Leaounda Johnson, 93, of St. Charles, Mo., formerly of Granite City, passed away at her home Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015.
She was born on Feb. 14, 1922, a daughter of the late Ralph W. and Etta Lea (McElmurry) Deaver.
She was an elementary school teacher for more than 40 years and taught school throughout Illinois, retiring from Parkview School in Granite City in 1979. Leaounda was a member of 3rd Baptist Church in Granite City, where she was a Sunday School Teacher. She gave countless hours visiting shut-ins and enjoyed many hours of giving her time and talents to Protestant Welfare. Leaounda was a huge St. Louis Cardinals fan and loved to travel, especially with her husband, Lowell. She loved her church family, but most of all she loved her family. Her family and friends will remember Leaounda for her kind and generous heart and all the special times they shared together.
She is survived by and will be missed by her children, Ron D. and (Donna) Johnson of St. Charles, Mo., Dr. Cheryl L. and (Steve) Compton of St. Charles, Mo., Vicki L. and (John) Royce of Granite City; grandchildren, Darren Compton, Matthew and (Melissa) Johnson, Megan and (Steve) Hutson, Maggie and (Mike) Lucas, Jonathan Royce and Joshua Royce; great-grandchildren, Makenzie Lucas, Madalyn Lucas, Kennedy Johnson, Cameron Johnson, Clare Johnson, Charley Johnson and Elle Hutson; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members and friends.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lowell C. Johnson, whom she married on Aug. 23, 1946; her brother, Ralp W. Deaver; and her infant sister, Jewel Deaver.
Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. In celebration of her life, visitation will continue from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, at Unity Baptist Church (Suburban Baptist Church), 2500 St. Clair Ave., in Granite City with Pastor Mark Powell officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. Memorials are suggested to 3rd Baptist Church in Granite City.