Opal Stafford Johnson, age 95 of Westerville died Friday, November 13, 2020 in Gahanna, OH.
Born September 26, 1925 at Camp Dix, KY, to the late James and Viola Vergne Stafford. She was the seventh child of nine children. She was a graduate of Laurel High School in 1944, attended St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing affiliated with St. Francis College in Joliet, Illinois graduating in 1948 and is a registered nurse. After graduation she was employed at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Danville, Illinois for five years. In Danville she met and married her husband Richard H. Johnson Jr., in 1949.To this union five children were born: Mary Victoria, Richard III, Kathryn, Paul and Georgia. After raising the children, she returned to nursing and was employed at Harding, a private psychiatric Hospital in Worthington for ten years.
Survivors include Kim Wilson Johnson, mother of Richard IV and Alexander. Suzanne Johnson. Paul (Any Hawk) Johnson. Georgia (Michael) Mahaffey. Ten grandchildren: Richard IV, Alexander Johnson; Rachael and Ashley Hightower; Erica (Sean) Brislin, Amy (Jason) Cooper, Emily Johnson; Jessica Mahaffey; Monica (Matthew) Stewart; Megan (Eric) Finley, Great Grandchildren: James, Georgia Grace, Madeline, Brooklyn, Aiden, Claire and Conor. Ilsa,Lukas, Catie, Cutter, and Scarlett. Sister, Louise Rose of Arrowsmith Illinois, Several wonderful nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband Richard H. Johnson Jr. , infant daughter Mary Victoria, Richard H. Johnson III, daughter-in-law Natalia Stone Johnson, Kathryn Hightower Nov 11, 2001. Three brothers: Woodrow, William and Ralph Stafford. Sisters: Lena Fannin, Evelyn Dummitt, and Bertha Dummitt Applegate. Virginia Sowards.
Opal was a member of St. Paul Parish in Westerville, OH since 1961 and active in many functions and charities including St. John/Holy Rosary soup kitchen. She too was a volunteer for 25 years for Birthright of Columbus and served on the Board of Trustees.
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING CALLING HOURS: Due to Covid 19, EVERYONE wishing to attend calling hours MUST call HILL FUNERAL HOME at 614-882-2121 between 8:30 am and 5 pm to reserve one of the 30 minute time slots starting at 4 PM until 6 PM, Wednesday, November 18, 2020. Masks are mandatory. NO EXCEPTIONS. Only 25 registered people will be permitted in the building at a time.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM, Thursday, November 19, 2020 at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 313 N. State St. Westerville. Interment will be at Resurrection Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Birthright of Columbus 2453 W Mound St, Columbus, OH 43204.