Rexine Johnson, the daughter of Guy and Ida (Stream) Kinsman, was born Aug. 26, 1922, at her parents’ farm home near Churdan and departed this life Jan. 30 at the Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson.
She lived a full life to the age of 97 years, five months and four days.
Rexine attended and graduated from Churdan High School in 1940 and later attended Iowa Teacher’s College in Cedar Falls, where she received a teacher’s certificate. She returned to Churdan and taught in country schools. She later worked in a cafe in Churdan.
On March 11, 1949, Rexine Kinsman was united in marriage to Boyce Johnson at the Little Brown Church at Nashua. To this union were born three children.
Following their marriage, Rexine and Boyce lived and farmed the Guy Kinsman farm.
In 1982, Rexine and Boyce moved to their home in Churdan. Boyce passed away on May 13, 2007, and Rexine continued to make her home Churdan until 2018, when she moved to The Gardens retirement community in Jefferson.
Rexine was an active member of the Churdan First Baptist Church and many local organizations.
During their marriage, Rexine and Boyce were a part of a “Pitch Group” where couples would take turns hosting a card party at their homes on Saturday night. Rexine enjoyed working on puzzles, socializing with friends and attending Paton-Churdan sporting activities.
Left to mourn her passing are two sons: Doug, and his wife, Debra, of Clive; and Larry, of Ankeny; a daughter: Anita, and her husband, Todd Van Horn, of Jefferson; three granddaughters: Brittany Johnson, Stacy McElliott and Megan Anderson; and four great-grandchildren: Morgan and Maya McElliott and Braxton and Sadie Anderson.
Those who preceded her were her parents; husband; and three sisters: Ava Kinsman, Atha Tasler and Viola Lauver.
Funeral services were held Feb. 7 at First Baptist Church in Churdan with Pastor Bobby Palmer officiating.
Burial was made in the Highland Twp. Cemetery.
“On Eagle’s Wings” was sung by Brittany Johnson, Stacy McElliott and Debra Johnson, and accompanied by pianist Renaye Lindgren. The congregation sang “How Great Thou Art.”
Serving as casket bearers were Matthew McElliott, Tyler Anderson, Kim Tasler, Jay Tasler and Troy Paup.
Brown Funeral Home in Jefferson assisted the family.