Jordan's sweet Grandma passed away on November 10th. Her funeral was held that next weekend in Jerome, Idaho. It was a wonderful tribute to her life of love and service for her family and friends. It is sad to have her gone but we're all happy that she is no longer suffering, and that she is now reunited with her sweetheart. Grandma Johnson was sick most of the time I knew her. I'm sad that I didn't get to know her in her prime, but also happy that I have memories of her so that I can tell my children about what a wonderful lady she was.
Here is her obituary:
Gudrun B. Johnson passed from this mortal life into the arms of her one true love on the evening of November 10, 2014 in Draper, Utah. Gudrun was born on March 9, 1934 in Jerome, Idaho to Hyrum Lynn and Maibelle Ruth Jensen. She grew up in the Hagerman/Tuttle area where she was the oldest of 4 daughters. They had many an adventure on the farm and canyon rim. She learned to work hard and be productive and how to make do or do without. She graduated from Hagerman High School in 1952. Following graduation she moved to Twin Falls to attend Business School. She worked for several years at Krengel’s Hardware Store in Twin Falls, Idaho as their main book keeper. It was while working at Krengel’s that she met the love of her life, Richard Johnson. They were married on April 29, 1961 in Jerome, Idaho. Out of this union came 4 children. They made homes in Twin Falls and Jerome. In 1971, they traveled as a family to the Idaho Falls Temple to be sealed for eternity.
Gudrun was a talented seamstress, master crocheter and gardener. She canned and preserved many things and could stretch a dollar better than anyone we know. She loved getting ready for Christmas and spent the entire year shopping to make sure there were lots of presents under the tree. She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many callings. She always found her greatest joy in serving others. She was quick observe and then serve.
Gudrun is survived by three children: Martha (David), Todd (Crystal), and Melinda (Doug), eight grandchildren: Jordan (Corina), Devan, Landan, Austan , Kayla (Sean), Katie, Boden, and Taesh, 1 great granddaughter, Reagan. She is also survived by two sisters: Janet (Roy) and Emma Lou, many nieces and nephews, and her trusted canine companion, Okie. She was preceded in death by her sweetheart, Richard, one son, her parents, and a sister.
The family wishes to thank those that helped care for Gudrun in failing health, particularly America, Teresa, and Sonja at the Wentworth, and Marissa and Isabell of Kindred at Home Hospice.
A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, November 15, at 2:00 p.m. in the Jerome Second Ward Building located at 100 South 50 East in Jerome, Idaho. A visitation with family will be held one hour prior to service and also Friday, November 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the church. Arrangements under the direction of Farnsworth Mortuary.
She said that her favorite flowers were lilies, but that roses were always very special if they were from Richard. Martha and her siblings thought it was fitting to get her some roses for this occasion. It was a beautiful reminder of the loving marriage and companionship she is still enjoying even after death.
^^All of her posterity, minus Austan, who is in Guatemala. She said her favorite color was blue, so the blue ties were a special treat for her. (Martha said, maybe it's BYU blue, which is one of the reasons why her boys were always so fond of her)
Back in September Reagan and I took a trip to Boise with Martha, and were able to stop at this cemetery and visit Martha's father's grave, Jordan's Grandpa, as well as many other relatives resting places. I'm glad that we were able to visit the cemetery that day in September when it wasn't 21° so that we could walk around and enjoy it. On November 15th, it was pretty frigid, and so we had to limit our time outside in the cold. Once the grave was dedicated we hurried and loaded ourselves in the cars and headed back to the church for a family dinner.
Grandma Johnson will be missed, but thankfully only temporarily, because we know that families can be together forever, a fact that we are eternally thankful for.