Nina Jo Brooks Johnson


Nina Jo Brooks Johnson, 79, of Amarillo, TX passed away on November 18, 2019, after a brief stay in hospice.

She was born on August 25, 1940, to Joseph and Nina Brooks in Hargill, Texas.  She was named after both parents.  Her father was a Church of Christ preacher and farmer.  Her mother was a homemaker.  As a result, she was a woman of deep faith and an amazing homemaker.  She graduated from Hebronville High School and attended Draughns Business College where she studied bookkeeping.  She had one younger sister named Paula.  Due in part to her father’s service in WWII, the two girls had a seven year age difference, but they were extremely close all of their lives.

In 1960, Nina met Norman Johnson while he was home on leave from the Navy.  It was a blind date arranged by her future mother-in-law and their mutual hairstylist.  Nina and Norman went on three dates before his leave ended.  In 1961 after a year of exchanging letters Norman proposed and they married following his discharge from the Navy.  They first settled in San Antonio where they had two children.  Joe was born in 1962 and Dee was born in 1964.  In 1969, they moved to Johnson City, Texas where they raised their children and lived for more than thirty years before they were persuaded to move to Amarillo to be closer to Dee’s young children.

While raising her own children, Nina was a troop leader for Brownies, and active in their high school athletics boosters and band boosters.  She worked full-time as a bookkeeper, but always kept a spotless house and a good meal on the table.  Friends and family were always welcome in her home.  Visitors came often to the Johnson home.  It was usually crowded but, full of laughter and fun.  Nina had five grandchildren and adored them all.  They called her “Mimi”.  In order of birth, Joe’s children are Alex, Jacy and Ian.  Dee’s children are Hannah and Sam.  She loved to cook for them and cheer them on at football games, basketball games, track meets, recitals and banquets.  The mere sight of any one of them brought an enormous smile to her face.

Nina and Norman had a love story that lasted nearly sixty years.  Together they laughed, raised gardens, raised children and spoiled grandchildren.  She drew her last breath with him beside her holding her hand and passed knowing the she was deeply loved.

Nina is survived by her husband, Norman Johnson, her son Joe Johnson and his wife, Mary Ann along with their three children Alex Webster, Jacy Johnson and Ian Collins.  She is further survived by her daughter, Dee Peters along with her husband, Mike Peters and their children Hannah Peters and Sam Peters.  She is also survived by a sister Paula Foy and her husband Jimmy.

A memorial service will be held at Golden Plains Church of Christ located at 4700 I-40 Frontage Road on Saturday, November 30, 2019, at 3:30 p.m.  Following the memorial service the family welcomes friends and family to join them to remember Nina, in the way she loved best, with happy stories and good food at 2600 Teckla Blvd.

The family would like to thank BSA Hospice of the Southwest, BSA Hospital and the Craig for their compassionate care to Nina.

12 Replies to “Nina Jo Brooks Johnson”

  1. Norman, My heart goes out to you and your family. I have fond memories of you and Nina over the years. I can remember specific conversations with Nina, her personal expressions, and her unique voice in my ears as I write this. May God bless you all, relish knowing you’ll be together again in heaven.

  2. Norman we got your phone message about the loss of your wonderful Nina. She was a great friend. We had lots of good times together. De and Joe and families you had a wonderful mother. She will be missed by everyone that ever met her.

  3. Your mom sounded lovely & that she had such a lasting impact on many lives. What a beautiful person she must have been! Prayers continue for your family.🙏

  4. Our love and sympathy to you, Norman, Joe and Dee. We loved Nina very much. She and Norman loved on us and our children at church in Johnson City. She lived a life prepared for her home in heaven. God bless you all.

  5. The families of Harry Maloy and Wynn Stevenson want to express our sincere condolences to Norman, Joe, Dee and families. We all loved Nina immensely. Love and prayers for you all during this difficult time.

  6. Dee, Joe, Norman and Family – My sincerest heartfelt condolences are being sent your way. I will always remember your mom’s sweet smile and disposition. I pray you find comfort in your love and memories of her during this time of sorrow.

  7. Mrs Johnson has a way of making you feel welcome. She always had a smile We enjoyed listening to times she and Mr Johnson experienced together. I can still hear her laugh and see her sweet face. They made a sweet couple!

  8. Randy and I are sorry to hear Nina has passed away. She was a lovely lady and will be missed. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  9. I will miss her dearly, her and my cousin Norman Johnson were a hoot when they were together. My mom and me went down one summer to visit and we stayed a week when they were living in Johnson City and they took us to the movies to see Secondhand Lions and I remember her telling Norman to go by the theater to get the tickets and he told Nina, I am not going to buy the theater, I was cracking up, I also remember they were having new counters put in and she had to wash dishes in the garage and one day when the guy that working on it, she told him to cover up where the new sink was going in and when Norman got home she told him we aren’t going to have a sink and she showed him and he went off, but she was playing a joke on him. They knew how to make people laugh and have a good time. I was glad to have her in my family. I wish I could be there for the funeral but can’t. RIP NIna Johnson and love you!

  10. Nina was a good woman who always kept everyone in line. She ruled the roost but always had a kind heart. She had more shoes than any woman I knew. I am grateful that she and Jacy were always close, and Jacy will have many special memories of being loved by her. May Nina rest in peace with her mom and dad.

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