Mrs. Annabel Burns Johnson

  • Born: June 12, 1916
  • Died: March 20, 2012
  • Location: Franklin, Indiana

Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Center Market Street

635 E. Market St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Tel. (317) 387-7000

Tribute & Message From The Family

Deedie, age 85. Church directory photo

Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Annabel by adding your memories and photos.

Annabel Burns (Deedie) Johnson, 95, passed away on Tuesday, March 2012 in Franklin, Indiana, with her daughter, Karen Ramsay Johnson, at her side. She was born in Anderson, SC, June 12, 1916, the daughter of Robert and Pearl Burns and sister of the late Roberta Burns Bristow. Predeceased by her husband, William A. Johnson, she is survived by her daughter and by her niece Roberta Bristow Abadie, great-nieces Jessica Abadie Wainwright and Amanda Abadie of New Orleans, LA, and her great-nieces Elizabeth Fensin and Leslie Collins of Raleigh, NC. Margaret and Marian Tanner, Laura White Wiley, Kathy Shortridge, Emily Shortridge, Vishant Shah, Ashton, Anastasia, Ayley, Jessamine, and Samara Shortridge occupied a special place in her heart. She was for many years a first-grade teacher at Lawrenceville Primary School, where she blessed the lives of generations of children. Teaching was her greatest passion and greatest gift: in thirty-five years of teaching, every student whom she taught succeeded, and she was extremely proud of every one of them! Her intelligence, wry humor, and genuine kindness made her a wonderful mother, wife, and friend. She will be greatly missed.


Condolence & Memory Journal


I have so many memories, so I'll choose one that illustrates several of my mother's most endearing qualities. I was 5 years old, and my parents wouldn't let me have a bicycle yet, but all the other children in our neighborhood had one, so I had to ride on the back of Karen Mitchell's bike (she was 7). All was well until, one day, my bare foot slipped off of the rail and got caught in the spokes of the back tire. Karen Mitchell and I hit the dirt, and I screamed "Mama!" repeatedly. Mama, who had developed a keen ear for true distress, came running. I was by then both sobbing and screaming, as my foot looked like a piece of raw meat. But, when Mama arrived, I knew that all would be well, so I stopped crying and said "I hurt my foot," holding it up so that she could see. In retrospect, I admire her ability to hide her horror; she just said, "I see that you did." Off we went to the doctor's office, and, as I had known as soon as I'd seen Mama coming, I wasn't badly hurt at all.

Posted by Karen - Indianapolis, IN - Daughter   March 25, 2012

We were saddened to hear of the passing of your Mother. Our thoughts are with you at this time.

Posted by Sandi Perlman and Carrie Phillips - Indianapolis, IN - Friend of Karen's   March 24, 2012


I'm grateful I had the opportunity to meet "Mama" a few years ago. What a warm and vibrant person!

Posted by Ladema Zinsmeister - Indianapolis, IN - Friend of Karen's   March 23, 2012

Dear Johnson Family,

There are few things more difficult than dealing with the loss of a loved one. We, along with our staff, are honored and humbled that you have chosen our family to care for your family during this time. It is our hope that we have been able, in some small way, to lighten your burden and give proper reverence to a life lived. Please let us know if we can be of further service.


Brian and Bruce Buchanan
4th Generation Owners

Posted by Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Centers - Indianapolis, IN   March 21, 2012

Deedie's Life

Deedie Johnson c. age 30
L to R: Margaret Tanner, Sarah Jackson, Deedie, Omie Jackson, Karen behind Photo taken by Marian Tanner
Deedie, age 85. Church directory photo
Laura White Wiley, one of Deedie's first-graders and Karen's first best friend, crocheted this shawl for Deedie. The two butterflies represent Laura and Karen.
Deedie at Christmas in Indianapolis
Deedie and Baby Karen

Deedie's Life

Deedie reading to Ayley, Jessa, and Samara Shortridge (an activity they all greatly enjoyed).
Deedie and Karen with Kathy, Ayley, Jessa, and Samara Shortridge at the zoo.
Deedie, Karen, and Vishant Shah