Patricia Ivey Johnson of Forsyth, Georgia, passed away on Thursday, June 16, 2005 after fighting a courageous battle with Alzheimer's and chronic osteoporosis. She is survived by two sisters (Frances and Nettie, both of Forsyth, GA); one brother (Curtis Ivey of Newnan, GA); three Sons (Steve and Keith of Forsyth, GA and Chris of McAllen, TX); seven Grandchildren (Joel, Melissa, Scott, Mandy, Keith, Randy, and Cale) and four Great Grand Children. She was a loving and caring mother, grandmother and great grandmother always putting them first in her life.
Pat was born in Monroe County and lived there almost her entire life. Her ambition in life was to be a nurse, second only to being a movie star, which never afforded her an open door. She received her nursing training from Dr. George Alexander under whose guidance and leadership she obtained her LPN Certificate.
She served Monroe County as a Licensed Practical Nurse her entire working life. She began her career at the Forsyth Clinic under the direction of Dr. George Alexander. She was one of the first nurses to work at the original Monroe County Hospital. She served as an X-ray and Lab technician; she assisted the doctors in the operating room as well as the emergency room, not to mention the delivery room where she actually delivered quite a few individuals now living in Monroe County when they arrived before the doctor. The part of her job she loved most was taking care of the babies in the nursery and nursing those admitted to the hospital no matter what the reason. She genuinely cared for them and did everything she could to make their stay at the hospital as pleasant as possible by sharing a smile and letting them know that she loved them and was there for them.
Pat worked the last twenty years of her nursing career at Hilltop Nursing Home in Forsyth, Georgia, where she loved and cared for the residents daily. There she trained many of those working at the Hilltop and Forsyth Nursing Home facilities today. She retired from Hilltop Nursing Home in 1994.
After several years of doing many of the things she wanted to do in life and never having the time, she became a member of the resident family at Forsyth Nursing Home in 2002 because of failing health. There she resided until her home going. Pat was a member of Rocky Creek Baptist Church her entire life and faithfully attended and served there, singing in the choir and at Hilltop every Sunday until it became impossible for her to make the trip.
The family will be sharing time with friends at Monroe County Memorial Chapel located at 86 West Main Street in Forsyth, GA, between the hours of 7:00 and 9:00 P.M. on the evening of Friday, June 17, 2005. -Funeral Services will be held at Rocky Creek Baptist Church, located at 225 Rocky Creek Road which is west of I-75 North of Forsyth on Johnstonville Road. Services will begin in the sanctuary at 11A.M. on the morning of Saturday, June 18, 2005. A brief graveside service will follow.
The family would like to thank each and every one who touched our mother's life during her sunset years. She loved the life God blessed her with and all of those who shared it with her. May God Bless........
Monroe County Memorial Chapel has charge of arrangements.
As published on the Monroe Memorial funeral home website.
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