Daisy Louise (Dixon) Johnson, 93, was born Oct. 8, 1928, to William Calvin and Opal Genevieve (Phillips) Dixon. At that time the family was in Lincoln, NB, where her dad was working to harvest corn. She was the second child and only girl of three children. Daisy grew up in the Sand Hill community of Cedar County where she lived on the family farm and attended elementary school. She went on to graduate from Stockton High School in 1946 . Daisy testified to being saved as a teenager at the Stockton Missionary Baptist Church while they were singing “The Old Time Religion”. She was then baptized with her brothers after her entire family joined the church.
Daisy met her soon to be husband of 53 years, Paul Johnson, when he drove a tractor her dad had purchased, to their home. Paul was a farm boy from Caplinger Mills. They were united in marriage on Jan. 20, 1947 at the Justice of the Peace in Fort Scott, KS. From that day forward, they were like “cream and sugar”, always together. They had three children, Richard Eugene (December 1947), Paul Edward (March 1949) and a little girl, Kathy Darlene (September 1953). Most of their time was spent on the farm, raising their three children, being with family and going to church.
Shortly after they were married, Paul was saved, and later called to preach. He fought that calling, but once he surrendered himself to the Lord, it became the center of their life. Daisy supported her husband in his efforts with her consistent attendance and her prayers. They loved going to church and most of their closest friends were church family. Even through the hardest of times, she was always by his side.
Daisy also helped Paul in the insurance business; she helped with keeping the books, filing, cleaning and visiting with clients. These people were more than clients, they became friends. Daisy continued to go to the insurance office with her daughter, Kathy, after Paul died until the last year of her life when her health declined.
No one was a stranger to Daisy; if she didn’t know someone, she would introduce herself, welcoming them into her life. She never lacked for friends. She was kind, generous, positive and always ready to go somewhere. She was a hard worker no matter what the task, tackling almost anything, especially if things weren’t getting done as quickly as she wanted. Daisy was an immaculate housekeeper, always ready to show off her home. The granddaughters remember, “everything has a place, and everything in its place”. As one of the best cooks around, invitations to dinner were always readily accepted. She tended garden, canned, helped Paul with the yardwork, and sewed for her children when they were young at home. She took an interest in her appearance, always looking stylish.
Daisy was very community minded; helping with 4-H when her children were growing up; helped with elections, volunteered at the local nursing home and senior center, attended community groups in Caplinger, and the Shady Hill Club, and she supported the TOPS group. Daisy even served as road commissioner after Paul died.
In their retirement years, Paul and Daisy enjoyed taking several bus trips, always making friends wherever they went. When Paul died in October of 2000 of a sudden heart attack. Daisy continued to live independently until 2018 when her daughter, Kathy, moved into her home with her. The family helped with her care until her admission to the nursing home in May 2022. Dementia related issues brought about her death on July 14, 2022, while residing at the Community Springs Nursing Home in El Dorado Springs. Daisy was a strong and determined woman until the very end.
Daisy was preceded in death by her husband, Paul, one son, Eugene, parents and two brothers, Lester Dixon and Jerald Dixon.
Surivors include her two remaining children, Eddie Johnson (Debbie), and Kathy Crain (Tom), both of Stockton; grandchildren: Jennie Dunagan (Doyle), Ryeder and Treyce; Sarah Sharp (Jonathan) and Sophia, Melissia Goldsmith (Darren), Alyson, Jilyan, Richard, and Isaac, Shawn Crain, Genia Daniels (Kenney), Shelby Abercrombie (Jordan) and Gracie, Ashton Roberts (Matthew), Rich Johnson (Kelly) and Hailey. Daisy had numerous friends, neighbors, cousins, nieces and nephews which she dearly loved. She will be missed, but remembered with love.

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