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Johnnie Charlene Wright Green


12/24/1928 - 05/30/2015 Obituary
Johnnie Charlene Wright Green Obituary
Johnnie went home to be with the Lord on May 30th, 2015. Johnnie lived a full and active 86 years dedicated to God and her family. Johnnie Charlene Wright was born on Christmas Eve, 1928, in Fairfax, Oklahoma, to John and Edith Wright. Johnnie was the youngest of four children, but had spunk enough for 10. In the early 1930s, her family loaded up the car with all their possessions and traveled cross-country to California, deciding to settle in Bakersfield. Johnnie grew up and attended Bakersfield High School (Go Drillers!) where she developed a love of dance. She received her Associates Degree from Bakersfield College. As a young adult, one day Johnnie's Aunt Dorothy introduced her to a very handsome, eligible young man who happened to live in Kansas. The rest, as they say, is history. Johnnie married Arthur Wayne Green, the love of her life in 1949, and they settled in Kansas for a few years while Art completed his Pharmacy degree at Kansas University. They returned as a family to Bakersfield in the early 1950s to raise their two daughters, Nancy and Mary. In 1956, Art & Johnnie opened Green's Pharmacy on South Chester. On any given day, Johnnie would be running the drug store by Art's side, driving her girls to dance classes, actively serving in her church, and still have a home-cooked meal on the table at dinnertime. Johnnie was a proud homemaker, cook, baker, gardener, and an exceptional seamstress. She created beautiful center-pieces for parties and church functions, along with her famous chili beans and potato salad. Teaching children, including her own grandchildren, at Sunday school was always close to Johnnie's heart. She faithfully served her church week after week for generations. No task was too small. Johnnie would do it all. Johnnie loved books, the LA Lakers, her family, and Murder Mysteries. She loved chocolate-covered cherries (See's, of course), a bowl of ice cream after dinner (2 scoops), and a clean, orderly home. She liked to pretend that she was meaner than she was, and she was more determined than she pretended to be. She was practical and resolute; she was faithful, caring, and steadfast; she was witty and wise and sharp. She was "Granny", "Mama", and "Johnnie".
Johnnie is preceded in death by her parents and siblings, and her beloved husband, Art. She is survived by her daughters, Nancy Sampson, husband Gary, and Mary Green; grandchildren, Sara Harrington, husband David, and Jon Sampson, wife Jennifer; great-grandchildren, Luke and Ella Harrington and Lillian Sampson, and numerous friends and extended family. Johnnie lived each day with strength, dignity and a fierce devotion to the Lord. She loved the Lord and served Him faithfully, even in the face of a diagnosis of ALS almost 30 years ago. Nothing was going to stop Johnnie from living her life the way she wanted. We will greatly miss our mother, our grandmother, our friend; but we are rejoicing that Johnnie is dancing once again.
The family would like to thank Annette Pellens, Tiffany, Anna, Shannon and Sonia for the love and affection they showed Johnnie these past few years. A graveside service will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Park, 9101 Kern Canyon Road, on Saturday, June 6th at 10am.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on June 4, 2015
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