Funeral services for Reva M. Johannsen, 92, Lawrence will be held at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, August 2, 2018 at First Christian Church in Lawrence. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. She passed away Thursday, July 26, 2018 at Brandon Woods at Alvamar.
Reva was born January 3, 1926 in Parsons, KS, the daughter of Ray and Thelma (Easley) Willson. She was raised on a dairy farm. Reva graduated from Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma and met Charles at Pittsburg State College.
She married Charles P. Johannsen on September 24, 1950 in Parsons, KS. The family moved to Lawrence in 1954. He preceded her in death on December 13, 1998.
Reva was a substitute teacher that then led into becoming a beloved third grade teacher at Deerfield Elementary School for 19 years. Previously she typed numerous Kansas University students’ term papers and theses. She was involved in her boys’ cub scouts as a den mother.
After 48 years of living on Barker Avenue, she moved to the Brandon Woods Retirement Community in 2001.
Survivors include her children; Rodney (Lynn) Johannsen, Norman (Carolyn) Johannsen, Nolan (Genevieve) Johannsen, Nancy (Edward) Janke, ten grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers; Dale B. and Kenneth Ray Willson and sister, Wanda Smith.
Reva found such great joy in loving and serving her family and she will be dearly missed.
The family will greet friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at the mortuary.
Memorial Contributions may be made in her name to First Christian Church in Lawrence and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.