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Originally published: 2014-02-19 09:14:21
Last modified: 2014-02-19 09:15:07

Jeanette Welch Johnson

Mrs. Jeanette Welch Johnson, 62, of 111 Church Hollow Road, Boone, the Foscoe community, died Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, at her home surrounded by her family.

Jeanette was born July 29, 1951, in Watauga County, a daughter of the late Authur Marion Welch and Irene Townsend Welch.

She was employed by Shadowline for many years, but most recently was Manager for Creekside Group Home through Watauga Opportunities, where she touched the lives of many people.

Jeanette was a lifelong member of Holy Communtion Lutheran Church and served faithfully. She had a special place in her heart for the Sunday school program, which she served for many years.

Jeanette's passion was her family, and most of all her grandchildren. She had a heart that was happiest when she knew she was helping someone else. Jeanette enjoyed watching her grandchildren grow and spoiling them. She will be missed by many.

Jeanette is survived by her loving husband and companion of 44 years, Hughie L. Johnson of the home; two sons, Kevin S. Johnson and wife, Rita, of Granite Falls, and Brian C. Johnson and wife, Veronica, of Boone; three granddaughters, Jennifer Johnson of Granite Falls and her fiance, Nat Auten, of Hickory, Brooke Johnson of Granite Falls, and Sophie Johnson of Boone; one grandson, Brock Johnson of Granite Falls; two brothers, William David Welch and wife, Marilyn, of Zionville, and Charles "Eddie" Welch and wife, Betty, of Boone; one sister, Pat Welch Townsend and husband, J.B., of Boone; and her mother-in-law, Daisy Johnson of Banner Elk. She is also survived by a number of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Jeanette Welch Johnson will be conducted at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at Holy Communion Lutheran Church. The body will lie in state at the church from 2 to 3 p.m.. Officiating will be Pastor David Mielke. Burial will follow in Holy Communion Lutheran Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Hampton Funeral Service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Holy Communion Lutheran Church Education Fund, 1525 Clarks Creek Road, Banner Elk, N.C. 28604.

Online condolences may be sent to the Johnson family at

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.