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.