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Patty Johnson, Cumberland Co., KY native (1937-2022)

Patty Johnson passed from this earth September 13, 2022, at Autumn Trace Assisted Living in Attica, Indiana. She was 84 years old.

Graveside services will be in held at 10amCT on Satuday, September 17, 2022, at the Reeder Cemetery, with Carroll Egnew officiating. A funeral procession to Reeder Cemetery will depart at 9:15amCT from Bernard Funeral Home, 367 N. Main St., Russell Springs, KY.

Friends may call at the Bernard Funeral Home in Russell Springs on Friday, September 16th, from 6pmCT until 8pmCT.

She was born in Cumberland County, Kentucky, December 16th, 1937.

Patty was the daughter of Edwin Cook and Bessie (Orton) Cook. She was preceded in death by a sister, Jane Thurman, a still born son, Van Johnson, Jr. and her husband, Van Johnson.

She is survived by a sister, Mary Smith of Bowling Green, Kentucky; a sister, Jenny Messer, of Louisville, Kentucky; a brother, Ronnie (Mary) Cook, of Albany, Kentucky; a brother-in-law, Jerome (Carmon) Johnson, of Copperopolis, California; a sister-in-law, Nell Lloyd, of Illinois; a son, Gary (Joanie) Johnson, of Veedersburg, Indiana; a daughter, Judy (Matt) Ross, of DeMossville, Kentucky; grandkids, Abby (Brian) Harshburger, of Hillsboro, Indiana, Stephen (Leanne) Johnson, of Lafayette, Indiana; Jacob Harshburger and Josie Harshburger; step-grandkids, Monica Ross, of Foster, Kentucky, and Eric Ross, of DeMossville, Kentucky; great-grandkids, Julia Harshburger, Libby Johnson and Gwyn Johnson, all of Indiana.

She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Patty was a homemaker in Louisville, Kentucky. She and Van later lived in Russell Springs, Kentucky for over 20 years, then moved to Hillsboro, Indiana in 2017. Patty loved children and worked with them in all the churches they attended.

She was known by her family as the storyteller to her grandkids and great-grandkids. She was known for her servant's heart and her love for her Lord. She read through the Bible numerous times in her life, reading seven chapters each day, every day.

She was a member of the South Jefferson Christian Church in Louisville, the Russell Springs Christian Church, in Russell Springs, then Sterling Christian Church, in Veedersburg, Indiana.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Reeder Family Cemetery Fund, c/o Jan Centers, 3606 Clubhouse Road, Somerset, KY 42501

Patty's funeral arrangements are entrusted to Bernard Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at

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Patty Johnson, Cumberland Co., KY native (1937-2022)

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