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Obituary ~ Cosie (Jones) Johnson
November 13, 1880 ~ September 03, 1941

The Lamoni Chronicle
Lamoni, Decatur County, Iowa
Thursday, September 11, 1941, Page 1

Cosie, the oldest child of Grant and Sarah Jones, was born near Davis City, Iowa, November 13, 1880. Even in childhood she exhibited the characteristics of an able mind, and a courageous spirit which were to lend themselves to all the activities of her life. As the oldest in the family, she carried responsibilities in the care of the younger children, and pioneered in setting an example both in school and in conduct for them to follow.

She learned early and a 16 years of age taught her first school. After two short terms of teaching, she attended Graceland College for a year, and afterwards taught for four more years.

On March 5th, 1913, she was united in marriage to Ralph W. Johnson, of Nova Scotia, whom she had met at Graceland. After a short stay in Nova Scotia, they returned to Iowa and have made their home in or near Lamoni ever since. Six children blessed their home, all of whom survive: Winona (Mrs. Ronald Hunt), of Rosalie, Neb.; Rodney, of Camp Claiborne, Louisiana; Grant, of Waterloo; Alice (Mrs. Dale Coffman), of Des Moines; Helen, who has been working in Des Moines; and Anna Pearl, at home.

Hers has been a busy life, rearing the children, caring for the home, also ready to help in neighborhood clubs and in the homes of the friends who needed her. It has not always been an easy life. In 1917, when her two older children were very small, her husband was called into the nation's service. Shortly thereafter the third child was born. Left with the care of the farm and her little children, she carried on and kept things going until Ralph returned from over seas. Post war depression, land deflation and the late depression, all increased the hazards and the struggle. Not once did she complain or shirk from her tasks - hers was the courage and the bright outlook that gave strength to her own efforts and stimulated others to their best endeavors. She had the happy faculty of making all who worked with her feel that theirs was and important part in every task they undertook. Her children felt that inspiration as did her brothers and sisters, everyone pays tribute to that trait in her.

One of the clubs she helped to foster was named in her honor. The following was written by the club in tribute to her memory:

"In 1939 a club was organized in our community. It was through our very dear friend and neighbor, Cosie Johnson, that we organized.

"Cosie was elected president of our club and we named it for her, 'The Kozy Korner Klub.' She was also leader of our district for the farm bureau work and was much interested in both the farm bureau and the club work. The weather was neither too cold or too hot for Cosie to attend these meetings and we fell that much good was done through her in bringing the women of our [her?] sunny disposition and cheerful presence [which] will be a very sacred memory in our hearts. She was a wonderful example.

"Cosie has gone upstairs and closed the door;
"We won't see her here anymore.
"But the life she lived with us,
"Leads to a higher place we trust;
"And if we travel Cosie's way,
"The club will meet again some day."

(Written by Ethel Hembry in behalf of the Kozy Korner Klub).

She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in 1934 and always did her utmost in helping and supporting the work of that organization. Some of her duties in recent years have been as chairman of the Americanism, and as Chaplain.

As a girl she joined the Re-organized Church and faithfully did her part in all ways possible. She helped the church and in turn found help in rearing her family, all of whom were baptized in the church.

She passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, September 3, 1941. Besides her husband, children and three grandchildren, she leaves to mourn; her aging parents, four sisters and five brothers, Lewis, of Creston; Christy (Mrs. Geo. Banister), near Lamoni; Lonso, of Warrensburg, Mo.; David, of Los Angeles, Calif.; Elsa (Mrs. John Taylor), of Independence, Mo.; Hazel (Mrs. John Uthoff), of Iowa City; Donald, of Iowa City; Gertrude (Mrs. Howard Ulrey), of Lamoni; and Gerald, of Los Angeles.

Here was a courageous, dauntless spirit. It does not seem real that she is gone. She would be the last to yield [clipped] weep in loneliness but feel the strength of the spirit that was hers and which still abides.

R. A. Ballantyne was the officiating minister and was assisted by Fred Ballantyne.

[Interment was made at Rose Hill Cemetery, Lamoni, Iowa.]


Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, December of 2015