.
She was a graduate of Jefferson High School and the University of Georgia with a degree in Art. After college she taught school in Meriwether County, Georgia, for several years. She then moved West and worked on Cattle ranches in Colorado and Wyoming. Deciding it was too cold in Wyoming, she came back to Georgia to work on the family cattle and poultry farm and started her business, Foxwood Training Center, where she taught horseback riding and dog obedience classes for many years. Shirley was a Master 4Her and master gardener with a love for animals and the outdoors and a gift for teaching people. She was a gifted artist in several mediums, stained glass, pottery, painting and photography.
Shirley was a member of Galilee Christian Church and enjoyed her church family and going on church related trips.
Survivors in addition to her mother include two brothers, Dewey (Robyn) Johnson and Randy (Jackie) Johnson; nieces Laura Underwood and Audrey Stell; nephews, Eli Underwood, JT Johnson and Nathan Johnson.
A special thanks to her friends and caregivers, Brenda Adams and Kris Pruett.
A memorial service will be held Thursday July 10, at Galilee Christian Church at 6 p.m. with Ministers Tom Plank and Nick Vipperman and Mr. Mark Tuggle officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from 5 to 6 p.m. prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Galilee Christian Church Building Fund, 2191 Galilee Church Rd., Jefferson, GA 30549.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.evansfuneralhomeinc.com