Obituaries

Obituaries

Bell-Johnson, Gayle Mudd

Gayle Mudd Bell-Johnson, 76, of Louisville, originally of Carrollton, Kentucky, passed from this world to be with her Heavenly Father on December 16, 2017.

Gayle was a loving mother, devoted wife and a friend to all who knew her. She filled her life with a constant giving nature. She never met a stranger and opened her heart and her home to anyone in need. She was a former president of The Women’s Dental Auxiliary, and was named Miss Carroll County in 1959. She gave her time in numerous ways, including teaching art at The de Paul School, involvement in Trinity High School theatre department productions, volunteering at The Ronald McDonald House and much more. She was an artist and loved sharing that talent with others. In recent years, she taught many of her friends to paint and how to make jewelry, often giving her works of art away to others. Gayle will be greatly missed by all those who had the honor of knowing her.

Gayle was preceded in death by her first husband, Dr. John D. Bell, in 1995.

She is survived by her loving husband of 15 years, Stephen Warren Johnson; her children, Scott Bell, Kenny Bell (Jill), Lisa Lynn Knight (Kevin) and Greg Bell (Sharon); grandchildren, Lauren, John, Nicholas, Kaley, Josh, Madalyn and Ethan Bell, Maxwell and Zachary Metrovich, Jacob and Tyler Knight and Mikayla Knight-Kinley; brothers, John (Carolyn) and Stephen (Janet) Glauber; nieces and nephews and many special friends.

Her funeral mass was celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at St. Edward Catholic Church, 9608 Sue Helen Drive, with burial following in St. Edward Cemetery.

Please make all expressions of sympathy to St. Edward Catholic Church.

Condolences may be left by going online to www.Ratterman.com.

Monohan, M. Elizabeth “Beth”

Beth Monohan, 76, died on December 17, 2017 at Episcopal Church Home. Born March 26, 1941 to Charles O’Ferrall Monohan and Melvina Ralph Monohan, Beth treasured the memories of her happy childhood on the Monohan family farm off Browns Lane. Growing up with her younger brothers Charles, who predeceased her in 1951, and David, Beth’s upbringing instilled in her an appreciation of nature, the outdoors, gardening and animals. She loved all farm animals, who “smelled like home,” and had dogs and cats until the last year of her life.

Beth was a proud 1959 graduate of Kentucky Home School for Girls, where she excelled in field hockey and played the half-court basketball that girls were only “allowed” to play at the time.  She valued her ties to Kentucky Home and was proud that her children Justin Tamplin and Sadie Tamplin Chandler later attended and graduated from its successor Kentucky Country Day School (KCD), where Beth helped coach field hockey for several years. 

Beth attended Colby Junior College for Women (now Colby-Sawyer College) in New Hampshire where she met life-long best friend Sally Watterson Mortimer. Graduating from Colby, she returned to Kentucky to attend University of Kentucky, where she pledged Kappa Kappa Gamma. Beth was a die-hard Big Blue fan throughout her life.

After college, Beth lived and worked for a time in Boston before returning home to start a career in real estate. Mentored by her aunt, Mary Ellen Monohan Houston, she worked for many years with the Paul Semonin Company and later with Kentucky Select Properties, from which she retired in 2015.

Beth proudly supported and encouraged her children’s interests and activities with her time, participation and travel, including Justin’s service as a volunteer firefighter with the St. Matthews Fire Department (carrying on a Monohan tradition), football at KCD and touring with the musical group Nickel Creek (who called her “Mom”), and Sadie’s field hockey at KCD and Denison University, service with the Peace Corps and through-hike of the Appalachian Trail. Beth was equally proud of Justin’s wife Melissa Barker’s cyclocross racing and Sadie’s husband Chris Chandler’s work with the Parklands and The Nature Conservancy. Especially beloved were her grandchildren Masie, Henry and Samuel Chandler, who loved spending time with their “Gran.”

Beth was an organizer of gatherings for both the Monohan and Ralph families for holidays, reunions or just spending time together. She was particularly close to her Uncle Charles Ralph, who would “drop in” from Owensboro unannounced to attend a Louisville Orchestra concert and have a meal at Beth’s. Beth always kept up with friends old and new, from Kentucky Home, work, Justin and Sadie’s childhood and her St. Matthews neighborhood.

