She was born May 25, 1920, at Blaine, Kan., the youngest of nine children, to Joseph "Joe" Pendergast and Bridget Higgins Pendergast. She married Charlie M. Johnson on Oct. 3, 1952, in Kansas City, Mo. He preceded her in death on Dec. 7, 1991. Elouise attended St. Columbkill's Grade School and Blaine Rural High School, graduating in 1938. She worked during the Second World War at the Lake City Arsenal Plant, and Pratt Whitney Plant in Kansas City, and the Navy ship yard at Portsmouth, N.H. She also worked in the garment industry, at Southwestern Bell Telephone Company and the board of education all in Kansas City, Mo. She and her husband, and children moved to Fort Scott in August of 1971. She was an avid quilt maker, having made and quilted over one hundred quilts, in addition to quilting for others.
She was a member of Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church and St. Anne's Altar Society. She helped organize "The Quilters" at St. Mary's Catholic Church.
Survivors include two sons, Dale Clark, Blaine, Kansas and Ivan Johnson, Joplin, Missouri; three daughters, Doloris Sonntag, of the home in Fort Scott, Charlene Campbell, Joplin, Mo., and Rita Hester, Drexel, Mo.; two sons-in-law, and one daughter-in-law. Also surviving are 17 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 39 years, her oldest son, Claude Clark and his wife, Patricia, and grandson, Paul; a daughter, Bridget Zugg; four brothers, Art, Frank, Leo, and Argyle; and four sisters, Josephine Pendergast, Sr. M. Stephen Pendergast, O.S.B., Regina Ramsey and Sr. M. Richard Pendergast, O.S.B.
Father Robert Wachter will conduct Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at the Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church. Burial will follow in the U.S. National Cemetery. The Rosary will be recited at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Cheney Witt Chapel with visitation following.
Memorials are suggested to the St. Mary's Catholic School, American Cancer Society or Hospice Compassus and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, Kan., 66701.
Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.