STEPHENVILLE— Services for Mary Lawanda Johnson Waters, 90, will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 17, at Lacy Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow at the Erath Gardens of Memory Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Lacy Funeral Home.
Lawanda was born in Stephenville to Olin ‘Fred’ and Mamie Sullivan Johnson. She grew up in Oak Dale, attended Oak Dale High School, and graduated from Stephenville High School in 1942. She attended John Tarleton Agriculture College that same year. When her family moved to California in 1943, she worked for Northrup Aircraft in Hawthorne.
While in California, she met her future husband Avas ‘Warren’ Waters and married him on June 10, 1944 in Stephenville. He preceded her in death on July 9, 2008. Lawanda attended the Baptist church and volunteered there as a librarian and Sunday school teacher.
Lawanda is survived by her children, Michael Warren Waters and wife Mary of Stephenville, Mary ‘Leeann’ Mittelsted of Canon City, Colorado, Lori Beth King of Alvin; daughter-in-law, Cheryl Waters of Sherman; grandchildren, Shannon Waters, Michelle Waters Hale and husband Bryan, Carrie Waters Osburn and husband Lee Jay, Martha Waters Brackin and husband David, Brandon King, Ray King and wife Brigit, Dr. Melissa Waters and husband Matt Singer, Kristen Kipling and husband Thomas, Lauri Bailey and husband Brian, Matthew Mittelstead; 17 great-grandchildren and one on the way.
She was preceded in death by her son, David Bruce Waters; son-in-law, Rick Mittelsted; great-grandson, Sean Bailey; sister, Hazel Ruth Coffee; brothers, Olin Johnson and Bob Johnson; and her parents.
Online condolences can be made at www.lacyfuneral.com.