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Eleanor Eileen Johnson

July 15, 1929 - September 6, 2019

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Eleanor “Eileen” Johnson made a peaceful transition to be with the Lord on Friday, September 6, 2019 at the age of 90. Eileen was born on July 15, 1929 to Carl and Lillian Bennett in Culver, Indiana. She was one of three children, the middle child, and the only girl. Eileen grew up in Goodland, Indiana.

Eileen married Paul Johnson on June 15, 1948. They had two children, Norman Paul and Harriett Cynthia. Although that marriage initially ended in divorce, destiny would bring them back together over 50 years later. They remarried on December 12, 1999 and spent the next 6 years of their lives together until Paul’s death on December 4, 2005.

In her twenties Eileen felt the calling from God to begin a career in nursing. All who knew Eileen know she was very proud of her time spent in the obstetric field at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, Indiana.

Eileen met, fell in love, and married Dr. William Lane in 1965. Bill and Eileen were married for nearly 20 years until his death in 1984.

Eileen will be remembered for her zest for life, quick wit and independence. She carried herself with grace, confidence, and her vibrant personality lit up a room upon entrance. Her innate charisma gave her the ability to make friends easily. Her independence and zest for life, prompted by her adventurous nature created a desire to live in California, Arkansas and Florida. Her ability to make close friends allowed her to grow roots in each of those communities.

Friends at Lake Arrowhead in the retirement community where she lived recall Eileen as someone who would “dress to the hilt” with the ability to single handedly kill a pesky snake with a garden hose. She enjoyed driving around in her “Cadillac” (AKA golf cart) and checking in on neighbors. Friends continue to comment about her heart to serve and how her thoughtfulness made life better for them. Eileen will be missed by the Sewing Circle at Lake Arrowhead where she spent countless hours ironing quilt seams for their annual fundraiser.

Eileen was preceded in death by her parents, older brother Gene, daughter Harriett, Spouse Bill Lane, and Spouse Paul Johnson.

Her memory will be cherished by her family. Son Norman (Theresa) Johnson, brother Leon (Peg) Bennett, niece Cindy (Bruce) Carter as well as four nephews, Trent (Tanya) Bennett, Todd (Shaunna) Bennett, David (Patsy) Bennett, Kevin (Susan) Bennett. Seven Grandchildren, Eric Johnson, Melissa (Brian) McMillen, Cindy (Brady) Main, Jeff (Meghann) Kozlowski, Jennifer (Dustin) Kosar, Jason Aragon and Suzzane (Dan) Barth. Fourteen Great-Grandchildren, Nolen and Brinkley Johnson, Chelci and Gavin Main, Gage (Peyton) Nierzwicki, Madison and Bailey Kozlowski, Ryann and Megan Barnhill, Sequoia and Kaiden Aragon and Hannah, and Grace and Scarlett Barth. Two Great-Great Grandchildren, Evrhett DeMeester and Blakey Nierzwicki.

Her family would like to extend gratitude to her close friends at Lake Arrowhead in Fort Myers for the unwavering love and concern for Eileen. She appreciated their many caring visits to Hope Hospice, their prayers and loving support. We would like to thank Hope Hospice in Cape Coral for the exceptional care they provided to Eileen during her brief stay. In addition, we would like to thank Nurses Society Honor Guard from Naples, Florida for presenting Eileen with the high honor of The Nightingale Tribute in recognition for her time spent in the nursing field. The tribute recognized Eileen for giving “her best with kindness and care in the worst of times.”

Services in Florida and Indiana are pending.  

Memorial Contributions in memory of Eileen Johnson can be made to: Nurses Society Honor Guard Inc, 4001 Santa Barbara Blvd. Suite 136 Naples, Florida 34104 www.nightingaletributenaplesfl.com 

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.