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  • Visitation:  2-4 & 6-8 p.m.  Monday
  • Funeral:  1:00 p.m.  Tuesday

Ms. Katherine D. Kay Johnson-Damazo, age 46, of rural Sheridan, passed away early Thursday morning, Aug. 28, 2008 under the loving care of her family and Ionia Area Hospice at her brother’s home near Sheridan. The daughter of Leona (Field) & Richard Johnson, Sr., she was born on Sept. 14, 1961 in Lakeview and earned her diploma from Greenville Public Schools. For 17 years she was employed at the former Gibson Refrigerator Company and had been a member of UAW Local 137.

Kay enjoyed helping her Mom care for her many animals, but most of all delighted in spending time with her family especially her grandchildren and nieces and nephews. She was a fan of demolition derbys and of NASCAR racing.

She was preceded in death by her father, Richard Johnson, Sr.; brother, Benjamin Johnson; and a brother-in-law, Robert Boyce. Surviving are her mother, Leona Johnson of Sheridan; three children, Chasity M. & Michael Lester of Greenville, Michael & Rachel Palmer, and Timothy Bartlett, all of Sheridan; three grandchildren, Darielle James, Morgan Lester, and James Cooper; two sisters, Nora Johnson of Greenville, and Pauline & Alan Howell of Elizabethon, Tennessee; three brothers, Richard & Carrie Johnson, Jr. of Sheridan, Tim & Char Johnson of Belding, and William & Kim Mills of Sheridan; three step-sisters, Patricia & Loren Field of Sheridan, Linette & Don Morrisey, and Darlene Mills, all of Grand Rapids; a step-brother, George William & Holly Mills of Grand Rapids; several nieces and nephews including special great nieces, Brook and Bionka Boyce, and great nephew, Hunter Mills.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008 at the Brown-Teman & Christiansen Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, with Pastor Ken Harger of Shiloh Community Church officiating. Burial will follow at South Sidney Cemetery.

Visitation is Monday from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home, where envelopes for memorial contributions are available. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Kays online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit: www.christiansen-fh.com


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  1. Anonymous on August 28, 2008 at 12:00 am

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    04/11/2012 –

    Pollianna Mills

    We all miss you so much Aunt Kay. Dad and Grandma miss you the most. Dad was very heartbroken when he found out that you had passed. He really wishes that he would have been able to say goodbye to his Sister, and Best Friend. WE LOVE YOU BUNCHES AND BUNCHES AUNT KAY :)


    09/19/2008 –

    chasity lester

    may you forever be in the hearts of all your loved ones.
    i know that you will always be in mine as well as morgan’s. along with tim, mike and darielle.
    be forever in peace.
    i love you momma, always and forever. or as morgan has always said bunches and bunches forever and ever.
    until the day we meet again, i say good bye for now. but always keep an ear out for me, for i will always be thinking and hurting over the loss of you, so i will always need to say or speak to you, my sadness and love for you. for my heart aches for all that was lost and for all that will never be.
    i love and miss you momma. you will always be in my heart, thoughts,memories, and prayers. in everything that i do, or say i will have you right with me.
    Forever your daughter, Chasity Mae and Micheal Lester
    Forever your grandaughter, Morgan Rai Lester
    Forever your sons,
    Michael Palmer, granddaughter Darielle James
    Timothy Bartlett, and grandson, James Michael

    Forever you will be in our hearts, memories, thoughts and prayers.
    I LOVE YOU MOMMA!!! I will never forget you!!!!


    09/19/2008 –

    chasity lester

    there are so many questions and thoughts that i still have for you, so many secrets and ideas so many words that i can only tell you in my heart and prayers, i hope that you’re listening, everyday i think of something else, that i wanted to tell you, or share with you. and everyday i pray that you’re hearing what i have to say. the most constant is that i love you, that i wish we could roll back time, so that everything was back to the way it used to be, when you were here with us. but, alas i know that i won’t see you again until its my turn to join you. until that day momma, hear my sadness but do not be saddened yourself for i really do know that one day we will be together again, this time with no animosity, for i will be so glad to meet up with you again.


