Reatha Dear-Johnson
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Reatha (Dear) Johnson, age 98 received her wings on January 8, 2019. As a young lady, Reatha relocated to Gary in the early 1940's working many jobs, including as a Cafeteria Matron for the Gary Public School Corp and later marrying the love of her life, Robert Johnson. Reatha was a member of Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church for over 50+ years. She was preceded in death by parents John Lester and Elizabeth Butler, husband Robert Johnson, daughter Marybelle Williams, six grandchildren Sharon Thomas, James Cochran, Kelly Kirkwood, James Steele, Kevin Steele, Pamela Steele; 3 great-grandchildren Richard Gunn, Shannon Payne, Mark Douglas Jr. Reatha is survived by 3 daughters, Leola Jones, Ethel Kirkwood, Vernetta Thomas and a very special great-granddaughter Arlicia Thomas, 8 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, 8 great-great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. Visitation Thursday January 17, 2019 12-8pm. Family hours 6-8pm at the Guy & Allen Chapel 2959 W. 11th Ave. Funeral services Friday January 18, 2019 at 11:00a.m. at Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church 1301 W 21St Ave. Interment Evergreen Memorial Park.

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Published in Post-Tribune on Jan. 16, 2019.
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January 19, 2019
I will always have fond memories of you while we were at church. Your beautiful smile and mission work in the church will be remembered.Mary Major, Indianapolis, Indiana
Mary Major
January 16, 2019

You were the matriarch of this wonderful family. I'm eternally grateful for your endless kindness, love and support. You were the best grandmother one could have.

Love Always,
Michael Jones Sr.
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