April 15, 1926 – March 1, 2014
Josephine “Jo” Leora Johnson died peacefully on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at age 87 at the Madrid Home. In agreement with her wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service celebrating Jo’s life will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 5, in the Sanborn Memorial Chapel at the Madrid Home, where the family will greet friends for one hour prior to the service. A private family committal service will take place at a later date in the spring of 2014.
Jo was born in Ayrshire, Iowa April 15, 1926, the youngest of eight children born to her parents John Griffin and Ethel Chaffin Griffin. She moved with her family to Boone as a young child. Jo graduated from Boone High School in 1943 and worked at the Des Moines Ordnance Plant in Ankeny during WWII. Jo met the love of her life, Donald V. “Don” Johnson, at a roller skating party and they married in 1947. Jo and Don farmed in the Madrid area from 1947 until 1966 when they moved into Madrid and Don went to work at John Deere in Ankeny. Jo worked for 20-plus years as the secretary at the Madrid Elementary School, retiring in 1984. Jo liked to read, quilt, and sew for herself and her family and loved watching the Chicago Cubs on television.
Jo often said that when she got married she didn’t even know how to boil water, but she made up for that quickly. Among many fond memories of Jo, her children and grandchildren remember the food she made for them, especially the cookies she always had on hand whenever they stopped in.
She is survived and lovingly remembered by her two sons, Dave (Becky Roorda) Johnson and Dan (Melissa) Johnson both of Madrid; older sister, Lillian Childs of Golden Valley, MN; three grandchildren, Brandon, Lucas, and Taylor all of Madrid; and many nieces and nephews. Jo was preceded in death by her husband, Don; parents, John and Ethel (Chaffin) Griffin; five brothers, Reginald (Rex), Vearl, Paul, Lloyd, and Donald; and one sister, Emily Brabazon.
Jo was happy at the Madrid Home and felt loved and cared for there. The family wishes to thank all the staff of the Madrid Home, particularly the direct care staff on the 4th floor, for the tender loving care they gave Jo and Don for several years.
The family has respectfully requested that any memorial contributions be directed to the Madrid Home or the Madrid Educational Endowment Fund.
ARRRANGEMENTS HANDLED BY ILES SUNDBERG-KIRKPATRICK CHAPEL.Information provided by: Iles Funeral Homes Sundberg- Kirkpatrick Chapel 202 S. Market Street Madrid, IA 50156 www.ilesfuneralhomes.com