|Mrs. Daisy Asford Johnson was born April 30, 1903 in Wilson, Louisiana to Joseph and Luville Ashford. She died in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on April 15, 1981. Her funeral was held on April 20, 1981 at Neely United Methodist Church, where she had served and worshipped for years.
Rev. and Mrs. J. F. Johnson felt that the youth of the church were something very special and precious. Many of the young ministers of this conference remember J. F. and Daisy as youth counselors at Gulfside. While serving at Neely Church, Baton Rouge, J. F. died in 1966, but Daisy knew Neely as home and continued to worship and serve there. She was a Lay Speaker and President of the United Methodist Women. But still her greatest love was the youth, where she served as youth counselor until her health failed. Faithful, fervent, dutiful, and untiring, she gave service to the Youth Fellowship. She not only opened her heart to the youth, she opened all she had. She always had them in her home where she taught them about Jesus and His church. She helped them with their problems, encouraged them to overcome obstacles, and demanded that they develop their strengths and reach their potential. She knew full well the words of Jesus when he spoke of the ‘least of these my brethren.’ So for her youth and anyone else in need: when they were hungry, she fed them and when they were thirsty, she gave them water to drink. The testimony that some of her youth gave at her funeral could be paraphrased using the words of Jesus as recorded in Mark 14:6-8 where he spoke of the woman who anointed Him at Bethany saying, “She has done a fine and beautiful thing…She did what she could.”
Daisy’s love was not limited to her youth group. She loved people and in a special way she loved the ministers and their wives. Before sickness stopped her, she was very active with and opened her home to all, enjoyed preparing and serving meals to people as she feasted on their company and the fellowship of the occasion.
Regardless of when and where the worship hour was, she looked forward to attending and participating. She had a very sharp ear for the sermon, delighted in hearing the Word preached, and listened intensely for God’s Word. She would smile, sometimes would laugh, but would always respond with a hearty ‘Amen’. Even when unable to talk because of sickness, you could hear her mumble ‘Amen’ during prayer.
Strong willed and forceful, Daisy was one of tremendous courage and faith. Somewhere in her life, she had discovered treasure. She gave her complete commitment, devotion, and trust to her treasure. She lived by faith, clinging to her treasure. When old age came, she accepted it. Before sickness and death came, she foretold it. In sickness and approaching death, her spirit was calm, her courage knew no fear, her faith immovable and her confidence and hope was certain and sure. All of this because she had found treasure. Charles Wesley seemingly also knew of this treasure for he wrote:
Jesus! the name that charms our fears,
That bids our sorrows cease,
‘Tis music in the sinners ears,
‘Tis life, and health, and peace.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1981, p. 183 By Donald R. Avery|