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Obituary: Johnson, Gloria M.

Age 84

JOHNSON, Gloria M. (Age 83) Passed away on February 11, 2013. She was born in Sheboygan, WI on February 16, 1929. Her family moved to Spokane when she was nine. She started work at age 10 at the North Hill Bakery on Saturdays and after school. At age 13, she started playing her accordion at the Sons of Norway there for six years. She graduated from Rogers High School. She was an usherette at the Fox Theatre and also worked at the Garland Theatre as a cashier where she met her future husband, James Johnson. She also worked at the Music Box in the classical department and eventually became manager. She was a dental assistant for three years. While a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, she participated in the church choir, was a Sunday school teacher, and was a member of the church counsel. Her love of music continued with the Lutheran Women in Harmony and she enjoyed singing Handel’s Messiah each Christmas under the direction of Dr. Milton Johnson. She supported both of her children by volunteering as a Cub Scout Den Mother for three years and a Girl Scout leader for 16-years. She was a certified trainer for the Inland Empire Girl Scout council, a troop organizer for eight years, and Gold Award consultant and coordinator. She loved flowers, baking for her family, and was an excellent cook. She is survived by her husband, James A. Johnson, two children, Greg Johnson and Karen Wakker, four grandchildren, Elijah and Bridgette Johnson, and Jackie and Rochelle Wakker, her sister, Joanne Hogan, niece Julie Hogan, and brother Bob Pederson. At the families’ request, there will be no service.


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