In Loving Memory of

Niokoa Johnson

09/29/1998 - 03/23/2014

Niokoa Breeze Johnson, 15, died March 23, 2014 with her family by her side in Gainesville, Fl.

            Niokoa Was born September 29, 1998 in Gainesville, FL to Ricky and Shannan Johnson. She loved fishing and camping, as well as anything else involving the outdoors. Niokoa loved to be with her family and friends.

            She leaves behind many family members and friends. Mourning her loss are parents Ricky Johnson and Shannan Sutton; her siblings Nakiya Sutton, Mariah Berry, and Dakota Johnson; her grandparents, Dorothy Johnson and Vivian Sutton. She will also be missed by her only dog, Alley, as well as countless other family and friends whom were blessed to know her.

            Niokoa touched the lives of many people with her smile and love for life. There will be an open viewing for Niokoa on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 from 5 pm to 7 pm at the Forest Meadows Funeral Home. The Funeral service will be graveside at 11:30 am on Thursday, March 27th 2014 at Historic Micanopy Cemetery, Micanopy, FL.. Donations can be made to the Niokoa Johnson account at the Florida Citizen’s bank in Micanopy, Fl.

            The family wants to thank everyone for the continued love and support. Niokoa was dearly loved and will be truly missed. She left this world doing what she had always dreamed about and what she worked so hard to achieve. Niokoa spent countless hours working on her racecar and was so excited to be able to do what she loved. Saturday, March 22, was the best day of her life. Heaven has truly gained an angel.

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24 Responses

  1. Darlene, Rachel and Kyle Tucker at · Reply

    Ricky, Dakota, and the entire family,

    I can’t think of any words that will help at this time. But please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. Kim Collins at · Reply

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family. As a mom of a race car driver, I totally understand the “dream that she had” and “doing what she loved” part. May God watch over your family during this time of sorrow. God Bless~

  3. Susan Albritton at · Reply

    My prayer for everyone. May the angles in heaven wrap their wings around you and comfort you in your time of need. God bless you.

  4. Colby Higgins at · Reply

    I know she is taking the checker flag in heaven. Our family will keep your family in our prayers!

  5. Crain Racing at · Reply

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Our prayers are for you and your family. May God comfort you during this time of sorrow. Gods Speed #17.

  6. The Feagle's at · Reply

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. May you have peace knowing how much she wanted to race and doing something she so passionate about.

  7. Sherry and Larry Thacker and family at · Reply

    My prayers to your family in this time of need.
    No words can express the pain sorrow and hurt you must feel at this time. When your from a racing family it’s in your blood and no stopping anyone from doing what they enjoy just remember it’s what she wanted to do and was so happy doing. I’m am so sorry for your loss and from a racing family ourselves our prayers are very strong for your family always.

  8. Ann Young at · Reply

    The reality of your loss has touched all in the racing community. We can only imagine the depth of your pain.
    We at Bronson Speedway pray that the thoughts and prayers of our racing family serve somehow to comfort your family today and in the coming days ahead.
    We pray you all can feel the healing power of Jesus’s love and his perfect peace at this most difficult time.
    We wish Niokoa farewell and Godspeed.

  9. Ashton Mohan at · Reply

    I didnt know Niokoa but Im friends with her sister Mariah and Im always thinking about her and her family. May God take care of you and I send my condolences.

  10. Jaime Rodenbarger at · Reply

    Many thoughts n prayers sent to you all from West Virginia. .. family members of #58 Mark Whitner from BRP…love The Rodenbarger’s

  11. Mary Handberg at · Reply

    I can’t even begin to know your grief at this time. I know it is very dark right now but with time the light will return and you will be able to smile once again. Please know that you are in our prayers. The Handbergs from Waterloo, Iowa

  12. Gloria Freeman at · Reply

    My prayers are with the family. Another angel watching over us. RIP Niokoa.

  13. shane calitine at · Reply

    Our thoughts and prayers are with yall at this difficult time from a family full of racers.may she rest in piece and be a guardian angel to look over all the future drivers on the tracks. Shane Calitine out of Andersonville,ga.

  14. Jessie Burnham at · Reply

    Words cannot express how sorry we are for your loss. Prayers for strength, comfort and peace during this horrible tragedy. She will be with you always.
    With all our love,
    Jessie, Gordon, Kyle and Raven Burnham

  15. Sam, Nancy and Clay Sanders at · Reply

    We cannot even begin to imagine what you’re going through and how difficult all this must be for you. Our hearts are breaking and we are praying for you, Dakota and Mrs Johnson.

  16. Martha at · Reply

    I am so sorry for the loss of your daughter who is now sleeping in death, but please know that the God of comfort did not leave the family without a hope of seeing their love one again; He made a provision a long time ago for those who went to sleep, that they can be awaken from this sleep. please trust the true God to who keep His promises, draw close to Him, He will not let you down. John 11:21-27 and 17:3; A friend who cares.

  17. Bailey Family at · Reply

    Didn’t personally know your family. But am touched that you let you daughter live her life to the fullest. May you find comfort in knowing she is with our father above. Praying for you all at this time. May you be at peace.

  18. Tommy Sipes at · Reply

    My prayers and thoughts are with you, God bless you all

  19. 3D Racing Team at · Reply

    As a teenage racer myself I understand her dream. You’re great parents for letting your young angel live her dream. I can’t say how sorry I am that this has happened, just know she’s making those laps in heaven, truth be known she’s probably already took the checkered flag. As I want you to know the 3D Team is here praying for the parents and entire family along the way. May she RIP #17 ! I will have a decal put on my car this weekend.

  20. Barbara Gilmartin at · Reply

    Ricky, Dakota, and Mrs. Johnson,

    I am so very sorry for yours and the Micanopy community’s loss of Niokoa. She was one of the dearest children I have had the honor to teach. I am praying for God to give you strength and comfort each day.

    Psalms 147:3 – He heals the broken heartened, binding up their wounds.

  21. Ms. Dana Ward at · Reply

    Being from a family of go cart racers I recognize Niokoa’s love for speed. Her passion for life will be long remembered. God bless and guide her family and friends through this difficult time. God bless his newest angel, Niokoa Breeze.

  22. Denny Small at · Reply

    To the Johnson family, I’m sorry for your loss. A life was cut short. Niokoa loved to race. She died doing what she loved. Not many get the chance to do what they love. Her memory will live on. Peace & Love

  23. Brenda Emerson at · Reply

    From one racing family to another (from Maine) – my husband & I heard about your daughter & I felt I needed to write something as we are so sorry for your loss & cannot imagine your pain. You were great parents for letting her live her dream!
    Our daughter was 13 & drove a 4 cylinder dodge neon @ Beechridge Motor Speedway our local track. She was in her 2nd year when she too had a “freak accident” & hit a concrete wall. She has a Traumatic Brain Injury. We are on our 6th year of recovery!
    She tells us all the time it was her choice & she still LOVES racing even though she can’t race again. We will keep you in our thoughts & prayers & God Bless you. Rest in peace NiokoaXO!

  24. Larry Guest at · Reply

    I am sorry for the loss that you have suffered. Nothing I can say will change anything, but I hope it will help in some way to know you are in the thoughts and prayers of someone you’ve never met, but who knows the pain of losing a loved one suddenly.

    In sympathy,

    Larry Guest

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