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Lifetime Celebrations by Washelli

18224 103rd Ave. NE, Bothell, WA

OBITUARY

Joely Jennifer Johnson

October 9, 1967March 16, 2020

Loving and dedicated mom, caring daughter, always thoughtful and supportive older sister, fun aunt, compassionate and wonderful friend to so many. Inconceivable and heartbreaking loss for all of us who love her… There were so many things that defined Joely. She was a prolific writer and editor, longtime yoga enthusiast, music lover, a sensitive, thoughtful person who deeply cared about people as well as environment around her and how much they’ve been affected by the current state of affairs. She was a vibrant presence and beautiful, creative soul who always offered a helping hand and listening ear to anyone in need. But above all, as she described herself, motherhood dictated that list… She loved her son Erling more than anything in the universe. He is and always will be the person and her beautiful legacy that she was most proud of. “As some of us are looking at the end of the world as we know it, we need to be kind and compassionate to each other”… The painful void that we feel in our hearts can never be filled. We love you and miss you, Jo… Please celebrate Joely’s life and carry her resonating message and her beautiful memory forever…

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Sarah Diehl

April 1, 2020

Joely was a beautiful sensitive person I feel so fortunate to have known. I really don't understand how she could be gone. Her memory will forever be with her family and friends and I send my love and thoughts of healing to you all.

We met when her son Erling and my daughter were in the same Kindergarten class. Our connection and friendship was mostly shared at school throughout the past years, but we had many things in common like a love for art and writing and yoga. We worked together for a while on making a logo for her private yoga teaching. I enjoyed getting together with her for coffee. She gave me wonderful suggestions and advice for some camps I taught in the summer. We often sent each other little questions or hints and help since we both were working that freelance life. She was wise and always kind.

Erling is an amazing kid and I hope he knows that, and hope he knows how much his mom loved him.

I will miss her and I wish I could have spent more time with her.

Cyma Shapiro

March 28, 2020

I first became acquainted with Joely when I began my "Midlife Mothers" journey more than one decade ago. We immediately connected, and talked (and collaborated) several times over the past several years. I found that while we had different stories and journeys, we had SO MUCH in common. Joely was passionate, creative, real, compassionate and loving - with a spirit which was brighter than life. Above all, she was a warrior. She was the kind of person who, once you met her, would become your life-long friend. She also had so many people pulling for her. I hope and pray that as an angel, she is soaring in love and peace, above. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to her family members and, most of all, her son.

Joann Gandolfo

March 24, 2020

Joely was my 2nd cousin and our family is heartbroken. Agatha, Jennifer and family and Jon and family, I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter and sister. May you find comfort in the beautiful memories you have her Joely and from one another.

Cousin Joann

Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius

March 24, 2020

Our deepest sympathies go out to all the family and friends of our dear Joely. She was a bright light of great depth, strength and wisdom. Passionate, funny and unwaveringly present and thoughtful. We'll treasure our memories of our uniquely intertwined lives forever.
Love from Elizabeth & Andrew Kasius & family

Michael Esposito

March 23, 2020

I first met Joely after she purchased her home on Fourth Street in Troy's Little Italy neighborhood from my cousin in 2004. She immediately joined the newly formed Friends of Little Italy and became a passionate advocate for her new neighborhood. Less than a year later she originated the monthly Little Italy Newsletter which is now in its 15th year. She was a joy to be around and to work along side and continued to volunteer with the Friends until her relocation to Seattle.

Shannon Gorman

March 23, 2020

Ever since I met Joely when she came to work for Sage in the early 2000s I have been blessed by her presence in my life. She was a woman of contradictions, and I could appreciate that. She was vibrant, creative, bright, sunny and smiley most of the time... and yet she was struggling, fighting, with demons and darkness in a constant battle of wills. And yet she was compassionate and constantly helping other people with THEIR battles. She was the STRONGEST person I knew. No matter how long it had been since I'd seen her, when we talked it was instant reconnection. We spoke the same language, were were both writers, editors, creative story tellers. But she also was yoga, spiritual, constant learning, and LOVE -- so much love, for her friends, and most especially beyond all else, for Erling. May her presence stay with us always, and may we honor her by connecting in a wonderful network of love, creativity, and compassion.

Steven Sandler

March 22, 2020

Joely and I were friends in high school, and sadly I lost touch with her after that. But our brief friendship was quite intense. Joely let me open up to her about some inner secrets that I was ashamed of, and she allowed me to express myself and be proud of these things that caused shame. I had to learn of her death on Facebook, which is quite jarring and comes with a frustrating dearth of information. I sorely regret not reconnecting with Joely, which would have been so easy via social media, as I have often thought of her, quite fondly, over the 35 years since high school. I'm quite certain that her amazing soul made her an incredible privilege to know as an adult, a privilege which I will never know.

Kathleen Hovey

March 21, 2020

I am very saddened by this news. I grew up with Joely. We shared many wonderful memories from birthdays at Howard Johnson to high school shenanigans. We grew apart but I will never forget her. May she Rest In Peace.

brian Dworkin

March 21, 2020

I just re-read some of my correspondence with Joely. Very little fluff, lots of deep and personal thoughts, sprinkles of encouragement and mirth, mysterious smiles, but also currents of sadness and searching, lots of searching. For Erling and her family and all of us who knew her and whose lives were blessed by her please remember that she was searching for her best self and always saw in us our best selves. And it's impossible not to read her stories without hearing her thoughtfulness, wistfulness and gentleness in every word.

Kate Albrecht Fidler

March 21, 2020

Joely offered everyone she met her whole self. I admired her, loved her and know how much she treasured her loved ones, especially beautiful Erling. Our love and deepest condolences to him and all of her loved ones.

FROM THE FAMILY