Obit Carol Johnson

Carol Johnson

Carol Ann Johnson, 86, of Missoula, MT left this world on May 19, 2022 to spend an eternity with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Carol passed away peacefully of natural causes surrounded by her loving family. 

Carol was born in Orofino, Idaho on May 11th, 1936 to Arnold Roy and Martha Madeline (Nines) Erickson.  She was the eldest of six children. The family moved to Lewiston, Idaho in her childhood, where she attended school and later attended Beauty College, receiving her beautician license.  She returned to Orofino, where she began her career.

While in Orofino, Carol met and married Thomas Lee Johnson on February 18th, 1955. They raised two children, a daughter Cheri Kay and son Jeffrey Thomas.  

In 1974, Carol and Tom relocated to Pacific Beach, Washington, where they owned and operated Pacific Beach State Park for fifteen years. Carol loved walking the beaches, clamming, searching for glass balls, and other treasures brought in by the numerous storms. Her time at the beach honed her painting and other artistic skills.   

In 1989, Carol and Tom moved to Missoula, Montana to be closer to their son Jeff, his family, and daughter Cheri and her family of Orofino. Most of all she dearly loved the time spent with her children, grandchildren, and extended family gatherings.  

Carol maintained a healthy active lifestyle while in Missoula. She cultivated many deep and lasting friendships throughout her life which she always cherished. Everyone who knew Carol, was touched by her generosity, friendly outgoing personality, her contagious wit and humor, warm smile, kindness, and devotion to family and friends.  

Carol was proceeded in death by her parents, Arnold and Mandy Erickson; her brothers, Richard, Allan, and Michael Erickson; husband, Thomas Johnson; and daughter, Cheri Kay Jenks.

She is survived by her son, Jeffrey “JJ” (Patricia “Patty”) Johnson of Missoula, MT;  sisters, Christy Lea Wills and Brenda Lynn Walton of Vancouver, WA; son-in-law, Alfred “Hank” Jenks of Orofino, ID.; grandchildren, Tracy (Jose) Barajas of Orofino, ID, Rusty Jenks of Meridian, ID, Jennifer (Daniel) Blakesley of Liberty Lake, WA and  Jason Johnson of Missoula, MT.; great grandchildren, Marissa Barajas, Jose Barajas, Olivia Blakesley and Grant Blakesley.  

A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.

Arrangements are under the care of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory, Missoula, Montana.

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