In Honor of Johnna Sill

Johnna Sill, born on March 25, 1956, in Joplin, Missouri, had a giving heart and spent much of her time teaching and volunteering in various roles at her church. She cherished the memories created with her family and friends. Johnna, 65, passed away on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, surrounded by loving family. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Johnna had a passion for kids; she loved to mentor, teach, and spend time with children. Her sister, Shelly Mason, is the Florida Customer Service Manager at the Monique Burr Foundation for Children (MBF). Through Shelly, Johnna was introduced to MBF and its mission to protect children and teens with prevention education programs.

In lieu of flowers and in honor of Johnna, the family has asked that donations be submitted to MBF (Johnna’s favorite charity). Donations will go towards helping The Children’s Center of Southwest Missouri provide the MBF Child Safety Matters® program to elementary schools in the Joplin, Missouri community. This program will help protect kids from child abuse, bullying, and other types of child victimization.

Please visit to make a donation. Upon making a donation, please select “Tribute Gift” and in honor of Johnna Sill. 

What They're Saying...

The MBF Child Safety Matters program is impressive. This important information is well formulated and well presented, developmentally appropriate, and based on good understanding of literature.

There’s not a child in the world who can’t benefit from this program. There are so many instances where we see children who have been damaged and hurt. Things happened to them and we think, if they’d only had this program, if they’d only had the benefit of this education, that might not have happened to them. If we can prevent that from happening to a single child, then it’s worth all the effort we have put forth.

The MBF Teen Safety Matters curriculum hosts an in-depth approach to important social and safety concerns relevant to youth. The program content is age-appropriate with engaging activities, jargon, and realistic situations to positively promote a relatable and impacting learning experience…Teen Safety Matters is an educational benefit to all parties involved – students, parents, facilitators, and schools.

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