Nubye Juanita Casey Johnson was born November 5, 1924, in Phoenix, Arizona to Mabel Claire Mayben Casey and Walter Nuby Casey. She was the oldest of a family of five sisters and one brother. She attended schools in Hancock, Grosvenor, Sterling City, Austin and Lometa, Texas. She graduated in 1942 from Tivy High School in Kerrville. During World War II she worked in “The Secret City” Oak Ridge, Tennessee where part of the atomic bomb was developed. She came back to Texas and graduated from Jolly School of Beauty in San Angelo, TX in 1946.
In August of that same year, she met the love of her life W.E. “Buddie” Johnson, and they were married 3 months later, in November 1946. To this union was born a son, Donald Wayne and a daughter, Linda Dianne. The family lived in Artesia, New Mexico; Ft. Pierce, Florida; and Kermit, Texas where the children started and graduated school. While in Kermit, Nubye worked for the Juvenile Probation Office, Ideal Furniture and J.V. Gibson, M.D. She was also an excellent seamstress and sewed for the public for years.
In 1973, Buddie and Nubye moved to Andrews where she took watercolor, oil and china painting classes. She left her family many treasured paintings. In 1977, they moved to Gardendale, Texas where Nubye pursued her love of gardening and always shared the bounty of their huge garden with family and friends. It was at this time in her life she started quilting again and made many beautiful quilts that were given to family and chosen friends.
Nubye accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior, and was baptized at First Baptist Church in Lamesa, TX in 1932 at the age of eight years old. Nubye was a member of the Body of Christ and met regularly at the Promised Land Bible Study. She loved the Lord all her life and her favorite hobby was studying God’s word. Nubye was a true prayer warrior for all who asked and many who did not. Numerous lives were touched and changed by her prayers. She always focused on the good in people rather than the bad. She had many God given talents, and all through her life used these to God’s glory. She understood any strengths she had, and any potential she possessed was from God to whom one day she would give an account. She strove to follow God’s leading not to conform to this world, but to be transformed into the likeness of his son, Jesus Christ. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.
Nubye departed this life and graduated to heaven to spend eternity with her creator, Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on December 4, 2022. She is preceded in death by her faithful husband Buddie. She is survived by her son Donnie Johnson; daughter Linda Palma and husband Ruben; granddaughter Muffin Navarrete and husband Isaac; and great granddaughters Ryan Navarrete, Rany Navarrete and Alexandrea Gillespie and husband Ray; also, numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Services will be Tuesday, December 13, 2022, at 2pm at Sunset Memorial Gardens & Funeral home. They will also be live streamed at www.sunsetodessa.com. The family requests that memorials be made to a charity of your choice in lieu of flowers.