Sister Clara (Joseph Clara) Johnson, Feb. 22, 1948 – June 12, 2014

Sr  Clara Johnson (3) webMaple Mount — Sister Clara (Joseph Clara) Johnson, 66, an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph, died June 12, 2014 at Mount Saint Joseph, in her 47th year of religious life. She was born in Owensboro, the daughter of the late Ruth Agnes Higdon Johnson and Justin Aloysius Johnson.

Sister Clara was a kind and gentle woman, always concerned about caring for others. She fought an inspiring and brave battle with cancer with nary a complaint.

She taught in Kentucky at St. Bartholomew School, Louisville (1971-72), St. Francis of Assisi School, Loretto (1972-73) and St. Romuald School, Hardinsburg (1973-76), as well as St. Charles Borromeo School, Albuquerque, N.M. (1976-78). She served as librarian in Kentucky at Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Maple Mount (1978-83), St. Mary Elementary School, Paducah (1983-85) and St. Ann School, Morganfield (1986-93). She was parish minister at St. Ann Parish, Morganfield (1985-86 and 1990-93). From 1993-2011, she was secretary/bookkeeper at Sister Visitor Center, Louisville.

Survivors include six sisters, Mary Ann Kurz, Yvonne Fulenwider, Theresa Haire, and Eileen Mattingly, all of Owensboro, Cecilia Harnden, Bradenton, Fla., and Dolores Hagan, Hudson; and two brothers, Charles Gregory Johnson, Hawesville, and James Leon Johnson, Owensboro; nieces and nephews, and the members of her religious community.

The funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 17, at Mount Saint Joseph, where visitation will begin Monday at 4 p.m., with a wake service following at 6:30 p.m. Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory, Owensboro, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial gifts for Sister Clara Johnson may take the form of donations to the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph, 8001 Cummings Road, Maple Mount, KY 42356.


  1. martha jane beach

    Sister was a beautiful person who always had a smile & something of interest to talk about. She will be greatly missed by all who she ever knew. Sympathy to her family and her Maple Mount Sisters.
    John & Jane Beach

  2. Pat Rymarowicz

    Volunteering at Sister Visitor for many years gave me the opportunity to become friends with Clara. Despite her struggles with cancer for these many years, she could always enjoy a laugh, I treasure knowing Clara, and pray that given a cross such as she had, I could imitate the attitude of acceptance she gave to me. Peace and joy is yours, now, Clara. My love, and prayers. Pat

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