Nancy Elaine Byrd Johnson, 79, of Gainesville, FL passed from this life on June 18, 2019 at the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit of UF Shands Cancer Hospital. Nancy, the eldest daughter of George & Jane Byrd, was born on December 18, 1939 in Circleville, OH. She attended Ohio State University and then later attended Galveston Community College where she received an Associate’s degree in Psychology. Nancy was an avid and voracious reader, and lover of word search puzzles. She was an important sounding board for her husband’s research writing in his career as Professor of Immunology at the University of Florida for 30 years. In some respects, she was a silent partner and an avid supporter. She was very influential in many people’s lives and was loved by everyone whom she came in contact with. Universally, she was considered a person of class. She was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Diane Johnson. She is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, Howard Marcellus Johnson; Sons, Timothy H. Johnson and Anthony M. Johnson (Robyn Moore-Johnson); Granddaughter, Sarah B. Johnson; Sister, Carolyn C. Bailey (James) of Hilliard, OH; Nieces, Meredith C. Bailey and Gwenitha Johnson; Nephews, Shawn B. Bailey, Isaac Johnson, Reginald Johnson, and Terrell Johnson. A visitation will be held on Monday, June 24, 2019 at Forest Meadows Funeral Home from 10:00-11:00 a.m. with services beginning at 11:00 a.m. The burial will take place in Columbus, OH. The family, especially her husband, would like to extend their appreciation to Dr. May and his colleagues, including the wonderful, loving nurses, on the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit and to the Clinic Infusion Unit of Shands Cancer Hospital. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
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To the family and friends of Nancy: My sincere condolences for your loss. There are no words anyone can say to take away your pain, but there is hope. God, in his word the Bible, promises that soon, sickness, pain and death will be no more. God also assures us that he will bring our dear loved ones back to life. May God’s promises and the precious memories you have of Nancy sustain you during this most difficult time. (Revelation 21:4,5; Isaiah 33:24; Acts 24:15) jw.org
Thank you Josh for your kind words. These last two months have been very hard on our family. My aunt was a great woman who is missed every day. It seems like our grief will never stop hurting, but people like you let us know how much she was loved outside of our small family.
Dear Dr. Johnson and family: My deepest condolences for your loss. I just found out about her passing. My thoughts are with you and the family. I remember Mrs. Johnson as a wonderful, caring and definitely very classy person. She would occasionally come to the Microbiology building and drop by Dr. Johnson’s lab, where I was a graduate student. She always had a smile on her face and would speak words of kindness. She was everyone’s friend. She made us feel welcome to any function that Dr. Johnson and Mrs. Johnson had. Mrs. Johnson was definitely a remarkable person who was loved by everyone she came in contact with. May peace be upon her.