Date of Death: April 24, 2019

Service Details

The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at Hohner Funeral Home, Three Rivers.

Interment will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at Fort Custer National Cemetery, 15501 Dickman Rd, Augusta, MI 49012.


Obituary Notice

Ann Marie (Bacon) Johnson died peacefully at her home on Corey Lake in Three Rivers on April 24, 2019.

Ann was born in 1926 in Talihina, Oklahoma, to Charles and Anna Bacon. Her mother and younger brother, Charles Junior, died when Ann was very young, and she was raised by her father and her grandmother, Susan Push. She grew up farming and hunting, and helping support her family. This was the beginning of a life of service to others and of standing on her own two feet.

She became a nurse, and joined the US Air Force, where she served as a flight nurse until being honorably discharged with the rank of Captain.

She was married for 55 years to the love of her life, Bill (“Doc”) Johnson, who preceded her in death in March 2019. Bill and Ann modeled love, companionship, and commitment every day of their lives.

Everyone who knew Ann was better for the experience. She was a loving mother and wife, and a loyal friend. She was fiercely independent, and lived a full and happy life with family and friends.

She is survived by her children, Ernest Johnson and Jennifer (Robert) Kehoe, grandchildren Cody Johnson, Joseph Kehoe, and George Kehoe, and by nephew Mark (Paula) Teller and niece Nancy Faine. Special thanks to Suzie Truckey and Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan for caring for Ann.

Additional Information

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ann’s memory may be made to the Chahta Foundation, which supports education, health, and culture for the Choctaw people.  Envelopes available at the funeral home.

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  1. I so respected and admired your Mom. What a wonderful lady! One memory of her was when you kids were about 14. I worked all the time at the family Company. Drove a used beat-up old Ford Pinto. It was funny cause I’d get a little gas and fill up on oil. That was the deal. Well, then one day we purchased this beautiful car. A Chrysler LeBaron! It was used but the best I ever had. Red! Your Mom came over and rode with me once and said how beautiful it was. I was beaming and told her I was proud to have her ride with me. You see I had tremendous respect for this incredible lady. Seeing her at Lake Section School many times we had lots of discussions over the years. She always knew the right things to do and say. Us humans travel a lot of miles from beginning to end. I thank God for allowing our paths to cross in this life. My life was enriched in many ways. My love and prayers for you and your family. Laura Sue Meyer

  2. Dear Jennifer,

    I’m so sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. My deepest condolences. Although my exchanges with her were brief, her presence inspired me. I have your mom in mind when I read the following quote:

    “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.”
    —Nora Ephron

    To me, she was a warrior, a maverick – showing feminine strength way ahead of her time. For this, she is remembered by me.

    Susan V.

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