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Florence Marie (Hanvey) Johnson

Florence "Marie" Hanvey Johnson, age 86, returned to her Heavenly home on Sunday, September 30, 2018 surrounded by family in Fairhope, Alabama. Her devotion to her family and friends and her firm belief in God supported her in her struggle and ultimately gave her peace. She was the widow of Ruel Johnson with whom she shared many years of happiness. Born in Ohatchee, Alabama, she was the daughter to Jessie and Addie Hanvey. She attended Ohatchee High School where she was a cheerleader. She went on to graduate the Anniston School of Nursing, and spent her career as a Registered Nurse. She worked for various hospitals and ultimately spent over twenty years assisting in private practice in Montgomery, Alabama. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Fairhope, Alabama. She enjoyed volunteering and numerous outreach activities in the churches she attended throughout her lifetime. During her time in Montgomery, she was involved in the youth ministry at Normondale Baptist Church. When she and her husband, Ruel Johnson, retired to Alexandria, Alabama, they developed a senior program for adults at Post Oak Springs Baptist Church. After his passing, and her move to Alexander City, Alabama, she enjoyed working as a member of the First Baptist Church in Alex City. There she volunteered in the library, worked to help families in need at the crisis center, taught vacation bible school, and sewed many little dresses for missionary work. Marie continued to volunteer during her time in Fairhope, visiting the sick, sewing more dresses and encouraging others in every way possible with the message of Jesus Christ. She is survived by her children, Michael Johnson and his wife Rosemary, David Johnson and his wife Sonia, her grandchildren Heather Johnson Pappas (married to George Pappas) and Benjamin Johnson. She also had two great grandchildren, Jack Henry and Shepard Pappas. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Ruel Weaver Johnson and son Max. The graveside service will be held at Ohatchee Cemetery in Ohatchee, Alabama on Saturday, the 6th of October at 10 a.m. with reception following in the Ohatchee Baptist Church fellowship hall. We will not be holding visitation or viewing as requested by Marie. Memorial donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the following: Salvationarmyusa.org, Childrensharbor.com or to the Ohatchee Cemetery Fund, In Care of Ohatchee First Baptist Church, 2090 Spring Road, Ohatchee, AL 36271.

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