Billie Johnston

Seattle, Washington

1926 - 2018


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Billie JohnstonBillie Johnston (Justice) was born April 22, 1926 and reared in Hagerman, Idaho. Billie found her path to independence through education, first at Albion State Normal School and then at the University of Washington where she completed her BA. Billie and Ray met in 1960, married the...

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I am very sorry to learn of Ms Johnston's passing. I have often thought of her and how she was doing over the years. Even some 40+ years later after being a student at PSPS, I remember the impact that she and Ms Wagner had on my life. I LOVED going to school every day because of Ms. Johnson nurturing spirit and creative approach to learning. I have never forgotten her kindness and support towards me when I lost my mother at a young age. May she rest in peace.

Dear Ray, Mark and Claire,
I have such fond memories of Billie teaching my music class as a young child in the early 60s. We danced to folk songs, acted out Abiyoyo, learned to embrace life. It was a special treat when our family visited your family out on Tiger Mountain. Deep in the woods, it felt like an adventure to come to your home. Billie had such enthusiasm and energy that resonated to all she met. She made each person feel special. Please know she was loved by many and will...

Dear Billie shed such positive influences on the lives of our two children Kenzan and Yayoi. I was just thinking about her the other day, with warm thoughts. In sympathy, from Mayumi Tsutakawa.

Billie brought such joy and respect to the entire PSPS community! I loved seeing her at the beginning and end of each day my son Kevin spent in her care. She gave so many children a loving foundation of their education, including social and emotional growth.I carry her spirit in my heart. What a meaningful life she lived! I send support to her family and to her dear colleague, Sharon.

Billie was a joy in my life and the loving teacher of my sons Jamal and Drew Hobson. She and Sharon changed how I viewed education with each child having "their own size jobs," and conflict resolution beginning with, "I have a complaint." Whenever PSPS kids were at my house they managed to resolve their own conflicts - what a gift!
Billie brightened each day when I saw her at PSPS. Thinking of you Ray, Claire and Mark and appreciating the love you gave to Billie.

Oh, sweet and generous, dear Billie. I have so much love and gratitude for that woman. We stood together at PSPS, two opionated teachers who seldom disagreed; such a huge and important part of my life. Billie had a spark and dash that was absolutely remarkable and unique! I loved it.
I am in Wales right now, Mark, Claire, and Ray.
Thank-you for taking such good care of Billie.

Billie was a remarkable friend, mentor, teacher to so many of us at any age! Thinking of you both, Mark and Claire.

Billie came into our lives in 1980, abruptly. She had become interested in the school we were putting together, and decided The Northwest School would be a good place for her high school aged daughter. The school was not yet open, but she liked what she heard. She also saw at an early parent meeting that we had a one year old daughter ourselves, and in her cheerfully insistent way informed us, "From what I see of your school, you're going to want your daughter in my school, so I'm...