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Ellen Mae Johnson

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Ellen Mae Johnson, a seventy-one year resident of Chico passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, February 13, 2008 at 9.25 a.m. with family at her side. She was 88.

Ellen was born at home in Live Oak, California on December 13, 1919. She attended Live Oak schools and graduated from High School in June of 1936. Ellen moved to Chico ten days later to begin her professional career, which began in an insurance office and ended forty-four years later when she retired from the City of Chico where she worked as a dispatcher for the police department.

Ellen chose never to marry and loved living in Chico. She played softball in the early years of the Chico Peppers, and enjoyed sports of all kinds, socializing with her many friends and celebrating events with her family members. She was voted "Woman of the Year" in 1982 by The Soroptimist Club.

Ellen had achieved a peaceful state of completion within the final months of her life. She took every opportunity to communicate family history and personal information to her family in order to "pass the torch" and solidify values held by previous generations. It was only at this culmination of her task that Ellen allowed herself to relinquish this life that she lived so faithfully and join those who preceeded her in death. They are, her parents, Herbert and Blanche Johnson; her brothers, Virgil and Kenneth Johnson and her sister, Donna Morrow.

Ellen is survived by her sister-in-law. Yvonne Johnson and family of Woodland, Calif.; her niece, Linda Harvey and family of Sunnyvale, Calif., her niece, Kathi Berry and family of Orangevale, Calif.; her niece, Elizabeth Brownlee and family of Leavenworth, WA; her niece, Diane Morrow and family of Davis, Calif. and her niece, Janet Morrow, also of Leavenworth, WA.

Services are planned to take place at Glen Oaks Memorial Park on Saturday, February 23, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. Bruise Funeral Home is handling funeral arrangements. Following the graveside service, please join us for a celebration of Ellen's life at the MacNeil residence, 1533 Manchester Rd., Chico.

Please send memorial contributions to Trinity Methodist Church at 285 East Fifth Street Chico, California 95928.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Feb. 20, 2008
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