Gertrude (affectionately known as Aunt Giggie) Johnson died peacefully on December 18, 2012 at the age of 87. Mrs. Johnson was a native of Harnett County, one of eight children born to the late James Prentice and Mollie Pate Parker. Gertrude was predeceased by her loving husband of 36 years, Robert Sexton Johnson, her brothers Preston, Fred and Robert Parker and sisters Margaret Satterfield, Helen Parrish, Evelyn Walls and Inez Weaver.
She and Robert made their home in Lillington and were faithful members of Lillington United Methodist Church. Gertrude loved fellowship with the church ladies/circle and her china painting friends. She was also an active member of the Methodist Youth Fellowship and the adult choir. Gertrude enjoyed flowers, oil painting, china painting, doll making, quilt making and needlepoint. She proved to be an astute business woman–well able to carry on with the farms after Robert’s death.
She attended Hardbargers Business College and Campbell University and retired from work after 25 years at the Harnett County Health Department. Robert and Gertrude did not have any children of their own, but instead loved and helped all their family members, neighbors and friends in countless ways over the years. Gertrude was a much loved matriarch of her family, and the love she gave was unconditional.
Aunt Giggie loved God and all His creation, especially the garden where she kept blooms year round—enough to bring inside to enjoy and enough to share with others. She was a gift giver, especially of flowers, and never visited anyone empty-handed. She blessed many with hand-written notes of encouragement and love and was herself so appreciative and thankful for even the smallest of kindnesses done for her.
In her later years when she could no longer live alone, Gertrude thoroughly enjoyed and was welcome in the homes of her nephews and their wives, Don and Carolyn Walls in Wilmington; Glenn and Linda Weaver in Cary; Jim and Melanie Weaver in Chester, Va.; and in the home of her niece and her husband, Martha and Ralph Martin in Pawley’s Island, S.C.
The family received friends December 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. at O’Quinn-Peebles Funeral Home in Lillington. A celebration of Gertrude’s life was held at 11 a.m. on December 22 at Lillington United Methodist Church with Rev. Jimmie Tatum and Rev. John McIntyre. Interment was at Harnett Memorial Park directly following the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to The V Foundation for Cancer Research, 106 Towerview Court, Cary, NC 27513, 800-454-6698. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.oquinnpeebles.com.