Linda Johnson Obituary (2024) – Elizabethtown, KY

Linda Kay Chaney Johnson, 66, of Elizabethtown, passed away Thursday, Feb. 28, 2024, at Baptist Health Hardin in Elizabethtown.

She was born Sept. 12, 1957, in Russellville, Arkansas, to Elizabeth A. (Smith) Chaney and Vernon T. Chaney Sr. She was one of four children, Sonja, Vernon Jr. and Michael. She lived the life of an Air Force child, moving around the country until her teens when her dad, Chief Master Sgt. Vernon T. Chaney, settled at his final duty station at Little Rock Air Force Base.

It was at this time, she actively participated in Future Business Leaders of America and Future Teachers of America at Jacksonville High School before graduating in 1975. Donning a bikini, she regularly would wash her car in the driveway of her parent’s house, which caught the eye of a neighbor, Dana Mark Johnson, who would become the love of her life. They married Feb. 5, 1977.

Soon after marriage, she was diagnosed with Lymphoma, which she fiercely fought and overcame. Linda’s husband was employed by the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, AAFES, resulting in family moves more than 11 times, living in Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, California, Okinawa, Arizona, Puerto Rico and Kentucky. With each transfer, Linda ensured minimum disruption to the family with the children’s needs her first priority.

Linda loved reading and often could be found reading romance novels. Every job she took, she was surrounded by books and magazines. She worked at several bookstores in Texas, California and Arizona; she also worked at the Anderson News Company in Okinawa, Arizona and Kentucky. She continued to work until she suffered a heart attack in 2014.

While Linda read, she would be found drinking Swiss Mocha, Dr. Pepper or a Mocha Frappe. She was incredibly crafty and enjoyed cross-stitching, basket weaving and creating stained glass. She embraced evolving technologies, building computers and helping her sons fix their gaming computers. Her family would honestly joke she was more handy than her husband as she easily fixed various appliances around the house and learned to tile from her father. She loved her family and was fascinated by genealogy; she immersed herself in studying her ancestry starting in the early 2000s. She would jokingly tell people she was “seeing dead people” as she traveled across the country to visit graveyards and research and collect artifacts.

While she was known to many as Linda or Linnie, her favorite title was Mom, which she became in 1984 with the birth of her son, Dreux Michael Johnson in Abilene, Texas. Two more children followed thereafter, Autumn Monet Jones in 1985 and Dustin Marc Johnson in 1988 while stationed in Lompoc, California.

Embracing motherhood, Linda did everything she could to wrap her children with love. She volunteered to help lead Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, went to every soccer, football, cheer, baseball, basketball game and theatre production. Whether it was a Ghostbuster, Michelangelo from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, fairy, or a clown, there wasn’t a costume for Halloween she couldn’t create for her children.

As her children grew up, she beamed when she had all of her children under one roof. She made each home they lived in like a hug- warm, comforting and loved. She always ensured she made their favorite meal of bulgogi and fried rice. She cherished the laughter, talks and mild heckling with her kids.

In 2013, Linda became a Nana and treasured this title as much as mom. She loved to spoil her grandkids and spend time with them. She ensured she made it to their soccer games and performances and loved doing puzzles with them, reading with them and surprising them with a small gift or McDonald’s Happy Meals. Her grandchildren fondly recall trips with their Nana and when Nana would help them with their homework. Her greatest joy was her family and she dedicated her life to them.

Linda Johnson was preceded in death by her parents, Elizabeth Chaney and Vernon T Chaney Sr.; and her brother, Vernon “Tom” Chaney Jr.

Linda Johnson leaves behind broken hearts and a family who will miss her each day of their lives. She leaves behind her husband, Dana Johnson; two siblings, Sonja and Joseph Davis of Ellamore, West Virginia, and Michael and Dana Chaney of Carrollton, Texas; three children, Dreux Johnson and his wife Yu Sun (grandson, Felix) of North Potomac, Maryland, Autumn Jones (granddaughters, Harpyr, Kinley and Carysn) of Elizabethtown and Dustin Johnson and his fiancé, Kesia Morrison, of North Little Rock, Arkansas.

A memorial service is at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at Trowbridge Funeral Home in Elizabethtown.

Visitation is from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

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Trowbridge Funeral Home in Elizabethtown has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Published by The News-Enterprise from Mar. 4 to Mar. 7, 2024.