Rebecca Johnny Jolley went home to Jesus on November 2, 2019, at age 88, at the Baptist Home in Ironton, Missouri.
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Johnny, as all her friends and family called her, was born to James Allen Monroe Bird and Nora Z. (Welcher) Bird on August 20, 1931 in Petit Jean Mountain, Arkansas.
In addition to being a dedicated, loving mother and grandmother, Johnny also loved attending church, reading and studying her Bible as well as cooking, knitting, needlepoint and working crossword puzzles. She gave her heart to Christ in 1950 at Bismarck First Baptist Church. She hosted many Bible studies in her home, as well as, taught Sunday School. Johnny was a mighty prayer warrior for many young women in her life. She was a member of Corner Stone Baptist Church, Jefferson City, MO.
Johnny graduated from Ricso High School in 1949. She completed all of her ground school qualifications for her pilots license in the 1960’s. In 1992 Johnny enrolled and completed Art classes at Lincoln University, Jefferson City.
She was employed by the Missouri Department of Tourism as a receptionist until her retirement in 2011. Prior to that she served as a waitress.
In 1949 she married Jack Palmer Knight who proceeded her death. In 1976 she married Virgil A. Thomas Jolley in Las Vegas, Nevada. He proceeded her in death in 1994.
She is survived by: daughters, Jacqulyn Lee Allen, Jefferson City, and Janice (Tim) Clay, Holts Summit; four grandchildren, Cassandra Leone, Las Vegas, NV, Michael Davenport, Holts Summit, Thomas Allen, Springfield, and Rory Clay, Jackson, MS. She was also blessed with 7 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Johnny joins her parents, along with her five sisters Anna DuBois, Lucille Shaw, Imogene Babb, Mary Saunders and Frankie Pellicer, who have already made their way home to heaven.
Visitation will be held Saturday, November 9, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Cornerstone Baptist Church, Jefferson City, MO. A celebration of Johnny’s life will begin at noon at the church. Interment will be in the Hawthorn Memorial Gardens, Jefferson City, MO.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to the Baptist Home, Ironton, MO.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.