Lillian (Lilly) Aubrey Johnson, 6, of Hermitage, died on February 25, 2019, surrounded by her loved ones, after her long and courageous battle with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare bone cancer.
She was born September 4, 2012.
Lilly attended Hermitage Elementary School, Antioch Primitive Baptist Church and Hermitage Methodist Church, both in Hermitage.
She had many amazing accomplishments during her short life. She was ambassador for Arkansas Children’s Hospital where her beautiful smile lit up Christmas cards and billboards throughout the state. She was a spokesperson for Honda Hope for Wheels and a representative for UAMS Radiation Oncology Center, local and statewide TV celebrity.
She was a camper at Camp Quality, a local camp for children battling cancer; a member of Hope Landing where she specialized in horse riding; a team member of Zane Ferrell Racing; and a co-pilot for Southwest Airlines.
Lilly had a love for sign language. She was a kangaroo advocate and was able to name her own kangaroo, Hoppy Roo, at Cockrills Country Critters petting zoo. She touched the lives of everyone she met and so many others with her beautiful smile and ability to live life to the fullest no matter the obstacle placed in front of her.
Lilly is survived by her parents, John Paul, III and Jennifer Johnson of Hermitage; siblings, Dylan Duncan, Abby Johnson, Zane Johnson and Emma Johnson of Hermitage; grandparents, Marsha and Jimmy Daniel of Mountain Home, Cindy and Larry Milligan of Wilmar, and Michael Jones of El Dorado; great-grandparents, Mackie Eeds of Hampton, Tommy and Arlene Allen of Marianna, Meda Jones of Hampton, Jay Milligan of Scott City Missouri and Ronnie Stringfellow of Hampton; aunts, Jennifer (and Scott) King of Little Rock, Stephanie (and Gary) Pruitt; uncle, Preston (and Felicia) Jones of Paris Texas; and aunts Brittney (and Jordan) Angell of Texarkana Arkansas and Magen (and Steven) Pilcher of Mayflower, Arkansas; and a host of family and very special friends including, Oakley Nimmo, Sosie Dornan and Piper Stanley.
Lilly was preceded in death by grandparents, Terry Jones, John Paul Johnson, Sr., John Paul Johnson, Jr., Dorothy Harrod Johnson, Jim Jones, David Eeds, Linda Stringfellow, Henry Ables; and cousin, Justin Jones.
Our family would like to give a special thanks to Arkansas Children’s Hospital Hem/ONC nurses, doctors, respiratory therapists, social worker, emergency department, radiology, secretaries, and other staff involved with Lilly’s care. They have been an integral part of our lives and treated us like family and for that we will be forever grateful.
Funeral services will be held on Friday March 1, at 1:30 p.m. Frazer’s Funeral Home in Warren, with Elder Joe Evans and Rev. Marty Reep officiating. Burial will be held at Union Hill Cemetery in Hermitage.
Memorials may be made to:
Arkansas Children’s Hospital 4K
PO Box 2222 Little Rock AR 72203
PO Box 10215
El Dorado AR 71630
PO Box 9095
Jonesboro, AR 72403