OBITUARY

Patricia Lorraine Johnson

August 10, 1938July 24, 2020

The following obituary was authored by Pat, with the exception of the final statements added by her family!

Patricia Lorraine Johnson, age 81 of Orlando, passed away Friday, July 24, 2020. She was born August 10, 1938 in St. Maries, Idaho, but raised in Fairbanks, Alaska.

She graduated from Sacred Heart School of Nursing in Spokane, Washington in 1959. She graduated from Gonzaga University in Spokane in 1961, from USF with a Master’s in Public Health in 1987 and a graduate certification in Nursing Education in 2005 from the University of Central Florida. Pat worked in the nursing field for 54 years.

Pat is survived by husband, Jerry, the love of her life for 54 years. She loved her family, Jerry (Stefanie), Michael, James (Shari), Spencer (Julio), Jeffrey (Lesley); daughter, Janel (James) Cosby; and grandchildren: Jessica (Andrew), Meghan, Alec, Dalton, Conner, Brady, and Porter. Pat is survived by her brother Chris (Putnam), Fairbanks, Alaska and many nieces, nephews and family members. Pat was preceded in death by her parents Duke and Teddy Putnam and her brother Dennis.

She and Jerry enjoyed traveling the world-often with grandchildren. Pat was very active with her youngster’s schools, sports, Boy and Girl Scout activities. She was an active member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church and served as a Eucharistic Minister for the sick. She was a member of the Marion Movement of Priests and also went on several Mission trips. She enjoyed reading, gardening (aka, fighting with the weeds!), genealogy, quilting and traveling during her retirement.

Pat was mother of six, but “Mama J” to many! Pat left her fingerprint on everyone’s heart! In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Orange County Public Schools-Reading Program or Charity of your choice.

A Eulogy will be read at 12:30 PM follow by a Funeral Mass at 1PM at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1501 N. Alafaya Trail, Orlando, Florida 32828.

Please view the Eulogy and Mass online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNmZCl0NuI8&feature=youtu.be

A Committal Ceremony will follow at 2:30 PM at Chapel Hill Cemetery. Masks are required at church and please practice social distancing.

Arrangements entrusted to Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home at Chapel Hill, 2424 Harrell Rd. Orlando, Florida 32817. 407-671-3919.

Services

8 August

Eulogy - Masks required and practice social distancing

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

St. Joseph Catholic Church

1501 N. Alafya Trail
Orlando, FL 32828

8 August

Funeral Mass- Masks Required and practice social distancing

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

St. Joseph Catholic Church

1501 N. Alafya Trail
Orlando, FL 32828

8 August

Committal Service - Please practice social distancing

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

9822 - Chapel Hill Cemetery

2400 HARRELL RD
ORLANDO, FL 32817

8 August

Reception @ Baldwin Fairchild Chapel Hill - Masks are required & practice social distancing

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Baldwin Fairchild at Chapel Hill

2420 Harrell Road
Orlando, FL 32817

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Kathy Carter

August 5, 2020

I only got to meet cousin Pat and Jerry once, when they came through Salt Lake City and were kind enough to contact us so we could meet and visit for an evening. It was wonderful getting to know her and figure out our shared family history through the Bests. I am grateful for the connection we felt and the fun we had visiting for a couple of hours at the hotel restaurant. Jerry, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers, and we share your sense of loss as well as your joy in having known such a fun and loving, caring person.

