Christine Elizabeth Johnson, 59, of Ennis, passed away Jan. 16, 2010, after a courageous battle with cancer.
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Chris was born Aug. 16, 1950, in North Platte, Neb., to John and Joan Geise. Growing up as a self-proclaimed tomboy, she loved all outdoor activities. She especially loved waterskiing with her two older brothers. They traveled to several states to compete in waterskiing competitions where they won many trophies over those years. Chris graduated from North Platte High School in 1968.
On March 18, 1972, Christine married Samuel R. Johnson in North Platte where they made their home for eight years.
In the spring of 1980, Sam and Chris moved from North Platte to Ennis. They bought the Longbranch Saloon and Supper Club, where Chris worked almost every day for 29 years. As a bartender, Chris listened to people's problems, goals, triumphs, heartbreaks and she became a confidant and friend to countless people throughout the Ennis community. Chris's family was very important to her. Vacations always included her parents and sons who all moved with her and Sam from Nebraska.
Christine is survived by her husband, Sam Johnson of Ennis; sons, Shane (Lindsey) Johnson of Whitehall and Cory (Sara) Johnson of Ennis; grandchildren, Reed and Ethan Johnson of Whitehall; brothers, Ed Geise of Stephensville, Texas, and David Geise of North Platte, Neb.; as well as brothers and sisters-in-law, and numerous nieces, nephews and beloved friends.
Memorials: Madison Valley Medical Center and the Madison Valley Nursing Home.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, in the Ennis High School gym, followed by a reception at the Longbranch Saloon.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Jan. 20, 2010