Nedra Vernelia Bollinger Johnson, age 97, of Marble Hill, died Tuesday June 12, 2018 at Woodland Hills.
She was born November 29, 1920 in Zalma, MO, the daughter of Charley Lorenzo and Lottie James Bollinger.
Nedra married Rupert McKnight Johnson on September 2, 1946 in the chapel of the former William Mayfield College which became El Nathan Home. In the first years of their marriage they lived in Marble Hill working with Lottie James Bollinger to restore the Mayfield buildings.
She moved to Cape Girardeau, living in married student housing in the old Broadway School Building, while Rupert attended SEMO and completed his masters in education.
The family then moved to Point Lookout, MO when Rupert accepted a position at the College Of The Ozarks near Branson, MO. Nedra managed the student commissary and student bank.
In 1964 Nedra and family moved to Festus, MO when Rupert accepted a teaching position with the Festus and Crystal City school districts. Nedra, an accomplished artist and photographer, began her career as a portrait photographer and traveled the country for the Lisle Ramsey Company, setting up studios and training photographers.
Upon retirement, Nedra and Rupertís lives came full circle when they returned to Marble Hill to live in the log cabin which had been built as part of El Nathan. Nedra then began her final and most cherished career, serving and taking care of others at El Nathan Home.
Following the death of her beloved husband Rupert in 1980 she continued her work at El Nathan for another 25 years. El Nathan Home was a faith work providing a place for Christians until closing 2014.
Throughout her life Nedra loved to travel and would never say no to the opportunity to pack a bag and go. As a result she managed to visit five out of seven continents, all fifty states and take several cruises. Over the past several years, with long distance travel no longer possible, Nedra and her daughter set out to drive every one of the almost three hundred Bollinger County numbered roads. Their last trip was on road 204 only six days before her death. Nedra left just sixteen of those roads untraveled.
Nedra is survived by two sisters, Maude Parker of Texas and Shirley Bollinger of California, three children, Charles (Tere Ivanca) Johnson of Florida, Deborah (Dan) Horn of St. Louis and Bruce (Karen) Johnson of Washington, five grand children, Erin Horn (Bryan) Schulte of St. Charles, MO, Caroline Horn (Mike) Heckman of Kansas City, Bridgett Johnson (Brad) Ashley of Florida, Bethany Johnson (Tim) Shields of Washington, Brittney Johnson of New York, and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Evelyn Taylor and Minna Gene Bollinger, brother Charles Bollinger and one son, Daniel Clark Johnson.
Nedra suffered a stroke in her sleep Thursday night. All of her children and grandchildren came to be with her and were present when she peacefully passed away Tuesday morning.
A faithful Christian, Nedra was a member of the Marble Hill Bible Chapel. She also had an abiding interest in and volunteered at The Bollinger County Museum of Natural History. In Lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Museum or a Christian work of choice.
The family wishes to thank the management and staff of Woodland Hills, Crown Hospice, Hutchings Funeral Chapel and her family in Christ at the Marble Hill Bible Chapel.
A graveside service conducted by Dr. John Englehart will be held at the El Nathan Memorial Park Cemetery at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 15, 2018. All of Nedraís friends are invited to attend.