Edna Shealy Johns
Edna Shealy Johns, Lenexa (formerly of Kansas City, Mo.), died January 14, 2009, of natural causes at Aberdeen Village Health Care. She was 83. Her memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 17, at 1 p.m. at Atonement Lutheran Church, 9948 Metcalf, Overland Park, KS 66212. There will be a reception at the church following the service. Her body was donated to anatomical science at the University of Kansas Medical Center. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the church in Edna’s name. Edna Caroline Shealy was born February 24, 1925, in South Carolina, to Charles J. Shealy and Elizabeth Voigt Shealy. After graduation from Converse College, Edna served two years in the USN. She then went to Duke University to receive a degree in medical technology. In 1951 she married Leo E. Johns, Jr., M.D., of Texas. They lived in Germany, New Orleans, and Norfolk, Va., before coming to Kansas City in 1960 when Leo took the position as director of medical education at General Hospital. Leo later became an associate professor of internal medicine at KU Medical Center and the director of the pulmonary function lab at the Kansas City Veteran’s Administra-tion Hospital. Edna was the ultimate homemaker, wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was an outstanding example of Christian faith. She cared for her husband at home for 20 years after a fall in 1985 left him a paraplegic. She found time to serve her church, play bridge, create sewing and needlework projects and be involved in various volunteer activities over the years. Edna loved being outdoors at a beach, in the mountains, working in a garden or walking for exercise. She was a breast cancer survivor. Reading and working a crossword puzzle occupied a part of each day. She enjoyed watching sporting events, from backyard games to various events of children and grandchildren to KU basketball and KC baseball. Edna was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Clara, Charles and Elizabeth (Bette), and by her husband in 2005. She is survived by her four children and their spouses: Christine and Dr. Michael Mathews, Olathe, Leo III (Bud) and Nancy Johns, Overland Park, Dr. Robert and Patricia Johns, Overland Park, Dr. Theodore and Amy Johns, Dallas, Texas, as well as 14 grandchildren. The family thanks the staff of Aberdeen Village for the loving attention Edna received during her four-month residence at Health Care. We also thank Grace Hospice for compassionate service during her final days. Edna will be forever remembered by her immediate and extended family and the many friends whose lives she touched. Few people know better how to reach out to others in love and even fewer actually get it accomplished.
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Published by Kansas City Star from Jan. 16 to Jan. 21, 2009.
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Chris,...you would not remember me, but I am June West Austin,...My Mom and Dad were Jimmy and Em West, were very good friends and neighbors of your Mom and Dad, in Norfolk Virginia. I dearly loved your Mom and Dad. Good people, as my parents would say! I used to babysit you, and infact, named my first daughter after you. Odd, huh?? You were adorable and I used to love to play with you.
Richard and I were going through old pictures and getting our office and library straight, and found all these photos that I thought you and your brothers would like to have. But do not know where to send them. I am going to try to get an address. But just had to put a little note in here for you and your brothers to read,...if you read them anymore.
Love to you and you families.
June,...a voice from your past.
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June Austin
December 23, 2009
Hey, through facebook with Chris I just learned of your wonderful Moms death. I am so sorry for your loss. I loved her, too. She had such an energy and glow. I do not know if you sweet kids will ever get this...It was the only time I was out of town this year or I would have come to her service. I am soo sorry and just remember our time in Indian Heights!!! She is with Jesus probably shedding her light. God Bless, Michele Montgomery Holland
Michele Holland
August 22, 2009
Bud, Nancy, Rob, & Patsy - So sorry to hear of Mrs. Johns' passing. Happy to know she's passed into the arms of Jesus, and that I'll meet her there one day. She must have been a great woman to have raised such wonderful children!
Nancy Ottinger
January 29, 2009
"Mama Johns" as we use to call her in highschool.( one of Chris's friends). I still remember her pregnant with Ted and thought how cool it was. She had a great impact on my life though I moved away in High School.
I will remember her with the memory of feeling love most of all. She was such an insightful, responsible, and curious human being. She wasn't like other mothers. She was like a friend- one to share things with.
With deep appreciation for knowing Edna through Chris.
Diane Pisanos
January 26, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Joe Spigel
January 23, 2009
Chris, Buddy, Robert and Ted, I am truly so sorry for your huge loss. Edna was such a wonderful Mother and friend, always making me feel welcome in your home. Thank you for sharing your Mom with so many of your friends. I was blessed to have known her. May Jesus give you comfort during this difficult time.
Suzie (Lane) Sallaz
January 19, 2009
To Ted and his Family,
So very sorry for your loss-our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Mike Smerud
January 19, 2009
To all Leo and Edna's family. You had wonderful parents and we had the privilivige of knowing how great they were. Your Mother was a excellent caregiver, and your Dad was always optimistic. They also raised you as an affirmation of their timeless love toward their family.
Ernie & Elaine Busse Busse
January 18, 2009
I never had the pleasure of meeting Edna, but I have experienced some of her greatest accomplishments, by having been touched by those in her family at Olathe Bible Church. I pray you are all comforted, until you meet her again in Glory!
With Love,
Cara Erickson-Park
January 17, 2009
Hello Leo. You are in my prayers.
Calvin Rolark
January 17, 2009
Ted and Family,

I am sorry to hear about your mom. Our prayers are with you.
Kennith Layton
January 17, 2009
Ted and Amy,

We love yall and our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. May you find God's peace in this difficult time.

Ken and Holly Ford
Ken and Holly Ford
January 17, 2009
I am so sorry to hear about your mother Ted. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Clare Savage
January 17, 2009
Rob,

I was sorry to hear abou your mom.

I will keep your family in my prayers.

Julia Mullane
Julia Mullane
January 17, 2009
You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We know you will be missed.
Louba Laurie
January 16, 2009
You had quite a family and have left a fine legacy Mrs Johns. Thank you for sharing them with us.
Jerome Arndt
January 16, 2009
Ted and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.
Carla Taylor
January 16, 2009
Let it be known that your fine son "Dr. Ted" carries on your fine traditions of caring and healing here in our community of Dallas, Texas. You will be missed.
Michael Opatowsky MD
January 16, 2009
My sincere sympathy to the Johns family for the loss of Edna. Although I did not know her, knowing her son Ted and his family speaks volumes of how wonderful she must have been; as Ted is a great person. I know she will be missed.
Judy Knight
January 16, 2009
Oh, Edna, how you will be missed. I will never forget your smile and laugh. I admired your faith and patience and loyalty. You leave behind a great legacy of loving, successful, incredibly bright children and grandchildren who will carry with them your light and deep love for the Lord Jesus. Goodbye and God bless you, old friend.
Steve Haigh
January 16, 2009