Charlotte Baum Johnson, was born Feb 25, 1928 in Springfield, Missouri to Virginia and Charles Baum. She enjoyed life for nearly 92 years, leaving for Heaven on January 15, 2020.
She attended Washington University in St. Louis and studied fashion design. Throughout her life, Charlotte was known for her poise and elegance. She was introduced to Ray H. Johnson in 1949 and the two were married in February 1950. Their union produced two children, Jennifer and Christopher and their marriage lasted for two months shy of 50 years upon the death of Ray in December 1999. They were best friends who loved to travel in Europe (Switzerland was her favorite) and made many trips to Italy and Vatican City. They enjoyed boating on Lake of the Ozarks, starting with a 30-foot Chris Craft in 1960. As the kids grew, so did the cruisers and by the mid 80’s they enjoyed many happy summer days with family and friends on their 45-foot dream boat. Charlotte was the “hostess with the mostess.” She was the master of cooking comfort food and baking treats. Her style and grace at entertaining was well-known. She could whip up a delicious spread on the back deck of her boat, for a backyard neighborhood party or for her teenagers following a Friday night Miege football game.
She and her family lived in Westwood, KS for nearly 65 years and she was a founding member of the Westwood Garden Club. Charlotte was generous with her time and volunteered as room mother, Den Mother, Girl Scout leader, anything that gave her a chance to spend time with her children and their friends. She was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha and was a past president of their Kansas City Alumnae Club.
She leaves behind her daughter, Jennifer Wenzel (Hal) and her son Chris M. Johnson (CeCe) and four beloved grandchildren, Hannah Wenzel, Amelia Wenzel Reintjes (Paul), Charles Johnson and Connor Johnson. She was the quintessential mom, wife and “Mimi”. We loved her so,and she will be missed every day.
Services, Tuesday, January 21, 2020. Saint Agnes Church, 5250 Mission Rd., Roeland Park, KS. Rosary 9:30a.m.; Visitation from 9:45 – 10:45 a.m.; Mass at 11:00 a.m. Memorial contributions to Saint Agnes Church, where she was a parishioner for 70 years. Assistance by Funeral Advocates, LLC.
Beautiful lady, gracious and gentle. She wil be missed.
J you forgot to mention she never had an unkind word for anyone or anything. She supported and encouraged us as teenagers young adults and loved us as we became parents. She was a lovely example of a friend spouse and parent. I will miss her!
Ms. Charlotte was the epitome of grace and eloquence. The world has lost a ‘classy chick’
Loved your mom, such a dear lady! Sending hugs for everyone- and will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers!
Much love to you all! We will all miss her!
She was so beautiful and full of life. She ALWAYS made any of her daughters friends welcome. I am so very sorry for your loss.
Charlotte’s smile always raised everyone’s spirit. She and Ray raised two wonderful children, Jennifer and Chris, who gave them four beautiful grandchildren. May God continue to bless the Johnson family as they continue to bless all who know them.
Jennifer and Chris:
We are so sorry about your mother.
Jo and David Heinzman
Thank you, Ms. Booker. You are very dear to us.
Thank you, Sally. She always enjoyed my darling friends. Xo
Thank you, Renee. Our moms are having fun together again!!
Thanks, Leslie. She really was a classy girlie! She taught us all those “first mate” boating entertainment secrets!! ?
You are so right!! Thanks for the obit epilogue!! ?❤️
Thank you Lyn. ❤️
Thanks, Jo and David. We were so lucky to have her in our lives for so long. We will miss her.
Just hearing of Charlotte’s passing, so sorry I missed the service. She was my neighbor for the past 25+ years and will miss her dearly. She and Ray watched over me and my house which I always appreciated. I enjoyed her sugar cookies and just having tea over the years. She also took care of the stray cats making sure they were fed and warm. The neighborhood won’t be the same without her and her gentle smile. My prayers are with her family, may they find comfort in their memories.
Thank you, Becky. You were a wonderful neighbor to mother.
I am late to hearing of this. We lived across the street from Charlotte from 2009-2014. She was such a sweet woman and I missed being her neighbor. Sending prayers to her family.