Batavia - Mrs. Anita F. Johnson, 88, of Batavia, a press operator at Motorola in Arcade prior to her retirement, died Thursday, January 27, 2011at United Memorial Medical Center, in Batavia.
Mrs. Johnson was born November 2, 1922 in Springville, the daughter of the late Milton and Mildred (Goodemote) Spencer.
Mrs. Johnson moved to the area in October, 2005 from Temple, Texas where she was a member of and taught Sunday School at the First Methodist Church. She was a Girl Scout and Boy Scout Leader, active in the Grange, 4-H Club, and the Home Demonstration Unit where she served as president. She was a former secretary of the Dairyman's League. She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, letter writing and traveling. Mrs. Johnson had visited all 50 states. She did her family's genealogy dating as far back as the 1790's.
She also worked at Fisher Price in East Aurora and as head janitor at Jellystone Park in East Otto where she was known as the "Moppin' Mama".
Her first husband, Eugene M. Ruhlen, died January 15, 1981 and her second husband, Leon M. Johnson, died in 1995.
Survivors include 9 children, Carol (Richard) Curtis of Temple, TX, Mason (Donna) Ruhlen of Bayonne, NJ, Terry (Thelma) Ruhlen of Richmond, VA, Patricia (Allen) Collins of Delevan, LaVerne Ruhlen of Waco, TX, Mark (Shierly) Ruhlen of Garfield, NJ, Jo (Donald) Warren of Byron, Eric (Lorena) Ruhlen of Hutto, TX, Glenn (Michelle) Ruhlen of Milford, IL; 3 step-daughters, CeCelia (Larry) Benovsky of Prescott, AZ, Sharon Morse and Mary (Richard) Donaldson, both of LaBam, WA; a sister-in-law, Genny Fleury of LaBam, WA; a brother-in-law, Maurice (Florence) Ruhlen of Albion; 34 grandchildren, several great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She was the mother of the late James Kelly Ruhlen who died September 23, 1977 and Ronald Carl Ruhlen who died February 25, 1946, and sister of the late James, Lowell, Richard Paul and Charles Spencer.
Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association, 315 Alberta Drive, Amherst, New York 14226. Burial will be in Sardinia Cemetery. Arrangements were completed by H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home of Batavia
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