Patsy Lea Johnson Brunty Schenck, 86, of Biloxi, MS, peacefully went to “meet her Jesus,” as she would say, on August 21, 2020 at Brookdale Senior Living Center in Biloxi, MS.
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Patsy was born July 17, 1934 to Herman and Estella (Clark) Johnson of McLeansboro, IL. She grew up picking strawberries with her brothers and sisters on the family farm in southern Illinois. Over the years, she faithfully served as a naval spouse as the family lived in various locations, including Florida, California, Illinois, and Mississippi. Among other things, Patsy worked in their family-run maritime training school, with her son and daughter-in-law’s Tumble Buggy business, at a bakery, for their family-owned motorcycle shop, and at other endeavors while raising 5 children and a grand-daughter.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) was Patsy’s favorite Bible verse. Her favorite hymns were, “In the Garden” and “The Old Rugged Cross.” She loved the Lord, her family, her church, and studying the Bible with all her heart. She taught her children that God would watch over them and life would be so good if they put Him first, family second, and work third. All who knew her could bring a smile to her face by gifting her with a Pepsi and a bag of chips!
Patsy was preceded in death by her husbands, James A. Schenck (2006) and Joe Brunty (1965). She was also preceded in death by her parents, her sister, JoAnn Johnson, her brothers, Val G. Johnson, Herman Johnson, Jr., James R. Johnson, Alfred Lance Johnson as well as several half sisters and brothers.
Patsy is survived by her five children, Joseph (Carolyn) Brunty of Huntsville, AL, James (Chery Hendrickson) Brunty of Panama City Beach, FL, Mitchell (June) Schenck of Shreveport, LA, Russell (Michelle) Schenck of D’Iberville, MS and Karen Schenck of Gulfport, MS. She is also survived by thirteen grandchildren: Joe and Carolyn Brunty’s: Andrea, Megan, Chelsea, Rebecca; James and Michelle Brunty’s: Cody, Kameron; Mitch and June Schenck’s: Kyle, Brooke, Heather; Russ and Michelle Schenck’s: Lacey, Haley, Sumer; Karen Schenck and John Cook’s: Brittany, and twenty great-grandchildren. She has one surviving sister, Sue McDonald, of Sequin, TX.
Her laughter and love will be greatly missed by family and friends. A private graveside service will be held before her interment at D’Iberville Memorial Park, 11041 Gorenflo Road, D’Iberville, MS. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Big Ridge Baptist Church 3230 Lamey Bridge Rd, D’Iberville, MS 39540.