Elke was a bright star in the lives of all she came in contact with. She worked tirelessly for the children and youth of San Patricio County by wearing many hats over the years. Elke served four years as the Taft 4-H Club Manager and was currently serving as Club President. In 2012, she received the Outstanding Leader Award for the Taft 4-H. Elke has also served as the San Patricio County Livestock Show Rabbit Chair. A teacher for over 10 years for GPISD, Elke assisted her campus in reaching children’s educational needs in many ways. She led the curriculum writing team for Kindergarten at East Cliff Elementary and in 2013 was honored as their Teacher of the Year.
Elke is preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, L.L. and Orr Lenia Coates of Taft; and her paternal grandparents, Joyce and Charles Crawford of West Colombia and Albert Johnson, Sr. of Corpus Christi.
She is survived by her husband, Jeff, and her two sons, Kyle and Blake, of Taft; her parents, Albert “Eddie” Johnson (Betty) of Corpus Christi and Rena Johnson of Taft; her brother, John Johnson (Monica); and her nephews, Mikal and Ethan, of Portland, along with an extensive extended family, including her friends. Elke touched so many lives and will be missed by all. Her legacy will live on through the lives of those that heard her infectious laugh or saw her shining smile.
A Celebration of Life was held in remembrance of Elke on Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Charlie Marshall Funeral Home in Aransas Pass.