Edith Parker Johnson, 86, of Lynn Hill Drive in Boone passed away on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at the home of her son in Boone.

She was born on April 27, 1928 in Watauga County, the daughter of Raymond and Margaret (Maggie) Houck Parker. She was the wife of Walter Raleigh Johnson, Jr.

Although she held many positions in her life, Edith was first and foremost a loving wife, mother, and later a grandmother and great-grandmother. Her family was always her first love and primary focus and she delighted in caring for them, giving them things, and talking about them with great pride.

As the wife of a college professor, Edith was heavily involved in the college community at Wingate University. She also held multiple positions at varied business establishments over the years, ending with the role of caregiver for a dear friend in the last few months of their life.

She was an avid gardener and was known for her beautiful gardens and flower arrangements. One of her favorite hobbies was scouting out sales, bargains, and yard sales to find countless treasures for everyone she loved.

Survivors include two sons, Walter Raleigh Johnson, III and wife Leslie of Sugar Grove, and John Roby Johnson and wife Cherry of Boone; one granddaughter, Lydia Coffman and husband Jerrod of Raleigh; four grandsons, Adam Johnson (Ethan Taylor) and wife Jodie Taylor of Boone, Phillip Johnson and friend Ashleigh Bretz of Raleigh, Micah Johnson and wife Jessica of Hickory, and Matthew Johnson of Boone; two step-granddaughters, Loren and Sofia Ward, both of Sugar Grove; five great-grandsons, Cody and Jathan Coffman of Raleigh, Connor and Parker Johnson of Hickory, and Jackson Roper of Boone, and one great-granddaughter, Kara Taylor of Boone; one sister, Jewel Parker Lewis and husband Carl of Boone, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was tenderly cared for in the last months of her life by five wonderful caregivers, Sheila Triplett, Lillian White, Diane Harmon, Emily Yates, and Valerie Kelley.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Raleigh Johnson, Jr.; three brothers, James Burl Parker, Larry Raymond Parker, and Don Max Parker; and four sisters, Edna Parker Taylor, Vera Parker Brown, and Eula Parker Harmon, and Pauline (Polly) Parker Howell Hildebran.

Memorial services for Edith Parker Johnson will be conducted Friday afternoon, May 30th, at 3:00 pm, at First Baptist Church of Boone. The body will lie in state, at the church, from 1:00 until 3:00 o'clock. Officiating will be Pastor Roy Dobyns and Reverend Herbert Hash. Graveside services will follow in Forest Grove Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Friday, May 30th, from 1:00 to 2:30 at First Baptist Church, of Boone.

Online condolences may be sent to the Johnson family at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com.

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.

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