Janell P. Addington
Feb. 1, 1926 – Sept. 28, 2020
Janell Pauline (Harsha) Addington, “Johnnie,” died Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, at McPherson Hospital (McPherson, Kansas) with her daughter Faye holding her hand.
At the age of 94, so many of her family and friends had died, including her husband Dean. She was ready to be reunited with them and to see Jesus.
Johnnie was born Feb. 1, 1926, in Cocoa, Florida, to Myron and Myra Harsha. She had two siblings, Edith (Harsha) Carthel (John) and George Harsha (Mae), both deceased.
She met her husband, Irwin Dean Addington, who was in the Navy at the time at the USO in Cocoa. Johnnie rode a troop train from Florida to California for five days to meet Dean and marry him Aug. 13, 1945, in Alameda, California. This was the day before World War II ended. What a celebration! They were married 50 years. Dean died in 1996. Dean and Johnnie had many adventures and stories to tell.
Johnnie and Dean had three children, son Gordon Addington (Louise) of Mountain Home, Arkansas, daughter Faye (Addington) Noffsinger (Kent deceased) of McPherson, Kansas, and son Carl Addington (Jill) of Fairbanks, Alaska; six grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Johnnie worked in the medical field much of her adult life earning her LPN at age 56. Her favorite field was geriatrics and nursing homes.
Johnnie was a strong, independent woman who didn’t let widowhood stop her from doing what she wanted to do. She took her camper and dog and traveled in the Northwest, Arizona and New Mexico. She drove her camper to all of her grandchildren’s graduations in McPherson and one in Arkansas.
She moved to McPherson in 2006 when she was 80, and was still able to be in her own home until June 2019.
Her memorial service will be at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Belen, New Mexico, at a later date.
Memorial donations may be given to the Salvation Army in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 N. Chestnut, McPherson, Kansas 67460. Personal condolences may be sent to the family at stockhamfamily.com.