Rose Buchanan

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Buchanan, Rose La Dean Johnson

Rose La Dean Johnson Buchanan (La Dean to family and friends) was born to Harvey H. and Martha Lou (Jenkins) Johnson in Petronila, Texas, near Corpus Christi, on August 17, 1933.

She lived in many Texas cities but spent her teenage and young adult years in Waco. Waco was where she met and married John, an Air Force officer, in 1959. Following their marriage, they lived in Japan as well as several places stateside. The family settled in Albuquerque in 1973 after John's retirement from the Air Force. They shared nearly 58 years together, and raised four sons. She was a great daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother. Her legacy to her sons was that of a humble daughter of the Most High God. She discovered His strength and comfort that allow us not only to survive, but to triumph in the midst of trials that would cause many to abandon their faith. Through the gut-wrenching loss of two sons, she kept her hands and heart lifted to God and accepted the ministry God gave her, that of sharing the "Father of all mercies and comfort" with those who were going through similar dark times. La Dean will be missed by many. After a long period of physical infirmity, but mental acuity, she traded her ailing body for the chance to meet Jesus face to face. It makes us smile amid our tears when we think of her breathing without the aid of a concentrator and walking straight with no scoliosis nor the aid of a walker.

She is survived by her husband, John; sons, Keith and Kenneth all of Albuquerque; three grandchildren, Melody, Atlanta, GA, Kelly, Augusta, GA, and Jesse, Atlanta, GA; brother, Harvey and wife, Carol, Live Oak, TX; niece, Jennifer Dastur, Cascade, CO.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, John Jr. and Howard; and by nephew, Brian Johnson.

Her Memorial Service will be held Monday, April 17, 2017, 10:00 a.m. at Eastern Hills Baptist Church, 3100 Morris NE, Albuquerque. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Eastern Hills Baptist church or to National Alliance on Mental Illness, 2015 Wyoming Blvd NE E, Albuquerque, NM 87112. Please visit our online guestbook for La Dean at

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Eastern Hills Baptist Church
3100 Morris St NE
Albuquerque, NM 87111
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Published in Albuquerque Journal on Apr. 16, 2017