Barbara I. Johnson
June 28, 1931 – January 9, 2019
Barbara Irene Johnson, 87, passed away from non-smoker lung cancer on January 9, 2019, with her loving family by her side. She was born on June 28, 1931, in Morrapas, Colorado, to Everett and Hazel Ford. Having five children to feed—Dellamae Ballard (deceased), Everett Ford, Jr., Barbara, Peggy Simpson (Cliff), and Beverly Pierson (deceased)—Everett moved his family to Mt. Harris, Colorado, where he worked at the coal mine as a welder. After a few years of owning his soul to the company store, Everett moved the family to a little ranch at Tow Creek, where Barbara attended high school in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. She married William Caswell Austin out of high school. There were four children, William Everett (aka Butch) Austin (Beth), Susan Austin Marquis, David Wayne Austin, and DeDe Michelle Hill (Clyde). Cas was on the road with construction, and with free time on her hands, Barbara took up trail riding. Cas passed away in 1980. After taking night classes at Mesa College, Barbara became a banker at First National North. In 1983 she met and married Kenneth Dwayne Johnson. He brought four children into the marriage, Diane Jenifer Caselman (Dave, deceased), Deborah Sue Johnson, Jeffery Johnson (Debbie), and Donna Pinto (Pete). Barbara went from banker to farmer for 20 years until Kenneth decided to sell out. They started traveling in the winter months, buying a winter home in Tucson, Arizona, and a coach to travel in. With some friends they were able to visit almost every state, Mexico, and Canada. They moved to Grand Junction and built their dream home. Barbara started volunteering for St. Mary’s Hospital in 2004 and has done so for 15 years. Her hands were never idle; she learned stained glass (two pieces now hang in HopeWest). In Tucson, Barbara learned silversmithing. She was always knitting or crocheting, working on hardanger, cross stitching, and quilting. In addition, she loved spending time with their 13 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren. Services will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 2881 Orchard Avenue on February 23, 2019 at 10:30am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to HopeWest or a favorite charity.
- Memorial Service Saturday, February 23, 2019
Barbara I. Johnson
March 17, 2019
Dear Kenneth and Family ,
We are so sad and sorry to hear of Barbs passing. She was a great lady and I loved volunteering along side her at entrance 4 for all of those years.
She will be missed by many.
Love, Michelle, Alec and Jase Anderson
February 16, 2019
Barbara you will be missed my Dearest Friend we have so many memories celebrating together . Now you are free of pain may you Rest In Peace.
January 26, 2019
So many years, so many good times shared. Memories not to be forgotten. Deepest condolences to all the family. May Barbara rest in peace. Lovingly Peggy