August 31, 2019

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2:00 p.m.


Our Savior Church


1553 East 12th street

Des Moines

Arrangements By:

The Cremation Society of Iowa


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Beverly Jean Johnson

Beverly Jean (Franklin) Johnson, 76, formerly of Waterloo, Iowa passed away, August 23, 2019, peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends.

Beverly was born on September 27, 1940, she was the daughter of Cleo D. (Purnell) Franklin and Floyd Kenneth Franklin. She grew up with two brothers, Freddie Sean Franklin and Gary Eugene Tyson.

She grew up in Waterloo, attending public school and graduated from East Waterloo. She received her Cosmetology License in Des Moines, Iowa. Beverly was blessed with two children, Debra Marie and Antionne LeRoy Franklin.

Beverly married Luther Johnson in 1963 in Preston Missouri and to this union, she was blessed with four more children, Ricardo “Ricky”, Orlando “Lanny”, Daphne “Kay” and Chantrice “Tricey” Johnson.

Beverly also attended the University Of Northern Iowa and UNI where she received her degree in Child Development and Psychology. She went to Washington to start the Head Start Program through Waterloo Public Schools at Roosevelt and Hawthorne;  she also ran a home for girls for a number of years.

Beverly enjoyed family life as she loved anytime with the children and grandchildren.  Beverly’s favorite pastimes were bingo, cooking, playing cards, dominos, and let’s not forget her music. After all was said and done her precious moments where her GRANDKIDS.

Left to cherish Beverly’s memory are her three daughters, Debra Johnson, Daphne Kay (Lonnie)Johnson, Chantrice (Bryon) McGhee, sons, Antionne Franklin and Orlando(Michelle) Johnson, she also raised five of her many grandchildren, James and Khamilah  Johnson, Quantrell , Zakia and Phateima Roby as her own.

Beverly was preceded in death by her mother, father, grandparents, bothe, son and three uncles and aunts.


Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August, 31, 2019 at Our Savior Church at 307 College  Street , Des Moines, Iowa. Memorials may be directed the family at 1353 East 12th street, Des Moines, Iowa.



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