Frances E. Johnson, daughter of the late Lyphus and Annie Bell Watkins of DeKalb, MS quietly departed this life and began a new journey on August 5, 2017. Born March 9, 1925 in DeKalb, MS, Frances graduated from West Point and continued her education by completing training for administrative services. As a young woman, Frances supported the war effort by providing secretarial services to the Department of the Defense in Washington D.C. She also completed specialized training in dressmaking to become an accomplished seamstress. Frances was a mother devoted first and foremost to raising her children. In later years, she worked in retail sales in Indianapolis, in where she lived for over 50 years.

On January 23, 1948, Frances and Russell Lowell Johnson, met in Preston, MS married and began their life of 54 years together. Their union was blessed with three children that they raised in Indianapolis, IN. Russell preceded her in death on July 24, 2002. One sibling Annie Laura Stewart preceded her in death.

Frances was an active member of Kemper County TRIAD, working to addresses crime issues which affected older citizens. She was a faithful member of St. Mark United Methodist Church, DeKalb, MS. Serving in the choir, Sunday School, and Mother of Communion Board. Her Christian life was a beautiful as the flowers in her gardens and her influence will forever remain in the lives of all who knew and loved her. Frances will long be remembered as a caregiver, a good women with a big heart and a fast car. She loved good food, enjoyed socializing with family and friends, sharing the bounty of her garden and attending revivals. As a result of her generous spirit and pleasant personality, she was loved by many.

Frances is survived by her two daughters, Michelle (Albert) Miller of Minneapolis, MN and Daphne (Andrew) of Philadelphia, PA; one son Russell (Jean) Johnson, Jr. of Rowlett, TX; one brother Kenneth Watkins of Eagle Butte, SD; one sister, Hellen Barnes of DeKalb, MS; six grandchildren- Misha(Whitney) High; Micah Miller; Rachel (Shawn) Johnson-Nelson of San Antonio, TX; Courtenay Terrell of Philadelphia, PA, Russell Johnson III of San Antonio, TX and Gabrielle Terrell of Philadelphia, PA; six great-grandchildren- Ivy Nelson, Layla Nelson, Nathaniel Nelson, Trinity Johnson, Madison High, Morgan High and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.