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Melba Johnson

September 3, 1937 — July 3, 2020

Melba June Johnson 82, of Rushville passed away on Friday, July 3, 2020 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.

Melba was born on September 3, 1937 in Ray Illinois. She was the daughter of Herbert and June (Brackett) Crumley. She married Beverly Hart “Budgie” Johnson on October 29, 1952 in the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Parsonage in Rushville. Budgie passed away on August 24, 2016.

Melba was an LPN for many years at Snyders – Vaughn Haven Nursing Home in Rushville and was a school bus driver for the Schuyler County School District for many years. She also worked for various Rushville businesses. Melba was a voracious reader, talented gardener and seamstress and deeply loved her family.

Surviving are; two daughters, Debra June (George) Logan of Virginia, Dixie Jordan of Rushville; eight grandchildren, Joey Logan Pugh, Nick Logan, Paul Rochester, Jake Rochester, Teddy Nankervis, Shawn Willing, Sheri Hendrian, Catrina Swenson; one step-grandson, John Jackson; sixteen great-grandchildren, Carter Wilkey, Hannah Wilkey, Elizabeth Pugh, Jessica Logan, Jenny Logan, John Logan, Kylie Rochester, Maddi Rochester, Ben Rochester, Barrett Rochester, Beverly Rochester, Wyatt Rochester, John “Jack” Nankervis, Kristopher Willing, Kutter Willing; One sister, Dorothy (Aubrey) Bucher of Quincy and one sister-in-law, Connie Crumley of Sevierville, TN.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son, David Hart Johnson and one brother, Allen Crumley.

Due to the current health situation private graveside services will be held at the Rushville City Cemetery in Rushville. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions have been suggested to the Cass-Schuyler Hospice or Rushville Help Center. You are invited to share memories of Melba and leave condolences at

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