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Shirley Jo (Tackett) Johns, age 83, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at her home in Hot Springs, Ark., with her family at her bedside.

Shirley was born on Nov. 1, 1935, to Joseph W. and Effie (Johnson) Tackett. Shirley attended Alamo Elementary School, Mount Ida High School and some high school in Idaho. After moving to St. Louis, Mo., she met her future husband, Robert (Bob) Jessie Johns. They were married on Feb. 3, 1955, and were together until his death in 2006. Shirley and Bob loved to travel and made many trips through America, Mexico and Europe. Shirley graduated with an Associate of Science in Nursing from St. Louis Community College at Forest Park in 1970. After graduation, she began a long career as a registered nurse in the St. Louis area until she retired in 1995. Shirley worked for many high-profile people, including August Anheuser "Gussie" Busch Jr., owner of the St. Louis Cardinals and Anheuser-Busch Companies.

Shirley and Bob were both licensed ham radio operators and enjoyed visiting with people in many countries around the world. After retiring, they moved to Hot Springs to be closer to family and to enjoy a slower pace of life where she enjoyed her great love of fishing at any of the surrounding lakes. She also volunteered her time at St. Joseph's Hospital and actively participated in the local women's Country Club. She was also a great cook and prepared wonderful meals for family and friends at her beautiful home near Lake Hamilton, where everyone was always welcome. Shirley and Bob were also members of Crossgate Church in Hot Springs, where they shared their love of Jesus Christ. Shirley was loved by many and will be greatly missed.

Shirley is preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Effie (Johnson) Tackett; her husband, Robert Johns; her son, Steven R. Johns; her five brothers, Cecil, Jake, Jewel, Burleigh and Denver Tackett; and her sister, Doris (Tackett) Wyatt.

Shirley is survived by her brother, Fairrel Tackett (Phyllis), of Federal Way, Wash.; her daughter, Paula Campbell (JB), of Hot Springs, Ark.; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

"For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our LORD." Romans 8:38-39

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in the Davis-Smith Funeral Home chapel, Hot Springs, with Brother Roger Reid and Brother Chris Rogers officiating.

Interment will be in Wacaster Cemetery, near Bonnerdale.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Monday.

Pallbearers will be Aaron Campbell, Michael Johns, Austin Campbell, Xzavier Montgomery, Connor Smith and Carter Smith.

Honorary pallbearers will be Heath Campbell, Carson Reynolds and J.B. Campbell.

Guest registry is at

Obits on 04/20/2019

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