Uyvonne June Johnson

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10”

On Thursday, August 3, 2023, Uyvonne June Johnson of Holt, Michigan, peacefully passed away, leaving behind a legacy of love, faith, and service to others. Born in Lakeview, Michigan, in 1932 to George and Bertha Teske, Uyvonne’s journey was marked by compassion and dedication to her family, community, and faith. She also demonstrated an unwavering commitment to advocating for women and children’s issues, fighting for social justice, and ending racism and hunger.

Uyvonne’s life took a beautiful turn when she met and then married the love of her life, Perry M. Johnson, in 1951. Their love story was one of devotion and resilience, spanning an impressive 72 years until Perry’s passing in December 2022. Together, they embarked on a journey that included raising five children, cultivating strong connections in various communities, and nurturing a deep-rooted faith in the United Methodist Church.

An exceptional student with a passion for writing, Uyvonne earned a full scholarship to Michigan State University. Although her dream of becoming a reporter was put on hold, she channeled her gift for communication and organization into serving others. Uyvonne was a dedicated member of United Methodist Women and Church Women United, offering her leadership, compassion, and empathy to those in need.

Beyond her involvement in the church, Uyvonne was renowned for her culinary talents. Her delicious cooking and legendary pies became a source of joy for many. From hosting church and Kiwanis dinners to supporting bake sales and gathering her family for large feasts, she used her culinary gifts to touch the lives of countless individuals.

Uyvonne’s life exemplified the values of faith, love, and service to others, leaving an indelible impact on her family, friends, and community. She will be deeply missed by her sister Deloris Davenport, her children Kathleen (Duncan) Lawrence, Stephen (Kristine) Johnson, Randall (Tamara Rambis) Johnson, Penny (Kurt) Shanks, and Julayne (Timothy) Gensterblum. Additionally, she leaves behind a legacy through her 13 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren, who will forever cherish her memory.

A woman of unwavering faith, Uyvonne was a devoted member of Holt United Methodist Church, where she spent countless years with United Methodist Women, dedicating herself to serving God and her community.

To honor Uyvonne’s remarkable life and the love she shared, a memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 7, 2023, at Holt United Methodist Church, located at 2321 N. Aurelius Rd., Holt, MI. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. as family, friends, and community members come together to celebrate the life of a woman whose kindness, generosity, and warm spirit touched so many hearts.

Uyvonne’s memory will live on through the lives she touched and the love she shared. May she rest in eternal peace, knowing her legacy of service and compassion will continue to inspire generations to come.

Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor Uyvonne’s memory may do so through contributions to:

Perry M. and Uyvonne Johnson Endowed Scholarship in Criminal Justice and Ethics” endowed scholarship in Criminal Justice at Michigan State University.

Checks payable to: “Michigan State University”

Memo: “Perry M. and Uyvonne J. Johnson Endowed Scholarship in Criminal Justice and Ethics”

Mail to:

University Advancement

535 Chestnut Rd. Rm. 300

East Lansing, MI 48824


Holt United Methodist Church

2321 N. Aurelius Rd.

PO Box 168

Holt, MI 48842


Heifer International

1 World Avenue

Little Rock, AR 72202

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Chaplain Dan Johnson
August 4, 2023 at 6:45 pm

Uyvonne was a valued and respected member of the Great Lakes Christian Homes retirement community. Her passing leaves our fellowship greatly diminished. Our sincere sympathy is extended to her family in their loss.

Kathleen Lawrence
August 7, 2023 at 12:42 pm

Thank you for your beautiful tribute!

Rosalie Parmelee
August 6, 2023 at 6:58 am

Uyvonne was our neighbor back in the 50’s. She was a good Mother and good friend. So glad we had a good visit recently.

Jane Pohl
August 7, 2023 at 11:08 am

Julie, Tim & family,

So sorry to learn of your loss. Just know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Pam Withrow
August 7, 2023 at 12:33 pm

Uyvonne was such an inspiration. I loved to see her at American Correctional Association Conferences as she helped Perry represent Michigan so well. Her positive energy and spirit were always infectious. She loved to recount the achievements of her children and grandchildren and absolutely glowed when she talked of them. She will be missed.

Kathleen Lawrence
August 7, 2023 at 12:43 pm

Thank you Pam!

Frances Lipe
August 8, 2023 at 8:52 am

Aunt Von and Uncle Perry both were wonderful people. Their legacy will live on through the many lives they touched and enriched. No doubt they are reunited in heaven. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May you find solace in remembrance. God Bless.

George Stehle
August 10, 2023 at 11:05 am

We thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Perry and Uyvonne while at the Great Lakes Home. they were a fine and loved couple by many at the Home, and I recall many good visits with them both at the Home and when Perry, esp., was in the hospital and under medical care. They lived a great and productive life together. God bless them both.

George and Kathryn Stehle

Anita Turner
August 18, 2023 at 8:55 pm

Our hearts were saddened as we became aware of the passing of our beloved and dedicated friend and member of Church Women United of Greater Lansing. She served faithfully even as she faced health challenges. She was a Valiant Woman, the highest honor bestowed by her peers and recognized by all generations. We miss her gentle guidance and support.
Prayers of sympathy are extended to her family and friends. Sincerely,
Anita Turner and members of CWU Greater Lansing

Allison Sweezy
September 28, 2023 at 1:43 pm

Oh Uyvonne!!! I miss you!!! I’m so lucky to be able to be you’re caregiver for the last part of your life!! You touch me so much. Until we meet again keep looking down on me!! Love you Uyvonne


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