    09/19/2008 –

    chasity lester

    until we meet again momma, please remember how much i love you, how much mike and tim love you and most of all how your grandchildren ALWAYS loved you. i think i am the most sad for them because they never had a chance to know and grow to love you even more than they already did. many people will miss you for many loved you very much. i can’t say that any one person loved you more than another, or will miss you more than another, but know that i will think of you everyday both of the good and bad, the happy and the sad, and will probably cry for all, you will always be a part of me, i will see you through myself in the mirror and i will see you through all of your grandchildren.may you be eternally at peace and be forever painfree. i hope that you watch over us and see how we grow as people and as individuals a like.


    09/19/2008 –

    chasity lester

    i hope he is taking good care of you now, i know in my heart that you are finally home and at peace as well as pain free. i just miss you so much already. its so hard to explain to my morgan why i am always so sad, because despite my head telling me your safe and painfree, my heart wants to be greedy and selfish and have you back, even if i know that its impossible to do. we left so many things unsaid and undone. all i ask is that you look over us, and hear our cries of sadness over you, but also hear our times of happiness and know that in our hearts we are sharing them with you as well. i am very saddened to have you gone but pleased to know that you are probably up there whooping it up with old friends and family.


    09/19/2008 –

    chasity lester

    i love you and one day i hope to greet you again with arms wide open. i would give an arm just to see you one more time, to hear your voice, to hug you. may you forever know that you’re in our hearts and thoughts. morgan asks about you everyday, wondering if she can talk to the angels and you too, i have to tell her that one day we all will be able to do that, but that for now she needs to remember you and think of you and you will always be near when she does. i don’t think she fully understands but she knows that she can’t talk to you on the phone and that disappoints her tremendously. she does however have a picture that she carries with her of her and grandma, she even carries it in her backpack to school. you will always be missed and thought of dearly. may god always cherish you the way you were meant to be cherished.


    09/19/2008 –

    chasity lester

    mom, not a day has gone by that i haven’t thought of you. your birthday was a few days ago, and all i wanted to do was be near you. i catch my self thinking about calling you or talking to you, and i always reach for the phone, only to stop just short to realize that you are no longer there to talk to. so i talk to you through my heart, something we never really achieved in life. i am so sorry that we never really gave each other the chance to make things right between us, sorry that it ended too soon for you, and before we could be the way we were meant to be like. i’m saddened by the thought that no matter what goes on in my life i can no longer share that with you. stuff like morgan’s first day of school, her first haircut, my graduation from college, or even a birthday. i miss you every day, its hard for me to accept your gone physically but you are always in my heart. i dug out a picture the other day of you and all three grandkids, it made me cry to know that you are missing out on so much already. the only thing that has really kept me at peace is to know that i no longer have to see you suffering the way you were, you didn’t deserve such pain and heartache. youwill be forever in my heart momma.


    09/11/2008 –

    mom

    Kay, My daughter,my friend,my companion.The house is so empty without you.Just like the passenger side seatin the truck!The many times we went to Nora’s and you snuck candy to Brook And Bionka when you weren’t suppose to saying”What Nana don’t know wont hurt her”. I am so alone now since you’re gone.We had our bad days,we had our good.I listened to you -your joy, your sadness and your sorrow. I knew you better than anyone the 24 hours a day,7 days a week. You were so full of pain, Physical painas well as your mental-your heartfelt pain. No one can steal fromyou nor can anyone use you anymore. I know God will put his judgementon them.For your in his care now.I will love and miss you forever.My heart cries for you, but i also know you are free from heartache andpain,abuse and neglect! If others could have known you like i have, my daughter,my friend , my companion. Sadness i have my memories will stay alive for the time we spent together. Love You Always, Mom (Leona K. Johnson)


    09/05/2008 –

    Darlene Mills


    09/04/2008 –

    Connie

    Kay you helped me out a few times. You were never afraid to speak your mind, to get your point across. You were always so brazen and bold this I admired you for. You were sure to help someone out, if it was within your means to. Your family ment everything to you. You will be deeply missed, but always in our hearts. Rest in peace cousin.


