Shirley Johnson

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Longtime Alaskan Shirley D. "Skeet" Johnson, 74, died Sept. 6, 2008, in Anchorage.
Her family wrote: "On Sept. 6, 2008, Shirley was ushered from this world, into the presence of her Lord and savior, Christ Jesus, and back to the arms of her beloved and sorely missed sweetheart, Kenneth P. Johnson."
Visitation will be at noon Saturday at Anchorage Baptist Temple with a service afterward at 1 p.m. Pastor Jerry Prevo will officiate. Pallbearers include Steve Oyler, Benjamin Worley, Randy Chatfield, John Ulsher and Jerry Wasson. She will be laid to rest at Fort Richardson National Cemetery.
Shirley was born Dec. 23, 1933, in Bronaugh, Mo. Shirley grew up a country girl, learning how to love family and enjoy life to the fullest. She graduated from high school and married her true love, Kenneth P. Johnson, on April 12, 1952. She accompanied him on many adventures that eventually led them to settle in Anchorage in 1962.
Together they explored Alaska, sharing its grandeur with their family and friends, instilling in them a passion for this great land. Along the way they raised four children, enjoying the inevitable delights and trials that came with them, and teaching each of them to "Love the Lord with all your heart. Always love your family, and never waste a second of the life he's blessed you with."
In their adventures together, they rode out the quake of 1964, drove the Alaska Highway when it was called the Alcan too many times to count, helped found the Alaska Skeet Shooters Association and welcomed, with open arms, each new member of the family as they arrived. Together they relished each day as it came until the untimely death of her soul mate, Kenneth, on Sept. 19, 1980. Over the years she chose to remain unmarried, proclaiming that "when you've done it right the first time, you don't need to do it again."
Friend to many, Mom to us, she was called home while doing what she loved most, enjoying time spent with family, and living life to the fullest. While Shirley's sudden departure leaves a hole in our hearts, and a chasm in our family that can't be filled, she will live on in the hearts and lives of those who knew and loved her dearly. A grand lady who gave a shining example of a life well lived and a race well run, she truly is a "Great One"! And although we must say a temporary goodbye, we all eagerly await the time when our family will be made whole once again, in the arms of our Lord and savior, Christ Jesus.
Shirley carried on the traditions of loving, nourishing and cherishing her family and friends, while touching so many lives in so many ways. Known as "Great One" to her many grand and great-grandchildren, she held a special bond with each of them and influenced their lives in ways she couldn't imagine.
Shirley was a longtime member of Anchorage Baptist Temple. She was a founding member, secretary and treasurer of Alaska Skeet Shooting Association. Some things that she loved were skeet, family activities, jigsaw and sudoku puzzles, church and church family.
Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Kathy and Steve Oyler and Darla and Randy Chatfield, all of Anchorage, and Lisa and Benjamin Worley of Eagle River; daughter-in-law, Shiela Johnson of Texas; grandsons, Keith Johnson of Maine, Brett Oyler of Florida, Clint Johnson of Texas, Caleb Noth of Texas, Tell Worley of Eagle River, Zane Worley of Eagle River, and Kenneth Worley of Eagle River; granddaughters, Shay Griffin of Florida, Amy Hellmich of Florida, Paula Francis of Texas, and Charlotte Worley of Eagle River; great-grandchildren, Myah, and Aevyn Griffin, and Kylie Hellmich, all of Florida; brother, Daren Wade; and sister, Myrna Williams.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth P. Johnson; parents, Merle and Dorcas Wade; and son, Kenneth "Ward" Johnson; and her brother, Keith Wade.
Arrangements are with Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Sept. 11 to Sept. 12, 2008