Naomi Florence Johnson

Naomi Florence Johnson

Naomi Florence Johnson died Feb. 14, 2006, at her residence in John Day. She was 79.

Graveside services were held Feb. 17 at the Asotin Cemetery in Asotin, Wash.

Mrs. Johnson was born Dec. 11, 1926, in Asotin, Wash. to Ole and Bessie Watkins. She went through the fifth grade at the Anatone School and in the winter she and her siblings would walk down the road to catch a horse-drawn sleigh to go to school. The family moved to Asotin, where she graduated in 1944.

She met the love of her life, Leonard Johnson, and they were married Nov. 24, 1944. They had three children, Margaret (Margi), Sharon and Bill, all born in Lewiston, Idaho.

In 1961, they left Asotin to attend the Salvation Army training college in San Francisco. They went to Nampa, Idaho where Mrs. Johnson touched many lives through Girl Guards, Sunbeams, Home League, Young People and many other ministries for five years. From there they moved to Medford to be in ministry for seven years, and then on to Salem for two years. They retired in 1976 and returned to Medford.

Mrs. Johnson loved to do crafts and one of her favorites was plastic canvas. Very seldom did she ever make one of anything. She always made at least five, ten or 15 because she wanted to make sure all of her family members had one. Her little sister, Dee, was a coworker on many of her projects.

She enjoyed gardening and did a lot of canning. She became very well-known for her mother's perky pickles. She spent many years putting together family history from way back and always made sure that her family got copies of everything new that she discovered. Coins were another treasured hobby of hers. There, too, she made sure that all of her family had coin books of which she spent many hours on. Time spent with her family was very special to her and she always remembered all of their birthdays with cards and phone calls.

Mr. and Mrs. Johnson moved to John Day in August of 2003. Many family members helped to decorate and landscape their new home. Mrs. Johnson loved watching the deer, rabbits, quail, birds and Pee Wee the dachshund.

She is survived by her husband, Leonard Johnson; daughters Margaret Robinson of Medford, Sharon Alverts and her husband, Bob, of Tigard; son Bill Johnson and wife, Sandy, of John Day; sister, Dee Dee Crumb and husband, Gene, of Lewiston, Idaho; five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ole and Bessie Watkins, three sisters and three brothers.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Parkinson's Center of Oregon through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.

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