Monday February 21st, 2022
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Jean Johnson Nisbet
Jean Patton Johnson Nisbet, 96, of Sanford passed away on Wednesday February 16, 2022. A graveside service will be held Monday February 21, 2022 at 1pm at Buffalo Cemetery
Ms. Nisbet grew up in Watertown, Tennessee with her parents, a brother and 3 sisters, and she was valedictorian of her class and earned a Master’s degree in Religious Education at Middle Tennessee State University. Her first job was in Olivia, NC, where she served as Director of Religious Education at a small Presbyterian church. She rented a home from Bryant Johnson, a local realtor, and after their first date playing tennis, they fell in love and married.
After Bryant’s death, Jean married Jim Nisbet, who had been the pastor she worked with so many years before. Both continued to be active members of St. Luke UMC, and Jean worked for several years as an administrative assistant with Interstate Johnson-Lane in Sanford, now Normann Financial Group.
Jean was a mom who truly provided unconditional love and support to her family. She loved all sports, especially UNC Tar Heel basketball, and her television was usually tuned to the Tennis Channel and ACC Network. She loved to knit, play the piano, sing hymns, read, pray, exercise, eat ice cream, and watch the wildlife in her backyard. Though she was a private person, she clapped and smiled anytime she had a visitor, and she always thanked everyone for every small or large gesture.
She is survived by her children Lynn McCulloch (Steve), Bryant (“Pat”) Johnson, Julie Conder (Terry), Jo Ann Eskridge (Davis), 4 stepdaughters Nancy Nisbet, Alice Nisbet, Elizabeth Nisbet, and Mary Asbury; grandchildren Brad Lewis, Mark Lewis, Josh Conder, Katie Conder, Anna Johnson, Iliana Santillan; great grandchildren Elijah Lewis, Cora Lewis, Madison Conder, Gabriel Conder and Cameron Conder.
The family would like to especially thank the caregivers and doctors who provided loving care and Christ-like compassion for our mom over the last few years: Jo Ann Campbell, Teresa Baker, Ashley Maness, Selena Burt, Ginger Hoffman, Carthina Alston, Malisha Stepney, Betty Stroud, Dr. Robert McConville and Dr. Michael Gillespie.
Memorial contributions can be made to the St. Luke UMC Foundation or St. Luke UMC Prayer Shawl Group, 2916 Wicker St, Sanford, NC 27330, or the Buffalo Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, 1333 Carthage St, Sanford, NC 27330.
Julie--You so often contributed to LCCO in your mother's honor that I feel like I knew her. My sympathy to you as you celebrate her important place in your life even as your grieve her passing.
Reinette Seaman Stephenson Mar 3 2022 11:07 AM
What a wonderful, full life for such a lovely lady! I didn't have the pleasure of meeting Jean personally, but it's clear she truly exemplified the life of a Christian in her actions and the love for her family. My thoughts and prayers are with Julie and all of the family as you rejoice in her homegoing, yet miss her deeply. Let God comfort you in the days ahead.
Jana Sisler Feb 23 2022 10:28 AM
Prayers and condolences and sorry for your loss, but she gained her wings in Heaven
Terry J Spivey Feb 23 2022 7:28 AM
So sorry for your loss. What a legacy she left from her life and the positive impact she made on the family and community. I had the opportunity to know Lynn in high school and to work with Julie several years in the pharmaceutical industry. I know that they are proud of their family and continue to be a positive reflection of their family heritage. May God continue to bless the family with their wonderful memories of Jean's life.
Tom Wilder Feb 22 2022 4:08 PM
Jean was such a sweet, kind person in our lives and in our father's life. She gave him a second chance at happiness. We were so grateful for Jean accepting him and us into her family. We have such good memories of those years. Condolences to all those left behind.
Alice Nisbet Feb 22 2022 8:57 AM
Aunt Jean always had a soft and caring demeanor. She did everything with a purpose, including raising a family to carry on that spirit of putting others first. Tanya, Duran, and I are truly blessed to be a part of her life and family. Please know we love you and the ties that bind us are precious and forever.
Belinda Bond Feb 21 2022 11:51 AM
Jo Ann & Davis and Family,
May God embrace each of you today and in the days ahead. We pray that your precious memories of your mom become treasures that give you comfort. Andy & I send condolences with love and hugs.
Andy & Dorline (Rose) Nelson - Edgewater, Florida Feb 20 2022 8:20 PM
Jean and my mother were best friends. Our family was blessed in so many ways having her and her family as a next-door neighbors in that wonderful neighborhood on West Chisholm St.
Judy and I pray your whole family will find God's grace, peace, and comfort during your time of lamentation.
Christ's Love to all,
Robert Watson Feb 20 2022 8:06 PM
I have the best memories growing up with Lynn and playing at the Johnson's house on Chisholm Street. Mrs Johnson always had homemade cookies or Rice Krispie treats when we came by after school from St Clair. She was a beautiful person inside and out, always so sweet and kind.
Toni Davenport Feb 19 2022 5:15 PM
Sending big hugs and prayers to Jo Ann and her entire family. While I never met Ms. Jean I always loved to hear Jo Ann's stories and receive pictures of her wearing UNC attire while watching our beloved Tarheels!
Paula Merritt Feb 19 2022 1:56 PM