Ethel Olga Johnson
Feb. 9, 2021
Kind, gracious, funny, thoughtful and loving, Ethel passed away peacefully at 98 years old at The Hearthstone, her home in Seattle for 9 years. She was born on her family's farm in Poulsbo WA, now Nelson Park, to Elias Ingbert Nelson and Esther Matilda Skoglund Nelson. She graduated from Harding school, skipping a grade (she was smart but humble), and North Kitsap High School with honors, and attended Secretarial College in Seattle, then worked at Kitsap County Bank in Port Orchard. She married Army Sergeant Donald Junior Johnson March 14, 1943 and gave birth to their only child, David Donald on March 13, 1945. Don passed away in 1984.
She had a positive outlook on life, a great sense of humor and was always up for the next great adventure! She worked at the Puget Sound Naval Ship Yard for 24 years, first as an Expediter, where she led the charge to gain equal rights for women at the Ship Yard, opening financial doors for her co-workers, and retiring as a Supply Manager. From 1977 to 1985, she had her dream job, working with teens as school secretary at two Kitsap High Schools. Beloved by all who knew her, she stayed in touch with extended family and friends in the US and Norway. She loved her Poulsbo, Bremerton and Silverdale homes, her gardens, dogs, children, and travel. She loved giving back, receiving the President's Volunteer Service Award. She volunteered for Harrison Hospital Gift Shop, Harrison Hospital Auxiliary, Children's Hospital Silverdale Guild, Kitsap Schools, Keyport Undersea Museum, Silverdale Lutheran Church, and the Bremerton Community Theater.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and siblings James Ingborg and Delores Arlene. She will be greatly missed by her son David and wife Diana Lull, 3 nephews, and many dear cousins in the US and Norway. A huge thank you to the staff at the Hearthstone for taking such great care of Ethel. Because of Covid, there will be no Celebration of Life at this time, but look for one later at Silverdale Lutheran Church. Remembrances to Children's Hospital of Seattle.
Published in Kitsap Sun from Feb. 18 to Feb. 21, 2021.