Jean M. Fox Johns passed away at 5:52 p.m. on Friday, July 27, 2012 at Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility. She was born at home in Brown County on September 3, 1924, to Raymond and Susan Snyder Fox. Jean's childhood family also consisted of a brother, Jesse Fox, who is deceased; and a sister, Mattie Lucille Smith of Edinburgh.
With the passing of Jean's mother when she was six years old, her father married Bessie Stott Fox. There were 11 more children added to her family. A step-sister, Evelyn Sherrell, who is deceased; half-siblings, Johnny Fox, who is deceased, Vinnie Hacker, who is deceased, Robert Fox, who is deceased, Shirley Pruitt, who is deceased, Janice Bray of Morgantown, Carl Fox of Greenwood, Donna Fulkerson of Morgantown, J.R. (Becky) Fox and Laura (Ernie) Wooldridge, both of Nineveh, and Richard Fox, who is deceased.
Jean married Jack D. Johns on November 1, 1941. They enjoyed God’s blessing of 54 years together. He preceded her in death on February 4, 1994. Over the past seven years she has spent wonderful times with her best friend, Jim David.
Jean and Jack were blessed with six children, Jack (Margaret) Johns of Roswell, New Mexico, Susan (Bob) Perry, who are both deceased, Terry (Don) Murphy of Elizabethtown, Kathy (Leroy) Hoover of Clarksville, Tennessee, Robin McCue and Shawn (Juanita) Johns, both of Columbus.
They were also blessed with many grandchildren, Chad Johns, Kirsten (Rob) Chenoweth, and Kalen Pedigo of Roswell, New Mexico, Sonja (Jeff) Johnson, Kimberly Rutan, and Christopher Perry, all of Columbus, Darby Murphy who is deceased, Yancey Murphy of Elizabethtown, Tara (Dan) Humphreys of Columbus, Anna (Andy) Walter and Jonathan (fiancée Brittney Voerrenger) Hoover of Clarksville, Tennessee, Hannah McCue of Orlando, Florida, Rachel and Joseph McCue of Columbus, Zachery (Christa) Johns, Isaiah (Lindsey) Johns, Jesse Johns, and Ethan (fiancée Lauren Meyer) Johns all of Columbus; great-grandchildren, Ryan and Taylor Pedigo, Thomas East, who is deceased, Dean and Brianna Chenoweth, Tyler (fiancée Katelyn Briner) Johnson, Justin (Jessica) Johnson, Paige (Ryan) Updike, Mallory and Mikayla Rutan, Joslin Perry, Daniel, Heidi, and Joel Murphy, Jackson and Carleigh Humphreys, Dustin Walter, Logan and Kyla Jimenez, Geremiah Hoover, Evan McCue, Hayden and Owen Johns, and Jax Johns; great-great-granddaughters, Madisyn Johnson, Kaidence Briner, and Gracyn Updike, who is due to arrive in this world on August 19, 2012; and step-grandchildren, Rodney Perry, who is deceased, Jason Perry, Irwin Hoover, Allen (Melody) Hoover, Rita (Jeff) Huddleston, and James (Kim) Hoover.
She was employed at Camp Atterbury from 1943 to 1944. She was a loving stay-at-home Christian mother, and was a caregiver of several children in her home for many years.
Jean was an active member of Flintwood Wesleyan Church for over 40 years.
The funeral service will be conducted Monday, July 30, 2012 at 1 p.m. at Flintwood Wesleyan Church with the Reverend Wes Jones officiating. Visitation will be today from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home and on Monday from noon until time of services at the church. Burial will be at Garland Brook Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Flintwood Wesleyan Church, 5300 25th Street, Columbus, IN 47203, or to Hospice of South Central Indiana, 2626 17th St., Columbus, 47201.
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