    09/04/2008 –

    Connie Wright

    Although we were not close,you helped me out in afew situations. For that I want to thank you. I love the way you were never afraid to speak your mind, to tell some one how you felt.You were very brazen and bold for that I admired you.Family ment alot to you. You would help anyone out if, you had the means to. Kay you will be sadly missed. Thank you for being apart of my life. The times I remember with you will be cherished memories. Rest in peace cousin.


    09/02/2008 –

    charlene rose

    Always tell your family that you love them . Never hold grudges because you never know how long your time is on earth.god has a plan for everyone from the time they are born til death. The angels have called her home. Love your cousin charlene.


    09/02/2008 –

    chasity lester

    life has been so unfair, to lose you has been my own personal hell. there were so many things to say and do yet, now we will never have the opportunity, just know that you will always be in my heart, dreams and memories. of which i will always share with your granddaughters. be forever in peace mom, watch over us, protect us and always know that we miss you. i love you mom. wait for us, but enjoy your time with the other members of our family, share with them how much we miss and think of them everyday. for now we must do the same for you. I hope your at peace now. you fought long and hard and i know you did it for us. now is your turn for peace and no pain. i will never forget you mom.morgan will always know who grandma kay is and was, we’ll never forget…… micheal, chasity and morgan rai lester


    09/02/2008 –

    Tracey Stephens

    My sympathies go to your family members–I met you through your sister Pauline–her and I become really good friends’–so I know how much you meant to her and the rest of your family–at least the pain is gone and your off to build a better life in a better place that someday the rest of your loved ones will join and reunite with you and other loved ones that left this world way too soon!! Even the little time I knew you Kay-we laughed–told a few short stories and that makes me a better person for knowing you!! Take care and ride on the wings of the angels!!!


    09/02/2008 –

    La Familia Damaso

    AíSiempre pensando de ti TA¡a Kay! AíTe Amo Mucho!
    Always thinking about you Aunt Kay!


    09/01/2008 –

    alyssa

    AuntKay you are so very dearly missed not only by me but the girls and the hole family too.We have shed many tears away,But you know this is not washy by farfor any of us.We love and miss you but at least we all know you are in a better place and know that you are no longer suffering.I am really upset that you are gone but i will always have you here close to my heart.I love you Aunt Kay and you are dearly missed.


    09/01/2008 –

    Jose, Rosario Damaso

    -Memories of Aunt Kay- How do you put into words the loss of a loved one, You want to scream at the top of your lungs, Because you miss them, Like I miss her, I want a lot of things in life, Now I see life is to short, To have one last hug, One last kiss goodnight, All I have now are my memories from the past, That I hold on today and for ever, And if you can hear me Auntie, I promise I wont live in fear, Beacuse I know you’ll always be near, Watching over us, Just hear my last words, I love you and I miss you


    08/30/2008 –

    nora

    Losing You It hurts us so bad, When we loose the ones we love; Yet we all move on, With a little push and shove. We trying to let you go, But it’s killing us inside; Are pain is ever so ending And doesn’t want to subside.
    How could we loose you, When you meant alot to us Are hearts bleeds everyday, When it’s only you we see.
    Here lies your grave, Where words are too hard to say; So rest in peace, As we think of you. . .this very day. we never thought your sickness was this bad Until it was too late; You had gone away, And faced your fate.
    Now we say my farewell, And leave you here; we die inside, With so much to fear.


    08/29/2008 –

    maryann

    GOD SPEED KAY !!


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