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Memorial Service

Council Grove/Dunlap United Methodist Church
Friday September 23rd, 2022

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Patricia Lou Johnson

Patricia Lou “Trish” Maxfield Johnson lost her battle with cancer on September 14, 2022. Trish was born November 11, 1946, in Emporia, Kansas, to Marvin Leonard and Mary Lou Ketteman Maxfield, the oldest of five children.  

Trish attended Admire Elementary School, Northern Heights High School and Kansas State Teachers College. Trish married Patrick Lou Johnson August 29, 1964, in Emporia, KS.  They had two children: Jeffrey and Debra.

In 1964, Trish resumed college classes, completing her BSE in Spring of 1979.  She began a Master’s program in special education and taught an elementary special education class in Emporia Public Schools.  With Master’s completed Trish began studying for a Specialist’s degree in School Psychology. She started fall 1986 in 501 Topeka Public Schools as a school psychologist.  

Trish retired in 2011, to relax with Pat at their home on the Council Grove City Lake.  Together, they loved traveling with friends and visiting their children and grandchildren.  Trish also enjoyed playing bridge with friends. 

She was an active member at First United Methodist Church in Emporia, adult Sunday School teacher, VBS youth teacher, Women’s Circle leader and Youth Group leader.  In retirement an active member at Council Grove United Methodist Church as lay leader and two years working with God’s Kids.  Trish was also a volunteer with CASA for several years and a High School mentor.

Trish was preceded by her parents.  She is survived by her husband Pat Johnson; son, Jeffrey Johnson and wife Dawn, of CO; daughter Debra Fulton and husband Jerry, of TX; grandchildren: Steven and Breanna Day; sisters: Bonnie Sue Brunk (CA), Rebecca Jo Skinner (Edward) and brothers: John Marvin (Lorna) and James Leonard.

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We were saddened to hear of Aunt Trish's passing. We know that she was an active member in the church and community, and we hope that there are many people rallying around you at this time. While we cannot all be there for her celebration of life, please know that we are thinking of you!

Tim, Taylor, & Belle Johnson Sep 23 2022 12:20 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Patricia Johnson

Jennifer Stansbury Sep 21 2022 8:42 PM

So sorry to hear of Trish's passing. I always enjoyed talking with her about growing up in Lyon county and talking books with her as well. She will be missed.

Shannon Reid-Wheat Sep 20 2022 4:39 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Patricia Johnson

Carol Lee Sep 19 2022 1:04 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Patricia Johnson

Carol Lee Sep 19 2022 1:01 AM

Jeff and Debbie,
I'm so sorry to hear about your mom. I have many memories of her from high school days.
My thoughts are with you all during this time. ❤️

Cora (Coree) Fleming

Cora Fleming Sep 18 2022 9:14 AM

We shared the same birthday and remember good times at Northern Heights High School.
Donna Thomas Malik

Donna Malik Sep 16 2022 3:57 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Patricia Johnson

Rodney and Patty Whitaker Sep 16 2022 3:20 PM