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JOHNSON, Helen (Riley)

JOHNSON, Helen (Riley) – Age 80

Helen (Riley) Johnson, age 80 of Lafayette, died at 3:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 3, 2008 at Hendricks County Regional Hospital in Danville, IN.

Born on January 6, 1928 in Revere, MO, she was the daughter of the late Calvin Riley and the late Lena Pletsher Riley. She married Richard M. Johnson on February 28, 1948 in Hannibal, MO and he preceded her death on July 24, 1976. She graduated from Revere High School in MO. She resided in several states before settling in Lafayette. She formerly worked for Purdue University with the Indiana Department of Seed Control for 16 years. She attended First Reform Church and Heartland Church. She loved and enjoyed her family and friends. She loved gardening, animals, politics and was a great cook.

Surviving are 2 daughters, Mrs. Robert (Anne) Nehls of Hickory, NC and Mrs. Robert (Susan) Witkowski of Indianapolis.
Friends may call from 4-5 p.m., Thursday, August 7, 2008 at Hippensteel Funeral Home, 822 N. 9th St. Lafayette, Indiana with services there at 5:00 p.m. Celebrant Carla Ellis officiating.
Also surviving is 1 sister, Gertrude Bridgett of Columbia, MO, 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by 1 son, Richard Allen, 1 daughter, Catherine Louise and 1 sister, Anna Marie Sisson.

Memorial contributions may be made to Almost Home Humane Society of Lafayette. Hippensteel Funeral Home entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences online at