NOVEMBER 4, 1937 – JULY 20, 2011
Loving wife, mother, grandmother and educator. Born November 4, 1937 and died July 20, 2011, age at death, 73 years. Johanna was the daughter of Jewette and Thanie (Stafford) Mizell. She was a 1955 graduate of Bogalusa High School and a 1959 graduate of Southeastern Louisiana College, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and later a Master’s +30 in Education. She spent the majority of her career in Tangipahoa Parish, teaching at Holy Ghost, Loranger, and Natalbany Schools, as an elementary classroom teacher. She also taught at Pine Grove and later in Starkville, Mississippi as her husband attended graduate school. She spent the latter years of her professional career as a Title I Supervisor and retired in 2000.
She is survived by her husband, George Hess of Hammond; a son, Stephen of Ponchatoula; a daughter, Thanette (Hess) Hunsberger and her husband Alan of Watson. She has five grandchildren: Nicole (Shane) Harris, Ashley Hunsberger, Scott Hess, Shanna Lambert and Cole Lambert. She has one great-granddaughter. She is also survived by two brothers, Maddox (Marie) Mizell of Metairie and Billy Ray (Mildred) Mizell of Bogalusa and many cousins, nieces and nephens. She was preceded in death by her parents Jewette and Thanie and an infant brother, Henry.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Red Hat Ladies, Tangi Travelers, Shanghai Card Club and the Y-Knots Square Dance Club. She volunteered many hours at North Oaks Hospital of Hammond. She enjoyed traveling with George and vacation trips with her traveling group. Johanna spent the last month of her life at the Richard Murphy Hospice House, where she received exceptional care. Many thanks go to their caring staff. The family also wishes to sincerely thank her many friends, associates, and colleagues for all their care and support. Johanna elected to donate her body to contribute to the scientific research of cancer. “Bear one another’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Gal. 6:2)