Johnnie Mae Donley
March 29, 1937 — May 31, 2018
Johnnie Mae was born in 1937, in Brunswick, Ga. This was during a time of a historic world depression. Yet she had fond memories of a loving family, that coped with material concerns and World War II. Johnnie loved music and had a lovely singing voice. She met and married Ernest Stuart Sr. as she sang in a jazz ensemble. Her working background included working as a nurse’s aide and teaching the mentally handicapped. This may have molded her strongest traits, especially compassion. She was active in local church activities including singing in choirs.
She was a devoted mother and a loving aunt (Auntie) to so many precious nieces and nephews.
Johnnie spent the last three years living with her son, William, and his wife, Martha, in Modesto, Calif. As a family, they enjoyed dinner together every night as well as daily Bible discussions and attending local meetings at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. On Nov. 13, 2016, Johnnie made a public dedication to Jehovah as one of His Witnesses. She died a faithful regular Kingdom proclaimer of the Good News.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Donley; parents, James and Nellie Williams; siblings, Ulysses (Pat), Lawrence Sr., Jimmy, Evelyn and Willie (Gene); and stepson, Ernest Jr.
She is survived by her son, William; and his beloved sister, Sheila; daughter-in-law, Martha; grandsons, Ryan and Curtis; nieces and nephews, Betty Jo, Mary Dean, Ann, Roberta, Glenn, Ronnie, Barbara
Christine, Michael, Craig, Athena, Annette, Alisa, Laura Jean, Joe, Karen, Stuart, Charlotte, Wendy, Matthew and Wanda; and Sheila’s children, Myron, Manyonna and Mia, as well as all their children.
Johnnie Mae will be missed for her loving nature. She loved children and babies. Growing up she gravitated to older people, perhaps preparing her to be a mother figure to so many over the years. She could recall the first time she ever attempted to pray to God at 2 years old. Never a grudge would she hold, but would pity any who had wronged her.
A favorite scripture for her was Matthew 10:8 where Jesus said, “you received free give free.” She loved the idea of there being no cost for the Word of God!
The memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. (PST) June 16, 2018, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 541 Brighton Ave., Modesto, CA 95355