October 11, 1930 - March 6, 2021
Des Moines, Washington - Ruth Ellen Johnson, October 11, 1930 to March 6, 2021. Raised on Day Island in a secure home and comforted by her wonderful parents, she attended Stadium High School where she joined the Stadium Rifle Club and enjoyed art classes. As a teenager she dived from the footings of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and explored the Puget Sound with a friend, canoe and a can of spam; eventually racing outboards. Moving from Olalla to Seattle, she joined the League of Women Voters and began sailing to the San Juans and beyond with her family while painting what she drew from the surrounding landscapes. She did everything from being a teacher's aide, a cartographer with Weyerhaeuser to establishing Block Watches, opening the basement of her San Francisco Queen Anne for a Polling place while amusing guests of her Bed & Breakfast. Delighted with the find of every mushroom yet a foe to crows, she could cook anything while keeping her air rifle close at hand if the crows got too close to the songbirds. After becoming a Christian when she was 30 years old, she joined many a choir where she sang alto for over 30 years.
Her brother George Mills, parents Red and Ida Mills, and her son George Stowell predeceased her. Her loving husband Eric Johnson survives her along with her brother Ron Mills, daughter Tracy Mills, son Paul Stowell, and daughter Cynthia Volkmann. She delighted in her seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren as they brought great joy to her.
Memorial service to be held at Grace Lutheran Church in Des Moines, Washington.
Published in & & from Apr. 4 to Apr. 8, 2021.