The Commerce Journal


May 8, 2014




Johnye was very generous, social and fun-loving, and she had lots of friends throughout her life. She loved giving dinner parties for her friends and participated for years in the Commerce Wine & Cheese Society. She also was adventurous and loved to travel. Johnye visited every continent except Antarctica, but her favorite destination was Europe — especially Great Britain and France. Even after she was afflicted with macular degeneration, which eventually left her legally blind, she bravely continued to travel within the U.S. to visit family and friends. In 2006, she joined the Daughters of the American Revolution, Sacajawea Chapter, in Olympia, Washington.

Johnye is survived by: her sisters-in-law, Mary Cannon Quillian and Betty Gay Kennedy; her cousin, Edwin P. Ruhmann III and wife Jeanne and their family; her sister’s children, Thomas R. Leslie IV and Jeanne Leslie; her brother’s children and their families; her nieces, Christy Cannon and Lisa Cannon Theriot and husband Michael; grandniece Michelle Whitten and husband Keith; grandnephew Brandon Cass and wife Virginia; grandniece Laura Morgan and husband Buck; grandniece Mary Champagne; grandniece Lauren Arenas and husband Jesse; grandnephew John Theriot; and the family of her late cousin, Saralyn Pietsch. She is also survived by many longtime friends in Washington State, Texas, and elsewhere, including Dr. Dorys Crow Grover, Caroline Coble, Maryetta McClurg, Dr. Keith McFarland, and Dr. Richard Tuerk; her childhood friends in Kenedy, Nancy Avant and Amanda B. Reid; and her kind personal assistant and caregiver in Lacey, Washington, Louise Hay.

The funeral was held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Eckols Funeral Home, Kenedy, Texas, with Reverend Sue Huntsman officiating. Honorary pallbearers were Edwin P. Ruhmann III, Thomas R. Leslie IV, Michael Theriot, Brandon Cass, John Theriot, and Jesse Arenas. 

The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to South Texas Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1210, Beeville, Texas 78104-1210.

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