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Patricia A. (Johnson) Harlan


GALESBURG-Patricia “Patty’’ Harlan, 50, Galesburg, formerly of Abingdon, died at 6:39 p.m., April 16, 2009, in her home surrounded by her loving family, after a courageous three-year fight against cancer.
She was born Jan. 10, 1959, in Monmouth, the daughter of Thomas Sr. and Lucy (Starkey) Johnson. She married her high school sweetheart, Jack C. Harlan Sr., March 13, 1976, in the Avon Gospel Chapel. They were married 33 wonderful years. He survives.
She is also survived by her mother, Lucy Johnson, Abingdon; her children, Jack C. (Frances) Harlan, Jr., Knoxville, Patrick (Jennifer) Harlan, Justin Harlan, Brett Harlan and Brittney Harlan, all of Galesburg; her brothers, Thomas (Leona) Johnson, Jr., Abingdon, Michael (Patti) Johnson, rural Berwick, James (Vicky) Johnson, Abingdon, Craig (Kathy) Johnson, Alexis, and Steve Johnson of Alaska; her sisters, Virginia (John) O’Reilly, Abingdon, Phyllis (Kevin) Skinner, Dunlap, and Christina (Todd) O’Halleran of Iowa. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her father, Thomas D. Johnson Sr.
Patty enjoyed rearing her children and spending time together as a family. She was an avid church attender. Through her sickness she brought her whole family and members of the community closer to our savior Jesus Christ.
Patty graduated from Abingdon High School in 1977. She was a member of the First Church of the Open Bible in Galesburg.
Services were held Monday, April 20, 2009, in the First Church of the Open Bible, Galesburg, with Pastor Ted Gillum officiating.
Burial was in the Abingdon Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Brittney Nicole Harlan college fund.
Hinchliff-Pearson-West Abingdon Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
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