Viola Mae (Palmer) Johnson | 1889-1958
This blog series explores the lives of Johnson ancestors as revealed in their obituaries. Much of this information was gathered during a March 2011 research trip to Tuscarawas and Harrison counties in Ohio. A scan of the obituary is available at the bottom of this post.
From the Times-Reporter (Dover/New Philadelphia), Friday, Aug. 16, 1958 :
Mrs. Charles Johnson
Mrs. Viola Mae Johnson, 69, of 448 Kelly St. NW, a resident of New Philadelphia for 47 years, died unexpectedly at 4 a.m. today at Union Hospital of a heart attack an hour after she was admitted. She had suffered several previous attacks.
She was born in Scio, the daughter of George and Amanda Cummings Palmer and was a member of the First Methodist Church, the VFW Auxiliary and the Blue Star Mothers.
Survivors include her husband, Charles; four sons, Thomas of Glendale, Ariz., William and Floyd of New Philadelphia and Floyd of Cleveland; three daughters, Mrs. Ernest Knisely of Ravenna, Mrs. DeLoyce Fitzgerald of Uhrichsville and Mrs. Donald Foutz of Dover; 23 grandchildren; and a brother, Robert Palmer of Scio.
Two sons, Joseph and Carl, drowned in separate accidents, and a third son, Charles, died in 1939 after he fractured his neck in a swimming accident.
Services will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the Linn-Hert Funeral Home with Rev. John Freiling officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Burial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. VFW Auxiliary Services will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday.
What else was going on in the world Aug. 16, 1958? Actress Angela Bassett and singer Madonna were born. The number one song in the country was “Poor Little Fool,” by Ricky Nelson, to be replaced at the top the next day by “Volare”. Elvis Presley’s mother, Gladys, is buried.