“It felt like a calling.”

Our newest funeral director, Katie Johnson, was inspired by her older brother to go into funeral service industry. “My brother, Chris, is 16 years older than I, and when I was a young child,” she says, “I remember him working on his mortuary science homework.” She also recalls touring one of the funeral homes where he worked. “I was so intrigued.”

When Katie started community college, she hadn’t yet decided that she was going to pursue a degree in mortuary science, “But when a school counselor asked me what degree I was striving for, I naturally answered ‘funeral service.’ From there on I took the prerequisites for mortuary school, and it felt like that’s what I was supposed to be doing,” she says. “It felt like a calling.”

Eventually Katie got her bachelor’s of science degree in mortuary science from the University of Minnesota, just as Chris had done years before.

Originally from Minnesota, Katie grew up in Minnetonka, a suburb of the Twin Cities. After graduating from high school, she moved to Belle Plaine, a rural farming community an hour south of Minneapolis. She worked in her home state before relocating to Johnson City this year to join the Morris-Baker staff. “After meeting the staff and seeing Johnson City,” she says, “I felt very optimistic that this would be a good move for me.”

Katie has relocated with her family, which includes her daughter and “small fleet of rescued critters.” Her significant other and her father are also both working to relocate to Tennessee.

When asked what she likes most about working for Morris-Baker, she says, “I appreciate the integrity with which the business is run, an emphasis on the value in funeral service, and how fairly the staff is treated.”

When not at work, Katie spends a lot of her time helping animals: she volunteers at rescues, shelters, and sanctuaries. She also likes travel, hiking, horseback riding, and spending time with her family and friends.

We are so glad to have Katie on staff with us, and we hope she will be with us for many years to come.

WRITTEN BY: Shuly Cawood