Arlene Jeanette Johnson

Posted: Tuesday, October 22, 2002

Juneau resident Arlene Jeanette Johnson died Oct. 10, 2002, at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, Wash.

She was born on July 13, 1926, in Bonilla, S.D. In 1936 the family moved to the farming community of Ruthven, Iowa. After graduating from Ruthven High School in 1943, Arlene moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked for the U.S. government until her marriage in 1946. She raised six children in Seat Pleasant, Md., and was admired by friends and family for her great cooking, talent for sewing her children's clothes, and fine needlework. In 1965 she moved with her children to Tacoma, Wash., working for the Boeing Co. from 1966-74. After a short vacation to Southeast Alaska in 1974, she decided to make Juneau her home. She worked for the Alaska Department of Education from 1975 until her retirement in 1987. After retirement, she worked at Tina's Boutique where she enjoyed sharing craft ideas and skills.

Her family said needlework, especially crocheting, knitting, and cross-stitch, and crafts of all nature, were her passions throughout her life. She also was a very enthusiastic bowler from 1963 until she lost her eyesight in 1999, having bowled duckpins on the East Coast and ten pins on the West Coast. They said she will be missed by all.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William Dewey and Lura Bussell.

She is survived by sons William N. Johnson Jr. of Snohomish, Wash.; Michael Johnson of Reno, Nev.; Gary (Barbara Sibley) Johnson of Tigard, Ore.; daughters Terry (Ken Williamson) Johnson of Juneau; Sharon (David) Gokey of McLean, Va.; Cheri (Robert) McNary of Sandy, Utah; brothers Eldon (Jean) Bussell of Port Angeles, Wash.; Merlyn (Vera) Bussell of Tacoma, Wash.; sister Mavis Hanna of Juneau; grandchildren Kris, Ky and Keri Williamson of Juneau; Monica and Jonathan Gokey of McLean, Va.; Emily McNary of Sandy, Utah; and numerous nieces and nephews.

At her request no memorial services were held. Next spring, her family will return her ashes to Juneau, the city she loved.

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