Cornelia Stith Johnson

Cornelia Stith Johnson, age 82, a resident of Austin, TX since 1959, died January 31, 2001. She will be remembered by many as their Registered Nurse at Seton Hospital from 1959 thru 1979 when she retired. Born May 7, 1918, in Stith Valley, Meade County, KY, she was educated in the one-room schoolhouse with her older brothers and sister as her teachers. She graduated from Meade County High School, and in 1939, graduated from Kentucky Baptist Nursing School. During World War II she was an RN for the Great Northern Railroad in Chicago. After the war she moved to San Antonio, and met her future husband at the Texas Democratic Convention in 1946. During her husband's career of road building, she attended 29 different Methodist Churches, and shared her solo vocal talents with their congregations, before finally settling in Austin, TX. She was preceded in death by her son, Stephen O'Kelley Johnson, in 1971. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Horace Eldon Johnson and their two sons, David Stith Johnson and his wife, Mary Jane of Amarillo, TX, Thomas Stith Johnson of Austin, TX, Daughterin-law Karen Key Johnson, grandchildren, Taylor Johnson and Greer Johnson of Amarillo, TX, Emily Johnson, Christie Johnson and Jep Johnson of Austin, TX. She was one of six children and is survived by one sister, Blanche Drury Gailbreath, age 96, of Louisville, KY, one brother, Thomas J Stith, age 85 of Stith Valley, KY, and a number of nieces and nephews. She was a member of St. John's United Methodist Church, and a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, and the Retirement & Nursing Care Center. Memorial may be made to Meals on Wheels, and to Hospice of Austin, 4107 Spicewood Springs Road Suite 100 Austin, TX 78759. A memorial service was held on Saturday, February 3, 2001, at 11 A.M. at St. John's United Methodist Church. Her family expresses appreciation to her physician, Dr. R. E. Helmer Ill M D and the staff at Southwest Regional Cancer Center. We wish to share her fond memories of Dr. Frank Pearce with his many patients and

From Meade County News Leader, Vol 3, Issue 7, Friday Feburary 16, 2001, p. 8.