Jennie B. Coyle Johnson 96, of Lexington, KY, widow of James H. Johnson, passed away August 18, 2018 at 8:08p. She was the daughter of the late Samuel Elmer and Sarah Frances Armstrong Coyle.
She is survived by her daughters, Rosemary Smith and Sharon Johnson (Bill) Hager; granddaughters, Sarah (Bren) Hager and Jenni Smith (Adam) Doyle; great granddaughters Morgan Hager and Zoey Grace Doyle; great, great granddaughters, Isabella Renee Duff and Scarlet Marie Duff.
Married for 69 years to a farmer, she was a lover of the land, taking in all that it provides in order to feed her family, raising a 1 ½ acre garden with lots of help from her father, who came to live with her when her children were very young. Having both a farmer and carpenter around the farm came in handy. He was the first green thumb in the family, passing his luck and knowledge down to Jennie, but ending there. Her second love was fishing, any kind, anywhere. She even went into labor while fishing in the Kentucky River, having been pregnant for just over 9 months.
From the garden, Jennie would can everything that wasn't fed to the hired hands that helped with raising tobacco. She was a wonderful cook, utilizing the canned vegetables, which would last us throughout the year. In addition to the vegetable garden, she raised a ½ acre flower garden. Flowers of every color, shape, and size, she would arrange them and take them to Cane Run Baptist Church with her on Sundays.
Jennie was a collector of anything and everything. Displayed at her home was an old corn crib that she and her husband transported on a wagon from its original resting place. She displayed many of her collectibles in her corn crib as well as In her home where there were salt and pepper shakers, tea pots, crystal, Avon, and bottles she found all over the country of every shape, color, and size. Eventually her family stopped purchasing bottles for her, as she would say, "I already have one like that!" When the preacher came over and asked her what she REALLY collected, she exclaimed, "Dust!" She was known as the "Bottle Lady" on youtube after channel 27 came out to the house to see her collection.
She was loved by many and will be missed by ALL. She's now at rest with her friends and family, smiling and looking for somewhere to catch a fish.
She was preceded in death by an older sister, Anna Mae Coyle Patterson; brother, Elwood Coyle; and sister, Mary A. Coyle (Oscar) Weber; and grandson, William James Samuel Hager.
Losing their mother, Sarah, at a young age, Anna Mae was 8, Elwood was 6, Jennie was 4, and Mary was 2, making it very difficult on their father. It came down to having to leave them with Sarah's parents, Big Dad and Big Mamma, to see after them so he could go out to work and make a living for the children.
A Funeral Service will be held 1:00p, Thursday, August 23, 2018 at Cane Run Baptist Church, Lexington, with burial to follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Frankfort. Pallbearers include, Morgan Hager, Adam Doyle, Zach Duff, Jennifer Doyle, Sarah Hager, and Kevin Gunter. Visitation will be held from 11:00a until time of service at the church on Thursday.
In lieu of flowers, that family suggests Memorial Donations be sent to a charity of your choice.
Thursday, August 23rd, 2018 11:00am - 1:00pm, Cane Run Baptist Church
Thursday, August 23rd, 2018 1:00pm, Cane Run Baptist Church
Sunset Memorial Gardens