Beth was a constant and caring mother, grandmother and mother-in-law to Justin Tamplin and his wife Melissa Barker and to Sadie, her husband Chris Chandler and their children Masie, Henry and Samuel Chandler; sister and sister-in-law to David Monohan and his wife Kathy Quesenberry; cousin to Weesie Ralph Douglass, her husband Doug and too many Monohan cousins to name, and aunt to Jaime and Heather Monohan, all of whom survive her. 

Ever the practical planner, shortly after her diagnosis, Beth bequeathed her body to the University of Louisville Medical School in the hopes of assisting in a cure for Parkinson’s disease, which also afflicted her mother. In keeping with Beth’s wishes, she will be cremated and her ashes interred at Calvary Cemetery next to her mother.

All are welcome to a celebration of Beth’s life to be held on Thursday, December 21, 2017 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Mallard Crossing Apartments Clubhouse, 400 Mallard Creek Road in St. Matthews, a Monohan homestead known in the family as “Aunt Sadie’s house.” Donations in Beth’s honor and memory may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice; the Kentucky Humane Society, 241 Steedly Drive, 40214; Frontier Nursing University, P.O. Box 528, Hyden, KY 41749, or Kentucky Country Day School, 4100 Springdale Road, 40241. 

McGinty, Steven Dennis

Steven Dennis McGinty, 57, of Louisville, passed away Saturday, December 16, 2017.

He was a graduate of Valley High School and was a member of KFOA Hall of Fame. He retired from Louisville Water Company after several years of service. Steve was a football official for KFOA and was a past member of Midnighters Athletic Club.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Norma Jean McGinty.

He is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Patty McGinty; daughters, Kelsey McGinty (Christina) and Courtney McGinty; granddaughter, Madison, the love of his life; father, Dave McGinty Sr.; brothers, Dave McGinty Jr. (Vicki) and Timmy McGinty (Loretta) and sisters, Becky Beasy (Scott) and Pam Lucas.

His Mass of Resurrection will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, 5431 Johnsontown Road, with burial in Bethany Cemetery to follow.

Morrison, Diane Ishmael Fields

Diane Ishmael Fields Morrison, 76, of Louisville, a mother, grandmother, sister, friend and teacher, died peacefully on Monday, December 11, 2017. She was born August 30, 1941, in Hazard, Kentucky, graduated from Eastern Kentucky University, and later received Masters and Rank 1 degrees in Secondary Education from Western Kentucky University.

She married the late Johnny E. Morrison in 1961, and they had three children: John Alan; Julie, who died as an infant; and Carrie Ann. Diane enjoyed a long career as an educator, mostly at Western High School, where she was Kentucky’s first female assistant athletic director. Later, she was named director of GE’s $1 million college-bound program. After retirement, she tutored homeless students in their shelter after school.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ishmael Fields and Pauline Begley Fields. Diane is survived by her son, John Alan Morrison; daughter, Carrie Morrison Shoaf (Howard); granddaughter, Halle; brother, Alan Fields (Janie); sisters-in-law, Ann and Audrey Morrison; nephews, James Hicks (Lisa), Andrew Morrison (Kelly) and Jay Morrison (Heather); nieces, Heather Ernst (John), Denise Mathew (Brad), Greta Morrison, Becca McDaniel (Mark), Heather McGuire, Kinsey Morrison, Jillian Morrison and Teagan Morrison. A memorial service was held on Monday, December 18 at Highlands Funeral Home. 

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Shively Area Ministries.

Willis-Friedman, Ra’Tonya

Ra’Tonya Machelle Willis-Friedman, 42, passed away Saturday, December 16, 2017. She was a member of Southeast Christian Church; Mrs. KY 2008; Mrs. Kentucky America Family; Kate Spade Family and St. Mathews Elementary Family; and was a Consultant-Life Coach.

She was preceded in death by her brother, RaShaan Roland Willis and her mother-in-law, Nancy Friedman.

She is survived by her husband, Gary Friedman; sons, Noa’Sosa Ra’Shaan and Nehemiah Moses; parents, Robert and Marita Willis; father-in-law, Michael Friedman; grandmother, Bettie “Big Momma” Willis; brother-in-law, Donald Friedman (Gaby); great friend, Kenyata “Skyye” Rice; two nieces; a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

The funeral will be Thursday, December 21 at 11 a.m. at Southeast Christian Church, 920 Blankenbaker Pwy. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The Team Shaan Foundation, P.O. Box 20487, Louisville, KY 40250-0487.