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August 14, 2019 - 00:00
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Bobby Johnson was born Nov. 22, 1946 to Lothlen B. Mahon and Bobby Taylor Mahon. Bobby was the first born of three children, and their only daughter. In her early years she grew up in a small west Texas town called Robert Lee. She was surrounded by grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. As the oldest with two brothers, she learned pretty quick how to be tough. From skipping rocks to throwing rocks she always stood her ground. As she grew up,

she moved to Weimar with her mother and two brothers, Buzzy and Bill.

She married Ralph Johnson in the Lissie Church in July of 1969 and became the mother of his three children, Ellana, Bryan, and Russell.

In August of 1975, Ralph and Bobby welcomed a daughter, Joy. Raising four children made life quite busy, but she attended sporting events, band concerts, as well as many other activities, that the children were involved in.

She worked at Eagle Lake Primary School as the secretary for many years until she decided to go back to school and change careers. When she set her mind to do something, she would see it through with a stubborn determination until the task was done. She began a career in law enforcement as the Juvenile Officer for Colorado County. After working in law enforcement for several years, she decided to make a difference in another way.

Instead of dealing with the kids after they are already on the wrong path, she decided to get CDACT certified through Sam Houston State University and began a career in counseling at Colorado County Youth and Family Services. She worked many years counseling youth and their families.

She made a huge impact on countless families in her time there. While working in her varied careers, she also worked as an EMT. She was in the Emergency Services field for over 30 years in several aspects. She taught certification classes and certified many new EMTs throughout her career, as well as became a paramedic herself and took care of many patients in some of the worst times of their lives. She performed her job with compassion, care, and diligence until her health began to fail and she could no longer do it. Even then, she still did what she could to support her buddies who were still working to save lives - from feeding them to giving them a place to rest.

Anyone who ever knew Bobby always knew where they stood. She didn’t mince words, and pretty much told it like it was. At the same time, she was able to show compassion and help others in need.

She was deeply rooted in Colorado County and in the town of Eagle Lake, so when her health began to fail it was quite difficult for her. She always loved to sew, knit, crochet, and even tat.

When each of her seven grandchildren were baptized/dedicated, they wore a hand tatted christening bonnet that she made for them. She was creative and quite talented when it came to her projects. Needless to say, she was always busy doing something.

Bobby loved and adored her grandchildren and always found humor in the goofy things they would do. She always said that’s the perk of being a grandparent. It was our job to worry about the kids, but it was her job to enjoy it.

Bobby will be deeply missed by many. She is preceded in death by her parents, Lothlen and Bobby Mahon, Brothers Roy Paul (Buzzy) and William James (Bill), husband Ralph Lee Johnson, son Russell Keith, and daughter Ellana Irene Ragland.

She is survived by son Bryan Johnson of Victoria and wife Shirley, daughter Joy Engelbrecht and husband Darrell of Wallis, son-in-law Gerald Ragland of Alexandria, Virginia, grandchildren: Molly Jepsen, Todd Mathews, Eric Johnson, Jake Engelbrecht, Luke Engelbrecht, Payton Engelbrecht, and Preslee Engelbrecht, great-grandchildren Toby, Kourtnee, and Khloe Mathews, as well as a host of friends who are just like family.