Nita F. Johnson

Born: Sun., Sep. 27, 1931
Died: Sun., Oct. 24, 2010

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Nita Fae Johnson, a resident of Pendleton, died Sunday, October 24, 2010 in the Park Manor Rehabilitation Center, in Walla Walla, Washington. She was 79 years old. Recitation of the Holy Rosary was held Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 7:00 P.M. in the Burns Mortuary Chapel in Pendleton, Oregon. Mass of Christian burial was conducted Wednesday, October 27th at 10:00 A.M. in the St. Andrews Catholic Church in Mission. Burial was in the Athena Cemetery. Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Johnson was born September 27, 1931 in Walla Walla, Washington. She was the daughter of William and Maude Morrisette LaCourse. She attended school at the St. Joseph Academy and at Pendleton High School. She married Leslie D. Johnson, they later divorced. She had worked at hospitals including St. Anthony's as a nurse's aid and retired from her job with the Pendleton School District several years ago. Her final job was volunteering at the Pendleton Sr. Center. She greatly enjoyed spending time with her family. She is survived by: daughter, Vickie Johnson and sons, William and James Johnson all of Pendleton; and a son, Frank of Lewiston, Idaho. Two sisters, Lora Lee Penney and Rita Safford of Pendleton; Nine grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren also survive. She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, Florence Carden; brothers Eldon "Boots" LaCourse and Delbert LaCourse and Daughter-in-law, Nancy Johnson.

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Martina Gordon
   Posted Wed October 27, 2010
You were a very sweet and kind lady. You will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones you left behind...

Sharon Manes
   Posted Wed October 27, 2010
I first got acquainted with Nita when she was the custodian at the Vert building in 1968 or so.I worked for Camp Fire and saw her every day. Have kept in contact with her over the years through the Senior Center and Friday Night Markets. I remember her making jeans quilts and all the huckleberries she would get. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. God Bless

Louisa M. Allman
   Posted Thu October 28, 2010
I loved Nita, no matter where I saw her she always stopped and visited with me. My nickname is Weisa, I loved the way she said my name. We always had fun visiting. You will be missed, but we will cherish all the memories we have. The Johnson family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Ryder Heidenrich
   Posted Fri October 29, 2010
To Vickie, Bill, Frank & James Johnson: I unfortunately never met your mother but wished I had. I have met Vickie and Bill and I wish to pass on our family's deepest sympathy and that we will be thinking of you in your time of loss. As we recently lost our mother and grandmother, Veronica Tias Montague in August. It is truly a great crisis that we are losing our Tribal elders as they are our link to our past. As we are related I will trully miss the opportunity to meet your mother. Hopefully, some day soon I will be able to formally meet all of you as I am very interested in genealogy and would love to learn more about the family as a whole. May faith and love sustain you all now and forever and may the Creator and family comfort you all in this time of great loss.

Mary C. Harris
   Posted Sat October 30, 2010
I will always remember Nita as a good friend. She and I used to call radio station faithfully to win the pizza once a month. I also saw her at bingo sessions once in awhile. She was a very proud woman and kind to all. God bless her!

Louise Spino Paxton
   Posted Sun November 07, 2010
Dear Bill, Vicki and the Johnson Families, We send our love, songs and prayers for the family during this difficult time. We pray for comfort and strength in the following days to come. Your mother was a special woman, and even though she has left us behind we can cherish the fond memories of love, laughter and smiles. Our sincere sympathy DON and LOUISE SPINO PAXTON

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