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Betty Jean (Clayton) Johnson

May 17, 1935 — January 19, 2023


Betty J. Johnson, 87, of Monmouth, IL, passed away at 4:40 pm, Thursday, January 19, 2023, at Legacy Estates, Monmouth, IL.

She was born May 17, 1935, in rural Warren County, IL the daughter of Harry and Gertrude (Shaver-Daniels) Clayton.  She was raised and educated in the Gerlaw area where she attended rural grade schools, graduating from Monmouth High School in 1953.

Betty married Oscar L. Johnson Jr. in February 1955 in Monmouth, IL and he preceded her in death on September 25, 1997.

Following high school Betty worked for General Telephone for 14 years. She later worked for Martha Brown Ltd for 25 years, 18 years as the store manager.  She also worked for Western Illinois Economic Partnership for a couple years.

Betty enjoyed spending time with her family, the loves of her life.  She enjoyed attending her grandchildren and great grandchildren’s sporting events.  She also enjoyed boating and fishing on the Mississippi River and up in Wisconsin.

She later served on the Warren County Housing Board as Commissioner from 2005-2015.

She is survived by her sons, Harry “Gene” Johnson and Richard A. Johnson both of Monmouth; 5 grandchildren, Eric Johnson of Galesburg, IL, Gregory Johnson and Jaclyn (Bryan) Spence both of Monmouth, Jennifer Johnson of Gerlaw and Nicolas (Sherry) Johnson of Corpus Christi, TX; 5 great grandchildren, Jerzi Johnson, Reagan Spence, Jackson Spence, Colton Spence all of Monmouth and Scarlett Frakes of Gerlaw; 2 step great grandchildren, Christy, and Corey Lunstedt of Corpus Christi, TX; 1 sister, Carol Barron of Galesburg; 5 sisters in law along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 2 sister, Kaye Bresnahan and Sharon Webb, 5 brothers in law and 2 sisters in law, one step great grandson, Connor Lunstedt.

Cremation has been accorded.  No services are planned at this time.  Private burial will take place at Warren County Memorial Park at a later date.  Memorials may be given to Hospice Compassus and sent to the funeral home. McGuire & Davies Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of the local arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

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