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Bertsel Johnson

(July 16th, 1925 - April 28th, 2015)

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    Bertsel Johnson, age 89 of Ozark, Missouri passed away early Tuesday morning, April 28, 2015, in Mercy Hospital, Springfield. She was born July 16, 1925 at Bruner, Missouri the daughter of Ellis and Jimmie (Ferrell) St. John. On September 25, 1942 she was united in marriage to Elbert Alva (Buck) Johnson, who preceded her in death. Bertsel was a loving and dedicated mother, daughter, sister and friend. She also accepted Christ at an early age and enjoyed her faithful Christian life. Bertsel will be in the hearts of her loved ones forever and sadly missed by her family. Bertsel is lovingly survived by three daughters LaVa Haden, Wannis Applegate and husband Dewey, Lerris Pierce and husband Larry all of Ozark; a brother Derald St. John and wife Myrtle Mae, two sisters Texie Dunn and Dee Greene; four grandchildren TaWatha Doss, Satotha Burr, Danteley Pierce and LaRell Applegate; ten great-grandchildren Kourtney Doss, Haleigh Doss, Carleigh Pierce, Hannah Pierce, Allison Burr, Chandler Doss, Gracie Applegate, Ella Applegate, Carter Applegate and Everest Applegate and several other caring relatives. Bertsel was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters LaVonna Vee and Vineta Ree St. John, a brother Byron St. John, two brothers-in-law Charles Dunn and Art Greene, one sister-in-law Josephine St. John, two nephews Mark Dunn and Aaron St. John and a son-in-law Dale Haden. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday evening, May 1, 2015 in Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 2, 2015 in the funeral home with Pastor Troy Hull officiating. Burial will follow in Bruner Cemetery. Donations may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, 3250 S. National Ave., Springfield, MO 65807 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Online condolences may be shared at www.barnesfamilyfunerals.com.  

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