Bruce Sadler

August 5, 2020

Cousin Pat - I was so glad to have you engaged and involved in my life. You always asked about us and truly cared. I have fond memories of your visit to see us in Germany as well as many times at Bob and Shirley's with the whole family. You will be missed and always remembered for your warm heart and friendly smile. Rest now with the Lord until we meet again. With love, Bruce

Andrea Lamphier

August 5, 2020

Dear Jerry and family,

Janele called me last week with the unexpected and very sad news of Pat's death. Pat was my mother's nursing school roommate; my sisters and I had known of her all of our lives. Pat was always part of my mom's thinking and get-togethers were relatively rare, but always meaningful and cherished. During my mother's last and final illness we were so blessed as a family to meet Pat again. She made all the difference in helping my mother know that she was loved on this earth. Although my mother's diagnosis of pancreatic cancer left very little hope of a cure, Pat was there to make sure Mom was as comfortable as she could possibly be. After Mom's death, I was fortunate to be one of Pat's regular contacts. I always enjoyed laughing with her and chatting about everything from school days with Mom to Pat's recently reorganized sewing room, complete with a copy of Mom's funeral program. Such love and comfort are true gifts from God through his daughters Pat Johnson and Trish Lamphier.

Tami Miller

August 4, 2020

I am truly blessed to have had my Aunt Pat in my life! As I remember our times together during family gatherings and at professional conferences, I'm better because of her love, wisdom and inspiring faith!

from "When Great Trees Fall" by Maya Angelou

"And when great souls die,
after a period peace blooms,
slowly and always
irregularly. Spaces fill
with a kind of
soothing electric vibration.
Our senses, restored, never
to be the same, whisper to us,
They existed. They existed.
We can be. Be and be
better. For they existed."

Nancy Quinn Acuff

July 30, 2020

Oh how I remember all the many hours we spent building our Scout float for the Christmas parade. We spent so much time laughing, playing and having the fun of being a family of scouts. May your family be at peace with your passing and remembering all the blessings we all have been able to keep in our hearts from just being a friend of all our family. Gods blessings to you all. Nancy Quinn Acuff

Linda Rosa-Lugo

July 29, 2020

Janel,

I know how much you love your mom - conversations we shared about our respective roles as daughters.

I would like to express my sincere condolence to you and your family. Always here for you,

Linda

Celia Fletcher

July 27, 2020

When I was first hired in my current full-time position Pat was a steady encouragement to me in several ways. She was kind-hearted and took the time to listen. She made time to come to my work location which was very reassuring. Anytime I called her she either answered or called me back quickly. I’m so thankful for her invaluable support at a very vulnerable time for me professionally. After she retired we didn’t see each other for a long time until one day we were both at Lowe’s. We stood there and talked together for about 45 minutes. She was very kind to offer an introduction to her daughter for my youngest daughter in regards to schooling. I know that conversation led to my daughter eventually choosing to study audiology. She was a great lady. I’m so sorry for your loss.

Donna Marie Acquavella

July 27, 2020

Pat has been able to love so much during her life and will continue to love and intercede for us in Heaven. We all continue to need her love and support: I do! Although we all pain with her loss, I know she is with us. My mother's loss at a young age drew me more to Pat's special love that a mother can give. I will miss the simple memories: her homemade cakes , endearing smile and encouragement to do your best. Pat also provided strong advice and knowledge especially during our Catholic book studies.
You will always be in my heart. I will continue to ask for your intercession for guidance and support and love.
Donna Marie Acquavella

Brenda Nagle

July 26, 2020

Pat was such a lovely person. Anytime I saw her she had a big beautiful smile.
I’ve known her through St Joseph’s church for many years. And watched many of her family grow up.
I’m so sorry for the loss to her very close family.
I’ll keep all of you in my heart and prayers as you go through this time.
I feel so blessed to have known her and called her friend.
She truly was an angel!

Vivian Mclean

July 26, 2020

The Johnsons are a warm and caring family. Mrs Johnson will be greatly missed.

Every time I think of her puts a smile on my face remembering her big heart and caring nature.

I recall her calling to have me come over on Christmas so that I wouldn’t be alone after my surgery.

Beautiful person inside and out.

I will miss you greatly.Mrs. Johnson.

You leave behind the Johnson legacy of compassionate and caring family of which heart and prayers go out too.

Love you guys,
Vivian

FROM THE FAMILY