Jan. 18, 1913 - May 27, 2003

Longtime Grant County resident Alice Annie (McAlpine) Johnson, 90, died May 27 at Memorial Hospital in Craig, Colo., where she lived near nephew Larry Johns.

She was born Jan. 18, 1913, to Dan and Annie McAlpine at the McAlpine Ranch at Galena. She attended elementary school at Galena then lived with family friends at Cle Elem, Wash., where she completed high school. Returning to the Bates area, she lived with her sister, Mabel, and worked at the Bates Hotel.

In 1944, she met Norman Johnson after he returned to Susanville after serving in the United States Air Force during World War II. They were married on June 30, 1945, at St. John's Cathedral in Boise, Idaho.

They resided at Mt. Vernon and Bates, then moved to Prairie City in 1973.

Mrs. Johnson enjoyed her home, yard and garden and was a member of the Prairie City Garden Club. She also sold Avon and collected Avon memorabilia. Other hobbies included knitting and crocheting multitudes of sweaters, hats, gloves for family members.

Mrs. Johnson is survived by nieces and nephews including: Larry Johns, Charlie O'Rorke, Dorothy Titus, Marie Veenheizen, Elaine Lund, Alvan Arthur, Jerry Harrison and Bob Harrison, and many great-nieces and -nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman, and sisters, Celesta, Mary, Mabel and Belle.

Funeral mass officiated by Father Julian Cassar was held June 2 at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in John Day. Interment followed at Prairie City Cemetery.

Pall bearers included Charlie and Jake O'Rorke, and Larry, Matthew, Grant and Khristopher Johns. Honorary pall bearers were all her friends and family.

Memorial contributions can be made to the St. Elizabeth Parish in care of Driskill Memorial Chapel in John Day.

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