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1410 E Bowman Ave.
Las Cruces, NM 88001-3001
Phone: (575) 526-2419
Fax: (575) 526-7944
Barbara Johnson

Barbara Johnson (Shields)

October 22, 1939 - June 23, 2020
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Barbara Lynne Shields Johnson died peacefully on June 23, 2020 at Memorial Medical Center in Las Crusas, NM where she was being treated in the intensive care unit for a variety of ailments that reduced her strength and ability to eat. She was surrounded by her doctors and palliative care givers, and connected by video to her beloved husband Charles Johnson, son Craig Johnson and daughter Jill Johnson Schmitz (Marc).

Barbara was born October 22, 1939 in Guymon, OK. She moved with her parents, Richard and Edna Mae Shields, and her sister, Judith Mallory Hall, to Big Spring, TX in 1950. She graduated from Big Spring High School and attended Howard County Junior College before marrying Charles in 1958 and relocating to Las Cruces where Charles attended NMSU. She worked for the Sedgwick Medical Group for 3 years before moving to St. Louis, MO. In addition to her childhood, lifelong friends that she so cherished, she made close, dear friends in Missouri, Virginia, Colorado, and Texas before returning to Las Cruces and many, many new friends.

Barbara was a strong, loving, Christian mother, sister, wife, doting and proud grandmother of Angela, Sarah Brett, and Reyna, beloved aunt to Kristi, Kari, Lori, Casey and Wendi, and niece. She was a devout member of St. Paul Methodist Church. She bravely survived multiple medical problems including cancer, Addison’s disease, heart attacks, broken bones, and both hips replaced. Her resilience and strong spirit carried her through life along with her smile and loving heart.

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  • Service

    Monday, July 6, 2020 | 10:00am
    Monday, July 6, 2020 10:00am
    Getz Funeral Home Chapel
    1410 E. Bowman Ave
    Las Cruces, New Mexico 88001
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  • Interment

    Trinity Memorial Park Cemetery
    6900 US-87


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Lori Johnson

Posted at 03:25pm
What a beautiful example of love, faith, grace, strength and resilience. Love you, Aunt Barb.

Lou Ann Lindsay

Posted at 12:39pm
Barbara was a precious friend and will be missed by so many people. She was truly one of the kindest people that I have ever known and a gift to all who knew her. Much love to her family, Lou Ann White Lindsay


Posted at 09:25am
We'll miss Barbara's sweet ways, cheerful and brave even when illness made it hard. Our neighborhood Bible Study was so glad to have her as part of our group. She knew Jesus well and loved the time around his Word. Welcoming and loving, she was His good representative. We rejoice with you that she is home with Him in heaven. Our hearts are sad with yours and our prayers are that Christ's presence will help you get through these tough times. Thinking of you.
Jerry and Connie Clark

Josephine Sanchez

Posted at 08:33am
My deepest condolences to my favorite Denver Bronco, Charlie Johnson. I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you, Charlie.

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