Penelope “Penny” Marie Johnson, 80, of Elgin, passed away Monday, February 13, 2023, in Austin, Texas, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Saturday, January 23, 1943, to Dean Beatty Thatcher and Beatrice Marie Stiles Thatcher sharing a home with 4 sisters and 3 brothers: Elaine, Ruthie, Janey, Gini, Bob, Richard, and Dean.
She attended high school in Laurel, MS and later married Darrell Jones Johnson of Laurel on May 18, 1963, in Grove Hill, Alabama. They had 3 children: Blane, Scott, and Donna. She spent most of her time being a homemaker, doing crafts, reading, writing poetry, and going to church. Later in life she obtained an Associates of Applied Science in 2001 from the MS Gulf Coast Community College, and in 2003 she received a Bachelor of Social Work from University of Southern Mississippi.
At Penny’s request, she wanted no services but instead, ask that friends and loved ones donate to an Alzheimer’s Association at, alz.org.