Janell Farris Johnson, age 79, died peacefully on July 7, 2016 at her home in League City, TX , after an 11 year battle with cancer. Janell was born December 14, 1936, in Liberty, TX, the daughter of John B. and Margaret V. Farris.
Janell graduated from Hull-Daisetta , TX and attended Southwestern State University on a scholarship where she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. She received her bachelor’s degree in teaching at Lamar State University. She taught secondary education for 20 years, was a Realtor and worked in the field of advertising.
In 1957, Janell married the love of her life Dan L. Johnson Jr.. Together they lived life to the fullest. They were companions and best friends for 41 years until he passed away. They raised three children and instilled in them strong life values and the love of the ocean.
Janell and her husband Dan were genuine lovers of the ocean. They loved boating and making memories in the Bahamas, Belize and the Gulf waters. They enjoyed living and breathing the salty air, sharing many adventures with family and friends.
Janell has been described as an inspirational and classy lady. She would light up a room with her presence. She embraced every part of life and either celebrated while it was happening, or when it was over, but celebrate it she did indeed.
After the loss of her husband in 1998, Janell was surrounded by her close friends , the SGO’s (Sc##w Getting Old), who travelled all over the U.S. making memories and having great times. She was also on the board of her condo association and was a passionate member of the Sunshine Center for the past 7 years. She made many new friends in Galveston over the last 10 years resulting in many more lasting memories.
Janell was a great inspiration, mentor and listener to her children and grandchildren. She instilled in them her experience and fostered them to be the very best they could be always. The children and grandchildren were fortunate to have many memorable adventures and vacations with her. Her love of the holidays and the next family gathering were always a highlight with her, preparing the best meals, sharing good times and making lasting memories. She has been blessed with great grandchildren who loved her and will continue to know her kind and loving ways through each of us.
Janell is survived by her sister, Nan Ray Lush of Sontag, Mississippi, her son Michael Johnson, daughter Jan Andru (Mark), and son Kyle Johnson (Susan). Her grandchildren, Derek Johnson (Theresa) and great-grandaughter Kylie, Danielle Stafford (Shawn) and great-grand twins Evan and Reagan, and Alyssa Traywick (Tyler) and baby Elyse Marie due in August. In addition she had 5 step grandchildren and 9 step greatgrandchildren who she loved dearly. Numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Janell, her children and grandchildren were extremely fortunate to have Janell’s daughter Jan’s love, devotion, care and sacrifices for her mother’s well-being for the past 11 years. Jan and her husband Mark took her into their home for the past several months and cared for her. Jan’s efforts were heroic for her mother and the family will never forget and will be forever grateful.
Special thanks from the family to Dr. Maurice Willis, MD of UTMB Health for helping our mother maintain her quality of life for so long through his guidance and treatments. He was very comforting to the family and my mother throughout the process. She liked and appreciated him dearly.
The family would also like to acknowledge Dr. Gerald Isaac MD, for his loving care of our parents throughout the years.
In Lieu of flowers, she requested donations be made to “The Sunshine Center” in Galveston, Texas. www.sunshinecenterinc.org (409)763-5029 or UTMB at website http://workingwonders.utmb.edu/page.aspx?pid=851.
A memorial service will be held at J. Levy & Termini Funeral Home, 2128 Broadway, Galveston, Texas 77550 on Sunday 7/10 at 2:00 pm. firstname.lastname@example.org. After the service there will be a celebration (per her request) at the Olympia Grill at Pier 21, 100 21st St. in Galveston for family and friends.