Edna Mae Frances (Alexander) Johnson  1925-2022


Edna Mae Frances (Alexander) Johnson was born Sept. 16, 1925 in Lone Oak and went home to meet Jesus on Nov. 28, 2022 at age 97. 

She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Virgil Johnson; daughter, Carolin Wheeler; granddaughter, Christy Cannon; brothers Ernie, Henry, Thurman and Gerald Alexander; sister, Era Alexander; and sons-in-law, Jimmy Cook and Tony Wheeler.

She is survived by Elaine Cook of Mesquite, Darlene Green and husband David of Mineola and Wayne Johnson and wife Shirley of Mineola. 

She is also the proud Granny of 12 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and 22 great-great-grandchildren. 

Edna grew up in the Redland Community. She attended Macedonia Baptist Church, Macedonia Common School and Mineola High School. She married her childhood sweetheart, Virgil Johnson, on Oct. 27, 1940.

When Virgil entered the Army in 1942 to serve in World War II, she moved to Dallas, working for the North American Aviation Company as a “Rosie the Riveter,” helping to make P51 Mustang fighters. 

Mrs. Johnson and her husband Virgil were proprietors of Alexander Grocery & Market on South Pacific Street for almost a quarter-century from 1961 until just before Virgil’s death in 1986. Through this store, she and her husband provided dedicated and caring service to many families in South Mineola during that time. She faithfully attended several churches throughout her life including Methodist, Baptist and non-denominational congregations. She lived the final 30 years of her life with her daughter, Elaine, in Mesquite.

She is remembered by her grandchildren and others who knew her as loving, fiercely protective and possessing a wonderfully sarcastic sense of humor. 

Pallbearers were grandsons and great-grandsons, Jerry Don Green, Kevin Johnson, Drew Cook, Alex Cook, Jacob Jourdan, Caleb Cannon, Dakota Green, Jacob Green, Dylan Jourdan and Colton Green.  

Funeral services were Thursday, Dec. 1 at New Hope Baptist Church. Burial was at Turner Cemetery in the Redland Community with Bro. Fred Morrow officiating.

Memorial gifts are encouraged to be made in her honor to the church or charity of your choice.