West Plains, MO Location (417) 256-4141

Thayer, MO Location (417) 264-7242


Ruby Johnson
Ruby Johnson

Ruby Louise (Edwards) Johnson was born February 13, 1927, the daughter of John Rollen and Alta (Nelson) Edwards at Lauratown, Arkansas, and departed this life October 26, 2012 at her home in West Plains, Missouri at the age of 85 years.

She was united in marriage on January 21, 1946 at Mammoth Spring, Arkansas to Evert Tilman Johnson.

She is survived by her husband, Evert of the home in West Plains, Missouri; two sons, Bill Johnson and wife, Vickie of West Plains and Joe Johnson and wife, Sue of Springfield, Missouri; one daughter, Denise Gum and husband, Pete of Rolla, Missouri; four grandchildren, Kimberly Wade and husband, Mike, Rebecca Simmons and husband, Lance, Janine Gum and Derek Gum; two great grandchildren, Rachel and Ryan Wade; one sister, Shirley Park of Springfield, Missouri; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Alta Edwards; two sisters, Ruth Way and Tressa Linson and three brothers, Tommy, Vernon, and Norman Edwards.

Ruby grew up in the Thayer area and will be remembered for her singing talent. She was a former member of Thayer Free Will Baptist Church where she sang and served as church treasurer for many years. She also sang with The Revelations gospel quartet and on the Thayer Radio Station gospel program along with Christine Case. After her husband’s retirement from Burlington Northern Railroad, they enjoyed traveling and spending time camping in their 5th wheel trailer.

Mrs. Johnson was currently a member of the United Free Will Baptist Church in West Plains, Missouri, still serving and worshiping. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She will be truly missed by her family, her church family and many friends.

Funeral services will be Monday, October 29, 2012 at 2:00 PM at Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri. The family will receive friends Sunday, October 28th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Thayer Cemetery with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.



  1. Betty and Ralph Rogers
    October 26, 2012 @ 6:12 pm

    Much sympathy to the family. We have cherished memories of many times visiting, camping and playing cards back in the day. We are so sorry for your loss.

  2. Michael
    October 30, 2012 @ 4:20 pm

    I am sorry to read of your loss. Many have lost loved ones and want to see them again. The Bible actually says what will be death’s unavoidable eventuality at Revelation 21:4, which says, “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” Death will be gone forever. May this be of encouragement .