Mary Eloise Johnson

March 6, 1923 - June 8, 2009

03/06/1923 - 06/08/2009

Past Services

Thursday June 11, 2009
6:00 am - 7:30 pm
Forest Lawn Mortuary Chapel
538 Tracy Grove Road
Hendersonville, NC 28792
Friday June 12, 2009
1:00 pm
Forest Lawn Mortuary Chapel
538 Tracy Grove Road
Hendersonville, NC 28792

Mary Eloise Johnson, 86, of Hendersonville, passed away June 8, 2009.

A native of Marietta, Ohio, she had lived in Buncombe and Henderson counties since 1967. She and her husband owned and operated Johnsonís Furniture stores and Ace Tool and Mold. She had attended Hendersonville Pentecostal Holiness Church.

She is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, Vilas D. Johnson; one son, Donald and three daughters, Janet, Linda and Elizabeth; grandchildren Holly, Austin, Ethan, Landon and Rachel; and several great-grandchildren.

A funeral will be held at 1:00 pm Friday in the chapel of Forest Lawn Mortuary. The Pastor Anthony Craver will officiate. Burial will follow the service at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends 6:00 to 7:30 pm, Thursday, at the funeral home.

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jerry & Bobbi Theobald
8 years ago

Bittersweet: Sad to part for a little while with one I always described as a very kindhearted,wonderful lady.Sweet to think that very soon we will see that wonderful lady again in the Glory that awaits us,and she now is experiencing.

Diane Hayden (Theobald)
8 years ago

Dear Vilas and family,

I am sorry for your loss of your beautiful wife and mother. Although the miles between us didn’t allow me to spend time with Aunt Eloise I will always cherish the summer I spent in your home as a teenager. I will remember Aunt Eloise as a woman who really enjoyed her family and life. Thank God for her graduation day.

Love & prayers,

Diane Hayden and family

Rex Theobald
8 years ago

Gone to be with the GOD she served all her life. I am happy for her and sad for the family.

She will be missed.

Rex Carolyn Theobald and family.

Holly Harwood
8 years ago


I am thankful that God was merciful and took Grandma home quickly. I am grateful that God saw fit to let Grandpa “walk” his SWEETHEART “home”. It was a blessing that Grandma had recent fellowship with all of her loving children. As this entire family mourns our loss I pray for the Holy Spirit to wrap us up in his arms of comfort and give our hearts peace. I pray that God will bring us his “Joy in the morning” when our “night” of grieving is past.

Grandma leaves me with a legacy of lessons taught with a kind and gentle spirit. Grandma taught me about serving others when she took me to visit and befriend nursing home patients. Grandma taught me about courage and confidence when she taught me to jump into the deep end of the swimming pool WITHOUT my life-jacket and when she taught me how to ride my bicycle WITHOUT my training wheels. Grandma taught me about hearth and home with things like caring for my baby cousins, gardening, canning, making tasty dishes like wilted lettuce. Grandma also taught me about just having a good old fashioned time , the moments spent in her basement at an old pump organ singing silly silly songs at the top of our lungs was priceless. There are many other lessons and memories I will cherish for the whole of my life. She even taught my video game generation boys how to make home-made bread and they to this day refer to her as “the Grandma we made bread with”.

Grandma leaves me with a greater legacy still, the life she lived as a virtuous woman. Her character as a wife and mother. Her devotion to hearth and home. Her generosity and biblical teachings. She gives me, gives us all something to strive for. A life lived gently and softly by a small tender woman, but a life lived with a BOLD message and a BOLD example. Thank You Grandma and HAPPY HOMEGOING!!!!!!!!!I will miss you. Love, Holly

Tina Theobald Anderson
8 years ago

Uncle Vilas and Family,

I am so so sorry for your loss. Aunt Eloise was such a sweet lady. I have wonderful memories of her. You will all be in my thoughts, heart and prayers. I know she is happy and peaceful with Jesus now. I wish my Mom and I could be there with you.

Love and prayers, Tina

Patti Webster (John Kelly Family)
8 years ago


I am so sorry for your loss. I loved talking with Eloise on the phone. She was such a sweet person. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time. The rest of the Family also sends their condolences.