“God gave us memories so that we might have roses in December”.
Born December 14, 1937 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Donnie & Verla Cunningham. She made the journey to her heavenly home on Monday, July 27, 2020 in Chico CA, with the family by her side. As a child her family made their home in Chico where she attended local schools and lived most of her life. She was an active member of her church and played piano for worship, and genuinely loved her Lord. Her many interest included being an avid reader, especially poetry and spending many hours tending to her prized rose bushes of many varieties. Her love of baseball included watching Major League Baseball, attending local baseball/softball games, and following her grandchildren and great grandchildren’s ball games, which took her to several states and playoff games.
She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Allen Johnson. Children: Betty Shoemaker, Don Abernathy, Les Abernathy, and Charlene Rivas all of Chico CA. Debbie Slightom, Durham CA. Cindy Hays, Antelope CA. Stepchildren: Allen Johnson Jr. and Anita Johnson, Ferndale WA. Fourteen grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. Two sisters: Carol Gardner, Donna Thornton, and a brother Reverend Gerald Cunningham. She was preceded in death by her son Billy Abernathy.
The family request any donations be made to Freedom Home Health and Hospice Care for their extraordinary love, care, and support of our Mother. Due to current restrictions, a celebration of her life will be scheduled later.