Linda Johnson

2/10/2010

Linda Jacqueline (Sims) Johnson, age 64, of Evansville, Ind., went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on February 10, 2010 at 2:07 a.m.  She died at Indianapolis Methodist Hospital from complications due to amyloidosis.    
She was born June 9, 1945 in Martin County, Ind to Meredith Lowell Sims and Jacqueline Louise (Gather) Sims.  She married Ronad Dean Johnson on June 16, 1962, and he survives.  Linda was a 1963 graduate of Shoals High School and received a Bachelors Degree in Church Ministries from Liberty University in 1994.  She was known for her beautiful singing voice and artistic talents.  She sang in various groups and churches throughout her life bringing hope and inspiration to many.  
Linda was very honored to have been called into the ministry.  She pastored at Cropsey UMC and Strawn UMC both in Illinois  She also served as chaplain at Evenglow Lodge in Pontiac.  
She is survived by her husband, Ronald Johnson of Evansville; two daughters Tammy Nolan and husband Jim of Evansville and Lisa Rush and husband Greg of Rockfield Ind., one sister Betty Downs and husband Larry of Shoals, Ind, three brothers Stanly Sims and wife Charlene of Shoals, Stephen Sims and wife Jean of Odon, Merrill Sims of Columbus Ohio;  nine grandchildren, Sharayah and Micha Red Elk, Joshua Rush, Trent, Ryan, Austin, Travis, Alex and Jackson Nolan, three step-grandchildren, Emily (Nolan) Wing, Ashley (Nolan) White and Amanda (Nolan) Barrett; five step-great grandchildren, Lexi and Gavin Wing, Lily and Sam White and Jason Barrett.  She was preceeded in death by her parents, one sister; Janet Anne Sims; two sisters in law, Opha Sims and Chris Sims. 
A memorial service was held at St James West United Methodist Church where Linda was a member.  The service was held February 13.  Visitation was also held her her hometown of Shoals on February 14 at Lee's Funeral Home.  Funeral was February 15 at the Dover Hill Christian Union Church with burial at Mt Union Cemetery in Loogootee.