Lucille Marie Harms was born December 25, 1929, on a farm outside of Deshler, Nebraska, and died November 8, 2019, at Midland Hospice House, Topeka, Kansas, at the age of 89 years. She was the daughter of Reinhold William Harms and Marie Dorothy Fangmeyer Harms. Lucille was the oldest of 3 daughters – Lucille, Delores and Arnita. She went to a country grade school near Deshler, Nebraska. Lucille attended Byron, Nebraska, high school for her freshman and sophomore years. When her parents moved to a farm northeast of Republic, Kansas, she finished high school and graduated from Republic High School in 1948. After graduation, she worked at the Belleville, Kansas, Hospital along the side of Dr. Biderwell. She married Rex Swearingen and two children were born of this marriage – Donald Lee and Sheryl Ann. Rex and Lucille were married for seven years when Rex passed away from complications of diabetes. On April 26, 1958, Lucille married Leon Johnson and they moved to the farm north of Jamestown, Kansas. Leon adopted Don and Sheryl and they became one family. In retirement they spent their winters in Yuma, Arizona, and summers at the Waconda Lake, Glen Elder, Kansas, and in Minnesota fishing. Lucille loved to spend time with family and especially her grandchildren, play cards, dance, fish and visit with family and friends. Besides all these likes, her dog Pierre was true joy and company to her.
In 2009, Lucille moved to Topeka to be near her daughter Sheryl and her husband Jim Gilchrist. She lived at the Luther One Apartments where she made many friends and loved to play the game “Farko.”
She was predeceased by her parents, infant brother, both sisters, one brother-in-law and her husbands – Rex and Leon — and niece Lisa. She is survived by son Don and his family – Jennifer (Chris) Leon, Sandra (Kevin) Blevins, Amy Johnson and Michael Johnson; daughter Sheryl (Jim) Gilchrist and her son Eric Collins. Lucille has five great grandchildren – Ava and Max Leon, Kaite and Kylie Blevins and Carver Springer. She is also survived by numerous nephews, nieces and many other family members and friends from north central Kansas, Topeka, Kansas, and Nebraska.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in memory of Lucille may be made to Ada Lutheran Church, 442 Valley Rd., Courtland, Kansas 66939, where a separate Celebration of Life and burial will be held on November 30, 2019, at 1:30 pm.