Myrtle “Lavata” Johnson, 91, died Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014.
No service is scheduled at this time. There will be a private burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery under the direction of Hawkins Funeral Home.
Myrtle was born Nov. 3, 1922, in Shelbyville, Tenn., to Olie and Myrtle Watson. She was 10th of 10 children, all whom preceded her in death, as did her husband of 52 years, Keith Kenneth Johnson, in 1993.
A lifelong homemaker, Lavata enjoyed her pets (the kids), outdoor birds, particularly hummingbirds, all types of wildlife and traveling. She lived in Tennessee, Ohio, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and Washington during her lifetime and traveled outside the U.S. to Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and Spain.
Lavata particularly enjoyed her travels in the United States, visiting historical locations, along with the Rocky Mountains and the beautiful Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. She looked forward to annual visits each year in early October to view the autumn foliage in the Tennessee hills.
Formerly a resident of Euless for 30 years, Lavata was an original volunteer for the Arbor Days celebration as well as the Euless Christmas Parade of Lights. She also volunteered for many years at the Fort Worth Assessment center, an intake facility for abused and neglected children.
She is survived by her son, Kenneth K. Johnson and wife, Meg, of Garland; daughter Nancy J. Ronk of Bridgeport; granddaughter Deborah S. Faris of Bridgeport; and great-granddaughter and namesake, India Lavata Knowles of Austin. She also leaves behind many special nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Lavata’s family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the staff of Senior Care and Rehabilitation Center in Decatur for all the love and care shown to her during the last stage of her life.