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Columbia Missourian

Lois V. Johnmeyer, teacher, mother, dies at 94

By Richie Bernardo
January 29, 2012 | 6:18 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Lois Virginia Johnmeyer was passionate about many things, but most important to her were her family and education.

“She was a wonderful lady,” her daughter, Linda Kay Wells, said. Her mother's house "is where everybody came home to. She made sure her family was her No. 1.”

Mrs. Johnmeyer died Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, at Boone Hospital Center. She was 94.

An only child, she was born on Feb. 10, 1917, in Howard County to Murray Orr and Glendale Richards Smith.

She graduated from Fayette High School when she was only 14. Four years later, at 18, she graduated from Central Methodist College, which is now Central Methodist University, with a teaching degree in 1935.

Living three miles outside of Fayette, Mrs. Johnmeyer had to ride a horse to her college classes.

“It was during the Depression, and at that time, it was a big deal for anyone to go to college, much less a woman. It was a big deal for her to get that kind of education,” Wells said.

Mrs. Johnmeyer taught first through eighth grades at Hocker, Union and Farmer’s high schools.

On Apr. 25, 1937, she married Emil Johnmeyer.

In 1962, she received her librarian’s license from MU. She served as a librarian at New Franklin and Fayette public schools before retiring in 1986.

Wells remembers her mother as an independent woman.

“Her goal was to live in her own bed, her own home and her own farm,” she said. In her later years, “she wouldn’t walk with a walker because it was ‘for old people.’”

Mrs. Johnmeyer enjoyed raising flowers in her garden, taking care of her family, making bread and picking blackberries.

She was also an avid lover of books. She enjoyed attending book fairs and having her books signed by their authors.

Mrs. Johnmeyer was a Christian. “She had a file cabinet full of things she would use for teaching Sunday school,” Wells said.

Mrs. Johnmeyer was also a member of Moniteau Chapel Community Church, Delta Kappa Gamma, Missouri and Fayette Retired Teachers Associations and the Dudgeon Wideawake Extension Club.

She is survived by three daughters, Louise Golob, Virginia “Snookie” Taylor and Linda Kay Wells, all of Fayette; two sons, Bill Johnmeyer and his wife, Donna, of Marshfield, and Bob “Buck” Johnmeyer and his wife, Laura, of Louisiana, Mo.; thirteen grandchildren; several step-grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Her husband, Emil Johnmeyer; and three sons-in-law, Ron Golob, Gail Taylor and Dewey Wells died earlier.

Visitation will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday at Faith Family Church in Fayette.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Faith Family Church, 710 Hwy. 240, in Fayette, with the Rev. Jamie Page officiating. Burial will be at the Fayette City Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to Moniteau Chapel Community Church, in care of Yager Funeral Home, P.O. Box 210, Fayette, MO 65248.