Nelma Jean Izard Johnson

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Nelma Johnson photo0001Nelma Jean Izard Johnson (“Memaw”), 85, passed away suddenly at her Liberty Hill home, on Sunday, January 17, 2016.

Nelma was born in Harlingen, Texas, on August 27, 1930. Born during the Great Depression, her family moved from the Valley to Austin where her father could find more work opportunities. At the age of 16, she met and promptly married the love of her life, Hardy; she was too young to sign her own marriage certificate so her father had to sign the paperwork for her.

A mother of two and homemaker throughout her life, she managed the household while Hardy worked as a fireman for the Austin Fire Department. After his retirement, they enjoyed many years travelling the country in their early Ford V-8s with many friends and family in tow. She was a charter member of the Capitol City and Southern Texas Early Ford V-8 regional groups. She had a personal passion and gift for oil painting and was a member of the Porcelain Art Club of Austin.

Nelma is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Hardy A. Johnson; her parents, Joseph Elbert and Hixie Louvenia (Knowls) Izard; her son, Paul Joseph Johnson; infant son, William Richard Johnson; and brother, Joseph Elbert “J.E.” Izard, Jr.

She is survived by her daughter, Joyce Nell (Johnson) Parsons; granddaughter, Keri Danell (Parsons) and husband, Travis Lansdell; grandson, Joseph Scott Parsons and fiancée, Angie Sarmiento; sister, Betty Wiley; sister-in-law, Jo Izard; brother, Glynn Izard; brother and sister-in-law, Lynn and Sylvia Izard; and sister and brother-in-law, Joyce Robertson and Jake LeGate.

The family will receive guests for a time of visitation from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Friday, January 22, 2016 at Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home in Georgetown. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, January 23, 2016 in the chapel of Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Hopewell Cemetery in Liberty Hill.

Pallbearers will be Scott Parsons, Travis Lansdell, Gordon Urbanek, Brian Urbanek, Tripp Parsons, and Joe Lansdell.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cancer Support Community Central Texas or the charity of your choice.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.cookwaldendavisfuneralhome.com.

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