Patricia Johnson


Patricia Ann Britton Johnson, 81, passed away Dec. 8, 2015, in Madisonville. Her funeral was held Sunday, Dec. 13, at Madisonville Funeral Home, with interment following at Willowhole Cemetery in North Zulch.

Patricia was born in Bay City on May 28, 1934. She was the only child of Hayden Hayes Britton (1904-1947) and Margaret Ida Rundzieher (1909-1998), who married Sept. 13, 1929, in Conroe. She spent many summers in Bloomington with her loving Aunt Dorothy and Uncle B.F. "Sinky" Hutto, and her cousins Barbara, Billy and Mike. In 1947, Margaret married Charles Lea Wilson and the family moved to Port Arthur.

Patricia graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Port Arthur in 1951. She attended North Texas State University in Denton from 1951 to 1954 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physical education with minors in education and English.

On Sept. 4, 1954, Patricia married Richard Henry Johnson of Beaumont, Texas. They were wed at The Methodist Temple in Port Arthur. Her Uncle B.F. Hutto gave her away.

In 1955, the couple moved to Fort Sam Houston so Richard could serve in the United States Army. It was there that their first child, Hayden Britton "Britt" was born, on Jan. 3, 1957.

When Richard's military service ended in 1957, the family moved to Newgulf, where Richard worked for Texas Gulf Sulphur and Patricia taught physical education and health at Wharton Junior College. It was there that Kelly Dean, their second son, was born on Jan. 11, 1960. Their third son, Richard Michael, was also born in Wharton on Aug. 7, 1962.

In 1963, Richard was transferred to Moab, Utah, where the family lived from 1963 to 1970. Their only daughter, Lea Margaret, was born there on Feb. 11, 1965, and Britt and Kelly fondly remember climbing the cliffs beside the house, visiting Canyonlands National Park. In 1971, Patricia and her family moved to Chester, Va., where Richard worked for ICI America for 20 years and Patricia raised her four children and was an active member at Ivey Memorial United Methodist Church in South Chesterfield. There, she also worked as a substitute teacher, a substitute mail carrier for the United States Postal Service, and Texaco Oil Co.

In 1990, Patricia and Richard moved to Lake Gaston to enjoy their retirement. They joined the Lake Gaston, Va., Country Club where they golfed and Patricia enjoyed playing tennis. They caught many a fish from Lake Gaston, with Patricia catching a Citation-size Crappie in 1990. They were members of Prospect United Methodist Church in Ebony, Va., and had an impressive vegetable garden.

In 1993, the couple returned to their beloved state of Texas where they purchased a home in Hilltop Lakes. There, Patricia was active in Beta Sigma Phi and clogging and enjoyed swimming in the community pool. She was an avid golfer. In 1998, she won the Hilltop Lakes Women's Golf Association's 9 Hole "Ace" Golfer Award.

In 2006, the couple moved to North Zulch. There, Patricia enjoyed her neighbors, growing flowers and taking care of her plants, walking, and golfing. She also very much appreciated having her son Kelly Dean home taking care of her.

Patricia put her husband and four children above all else. She loved them unconditionally. She also cared very much for her mother, making it a point to miss as few holidays with her as possible. She loved physical activity of any kind and was active throughout her life.

She also enjoyed traveling. In 1985, she took a trip to Denmark, Sweden and Norway with her mother. In 2004, she and Richard celebrated their 50th Anniversary by going on a Carnival Cruise to Cozumel with 13 members of the Rundzieher clan.

Patricia is survived by her four children; two grandsons, Justin Ryan Johnson of Detroit and Robert Orin Beazley III of Mooresville, N.C.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's research or the charity of your choice. Madisonville Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.