Helen Marie Johnson

January 15, 1939September 24, 2020

Helen Marie Johnson was born on January 15, 1939, and passed away on September 24, 2020. Helen is survived by her husband Ronald Johnson; her daughters Karlene Thompson (and family) and Karmen Flatin (and family); her brother Ned Trautman (And family) and nephew Greg Trautman. Helen had four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Helen touched many lives and enjoyed being involved in her local community. She served for many years in various volunteer groups including 4H, 4H Camp Director, Red Hat Society, Red Cross Blood drive, Banks/Vernonia State Trail and Washington County Elections Office. Through her volunteer activities she developed many long lasting close friendships.

Above all Helen loved her family, friends and her community and she will be deeply missed.


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Linda Esser

October 12, 2020

I loved Helen. I met her at Elections years ago and We often lunched together. Paul & I enjoyed Ron & Helen’s visit at Stub Stewart campout once. We had plans to meet again after this pandemic. I will miss Helen forever... she was a dear, dear friend & lady. Linda

Chad Hertel

October 9, 2020

I have so many good memories from my childhood associated with Helen. Like when she feigned shock and surprise at 4-H camp when the counselors sang their song mimicking “Granny”, singing “Put your shoes on, quit your running, bitch, bitch, bitch!” I grew with her support and mentorship as I eventually became one of those revered camp counselors. When I was a teenager we often visited the Johnson farm across the valley and my sisters would always pine away for having horses of their own, but Dad said we’d never have “hayburners” on our farm. But the Johnsons moved to town and gifted us their 3 horses. How could Dad say no to his girls when the horses were a gift? Sneaky Johnsons. Dad made sure those horses were well fed and loved for the rest of their lives. Helen had ways to spread love to even the most stubborn and gruff of us. Thank You So Much!

Laurie Horlacher (Dailey)

October 6, 2020

I had the privilege to work with Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. McPeak quite often at Banks High School (attendance office). I enjoyed our talks and the never ending encouragement. Loved these ladies to the moon and back!!! You will be missed.

Denise Bird. Kruger

September 30, 2020

We are so sorry for your loss. I can recall family get togethers. When our parents were a live and how we would have the get togethers. How Helen was alway happy and so nice. Once again so sorry for your loss. Jackie & I are sending
It of Love Hugs & Kiss. 🙏😇

Merilyn Schlegel

September 30, 2020

Remember when we worked together at the school offices but got to know you better through Facebook. Thank you so much for making my days better. You will be missed.

Leslee Sipp

September 30, 2020

I will so miss you Helen. We had good times working together at Banks Elementary School. Loved running into you at the dentist's office when we would catch up with each other's lives. Much love to your family and keeping them all in my prayers. Love, Leslee

Bobbi Ayers

September 29, 2020

My heart goes out to you. I know she is a wonderful lady to have such a great daughter as you, Karmen. Enjoy your pictures and memories. Remember, as you move forward she will always be a big part of you. I'm here if you want to talk or need any help. Love and prayers coming your way, Bobbi

Sharon pittman Freeman

September 29, 2020

I loved her first as a neighbor. Then as a friend and then as a fellow employee at banks schools. So sorry for your loss, Ron, Karlene and karmen

Dawn zaspel

September 29, 2020

One of the few times we have been to Oregon we were able to spend a day here and there with both Ron and Helen. We had the most wonderful time down around the beach and visiting so many places, she was just up for anything fun. Full of life that lady. Helen you will be missed by anyone who had the privilege to meet you, my only regret was we didn’t get to see you-often enough . Your loving spirit will live on with your children and theirs. God Bless. Until we meet again


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