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Varian E. Johnson

1925 - 2012 Obituary Condolences
Varian was at home Tuesday, May 1, 2012, surrounded by her family as she quietly went to sleep after a short battle with cancer. She is awaiting the soon return of her lord and savior Jesus Christ.
Varian was born in Montrose, Colo., on May 23, 1925, to Evva (Allard) and Harry Hammond. At an early age, the family moved to Ogden, Utah, where she met and married the love of her life, Melvin Johnson.
Melvin and Varian moved to Barnum, Minn., in 1946, where they had their only child, Linda. Melvin and Varian were married for 10 years when, at the age of 35, he passed away from leukemia. She never remarried.
Varian and Linda moved back to Ogden, where she began her 33-year career with civil service, culminating as a missile transportation specialist.
In 1995, at the age of 70, Varian moved to Alamogordo to be close to her daughter. She loved the outdoors and all of its beauty. She worked very hard to establish her beautiful home to live out the remainder of her life. Despite all the hindrances Mother Nature threw her way, she succeeded.
Varian was immensely fond of God's creatures, especially the quail she called her "little buddies." They would come in flocks to feed in her yard and drink from her bird bath.
She was a lifetime member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, holding numerous positions. She actively conducted Bible studies, volunteered in assisting with community service programs, evangelistic outreach and was a daily witness for her loving savior. The last few months she had an intercessory prayer ministry.
She was a member of the Master Gardeners and Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center Auxiliary as a Pink Lady.
A special thank you goes out to all the Pink Ladies, friends, neighbors and our wonderful church family for the food, cards and many prayers of support.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and both grandparents.
Varian is survived by her daughter Linda (Mesic) Goodenow and husband, Larry, of Alamogordo; three sisters, Colleen Walker, of Roy, Utah, Norma Mares, of Meridian, Idaho, and Corky Price, of Arlington, Texas; and three grandchildren, Shawn Gailey, of Snyder, Texas, Annette Badjar, of Alamogordo, and Kari Doble, of Alamogordo.
She also has three great-grandchildren, Chelsea and Jacob Gailey, and Chad Doble. She also has numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life service will be conducted at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1000 S. Canyon Road, Alamogordo, on Friday, May 4, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. There will be a fellowship luncheon following services.
In lieu of flowers, donations to International Children's Care, P.O. Box 82610, Vancouver, WA 98682-0013 would bring great pleasure to Varian.
Cremation has already taken place.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from May 3 to June 2, 2012
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