Bingo Extraordinaire and Loyal Laker Fan Garnett Lucille Traylor Johnson Thornton peacefully passed away in her sleep on Friday, April 28, 2017, surrounded by her loving family. After a brief illness, Jesus decided to send a dove to fly her to heaven to watch over her family and be reunited with her loving husband, James Coleman Johnson.
Born in Adel, Okla. on February 23, 1924, Lucille spent her first 21 years in her home state, later moving to Trona, Calif. for 38 years and spending her last 34 years in Lake Isabella, Calif. Lucille married James Coleman Johnson on February 22, 1939. While in Trona, Lucille returned to school and graduated from Trona High School in 1948, attended some college, worked for the U.S. Post Office (33 years), and attained her Real Estate license. She really ramped up her 36-year Real Estate career in Lake Isabella and still held her license.
During her full and eventful life, Lucille enjoyed sewing, oil painting, Bingo, the Lakers, serving in her community, bowling, traveling, exploring new places and working at the Senior Center, the VFW and the Moose Lodge. She never met a stranger and was always very fair and honest. She was strong, and everyone relied on her for advice, assistance and guidance.
Lucille is survived by her sister, Lillie Traylor Archer in Oklahoma; her two daughters, Bessie Johnson Wiles and Anna Sue Johnson Eldridge, and son-in-law Benny Eldridge.
Five grandchildren and spouses: Cindy Greenwood (Russell), Lauretta Eldridge, Alan Wiles (Jan), Justin Eldridge (Leslie), Chimene Jackson (Johnnie).
Great Grandchildren and spouses: Brandon Aldridge (Megan), Kelly Rueby (Robert), Victoria Flame (Tony), Brooke Waltman (Danny), Jessica Greenwood, Westley Heidelberger (Braelynn), Isaac Greenwood, Emmett, Evan, and Julia Sarver.
Great-Great Grandchildren: Heather Rueby, Elijah Aldridge, Mason Waltman, Drake Rueby, Caroline Aldridge, and Katherine Flame.
Her friend Albert Ellison.
… Many nieces and nephews and many, many friends.
Lucille is preceded in death by her husbands James Coleman Johnson and Reppard Thornton, her parents Adolphus and Laurenia Traylor, her sister, brothers and their spouses: Ethel Morlan (Everett), Tommie Traylor (Bea), Ikey Traylor (Ruby), and son-in-law Dewey Wiles.
Viewing on Friday, May 12, will be from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Lake Isabella Valley Mortuary located at 5108 Lake Isabella Blvd, Lake Isabella, Calif. 93240.
Services are planned for Saturday, May 13, at Mountain View Southern Baptist Church, Lake Isabella, Calif. Viewing will begin at 10:00 a.m., service following at 11:00 a.m.
Graveside services will be 2:30 p.m. at Desert Memorial Park, Ridgecrest, Calif.
Guests are encouraged to wear her favorite color of purple and/or a hat in her honor.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to Lake Isabella VFW Auxiliary.