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Lula Mae (Chappal) Johnson

by Minden Press-Herald

Lula Mae Johnson, a resident of Sibley, went home to the Lord March 9, 2015, in Kansas City, Missouri with her family.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Robert Johnson Sr.; youngest son, Grady Johnson; siblings, Lonnie Jr., Albert, Jessie B. and Alice; parents, Lonnie and Eddie Mae Chappal; and grandparents, Grandpa Ed and Nordillia Conley.

Lonnie and Eddie Mae Chappal welcomed their precious baby girl into the world Feb. 12, 1923, in Sibley as the last addition to the family. Lula Mae had two brothers, Lonnie Jr. and Albert and two sisters, Jessie B. and Alice.

In 1938, she met and married Robert Johnson Sr., the love of her life. Soon after, they began a family and welcomed their oldest daughter, Jessie Mae on Sept. 2, 1939. The family continued to grow, with the birth of their second daughter, Annie Mae, April 8, 1941, and two sons, Robert Jr. Jan, 25, 1944 and Grady Dec. 10, 1948.

Lula worked as a homemaker, caring for her children while they were young. As they grew older, she began to work outside the home as a store clerk. She was passionate about cooking and baking. Lula never met a stranger, and was always willing to help anyone in need.

Lula Mae was an active member of Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Sibley. She will be remembered for her tireless work in the ministry where she served as president of the Usher Board, president of the Mission Department and coordinator for the Hospitality Department, where she helped feed the church members and honored guests. She also served as a member of the District Usher Board and Mission Department.

She is survived by three children, daughter, Jessie Mae Franklin and son, Robert Johnson Jr. both of Kansas City, Missouri, daughter-in-law, L. Jean Johnson and daughter, Annie Mae Jackson, of Minden.

She is also survived by her extended family including nieces, Judy Brockman and Betty Green; her nephew, WIllie Walker Sr.; her goddaughters, Martha K. Thomas, Ola K. West, Mary K. Kennon, Wilma B. Kinsey and Lanie T. K. Ford; her godfamily, the Darkins family; and a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral arrangements will be at 11 a.m., Saturday March 21, 2015, at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, 241 S.E. Claiborne Avenue, Sibley, LA 71073 with the Rev. James A. Landfair officiating.

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