Mrs. Eva "Jane" Smith Johnson, of Winston-Salem, N.C., entered eternal rest on Saturday, March 13, after a bold, brave battle with breast cancer. She was 71.
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Jane, or "GG" (Gorgeous Grandmother), was born in Bozeman to Harlan and Eva (Williams) Smith on Dec. 2, 1938. She attended Montana State University and graduated as an education major. She taught elementary school in Portland, Ore. She settled in Winston-Salem in 1972, where she raised three sons.
In addition to being a wonderful mother, grandmother and friend, she was also active in the community as a volunteer with Tanglewood Park, St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, St. John's Lutheran Church and Christ Church. She enjoyed family, friends and the outdoors. Tennis, hiking and travel were some of her favorite activities. Chi Omega Sorority and the "10s" Club were near and dear to her heart.
She is survived by her husband, Joseph V. Johnson; three sons, Kevin Keyes (Suzanne) of Charlotte, N.C., Kraig Keyes (Cyndy) of Charleston, S.C. and Karl Keyes of Charlotte, N.C.; grandsons, Chris Keyes and Mathew Keyes; granddaughters, Sarah Anne Keyes and Caroline Keyes; brother, Spencer Smith (Louise) of Belgrade; nieces, Stacey Carter (Austin) of McCammon, Idaho, Cheryl Thacker (George "Chino") of Las Cruces, N.M., and Julie Herbst (Mike) of Helena; and grandnephews, Ethan and Travis Darcy of McCammon, Idaho.
The celebration of her life was conducted on March 16, 2010, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Winston-Salem. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Winston-Salem Christ Church,
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Mar. 28, 2010