Conni was born in Rochester, Minn., to David W. and Jeanne B. Corey. She was raised in Mitchell, S.D., with her two loving brothers, Tim and David Corey. Conni attended the University of South Dakota where she met the love of her life, Jim Johnson. These young love birds married June 1, 1969. Later Conni graduated from Dakota Wesleyan University with a bachelor’s degree in education. Later, Jim and Conni moved south to Atlanta, where they started their lovely family. The Johnson family moved to Rabun County in 1978. Conni taught in both Atlanta and in Rabun County. She was an educator for more than 30 years. Conni prided herself on her family, her students and her friends. She was a member of the St. James Episcopal Church for 35 years. She was also a member of Daughters of the King. Conni was a member of the Alpha Delta Kappa teachers’ sorority.
Conni is preceded in death by: her parents, David and Jeanne Corey; her father-in-law, Carl Johnson; and a brother-in-law, Bill Lee.
Conni is survived by: her husband of 45 years, James “Jim” Johnson; and children, Corey Lynne Johnson DiGiovanni (Michael), James “Jamie” Carl Johnson Jr. (L’Chelle) and Andrea “Annie” Leigh Johnson. Her seven grandchildren include Isabel and Grace DiGiovanni, Krista Dixon and Jaran, Jacob, Jace and Jaden Johnson. Additional surviving family members include brother David and family, Sandy, Jill and Maggie, brother Timothy and family, Michelle, Chelsea and Samantha. Also sharing in her life were mother-in-law Carol Johnson, sister-in-law Julie and son Jon and brother-in-law Jerry and family, Lori, Lane, Lindsay and Andy. Conni also is survived by her four-legged children, (dogs) Molly and Burton.
Conni was the most amazing woman, always seeing the bright side of any situation and making the best out of life.
The family will receive friends from 4-6:30 p.m. Friday at Beck Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday in the chapel of Beck Funeral Home with the Rev. Stephen Hall officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in memory of Conni Johnson be made to the Richard’s Kids Backpack Program providing food and assistance to Rabun County school system children, in care of Richard’s Kids, 47 Deer Creek Trail, Clayton, GA 30525.
Beck Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at www.beckfuneralhome.com.