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 Vera Marie <I>Thompson</I> Johnson

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Vera Marie Thompson Johnson

Birth
Death
1 Mar 2010 (aged 87)
Marysville, Snohomish County, Washington, USA
Burial
Marysville, Snohomish County, Washington, USA
Plot
Section 4
Memorial ID
96680198 View Source

Vera Marie Johnson passed away on March 1, 2010 at her "Farm" in the East Sunnyside area of Marysville, WA where she resided for most of 67 years. Vera was born to Elias and Anna Thompson on July 10, 1922 in Newark, NJ.
When she was 11 she rode the bus with her family to the wild Pacific NW. Her family first settled in the Kellogg Marsh area, later moved to Sunnyside and finally settled in East Sunnyside.
She graduated from Lake Stevens HS in 1939 and immediately went to work at her Uncle Ernie Thompson's farm in Marysville. It was there she met Johnnie Johnson. She and Johnnie married on August 30, 1940 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Marysville. They purchased the "farm" on the Eva Green RD/87th Ave NE in 1943.
They raised four sons, Don, Allen, Gail and Tim. Her sons were the joy of her life. She was a homemaker during the boy's younger years. She also worked at various jobs outside the home to support the education and many interests of her sons.
In the 1950's and 60's she took Don, Allen and friends on yearly camping trips throughout eastern WA in search of crystals and Ellensburg Blue. Those trips were followed by trips to the Olympic Penninsula with Gail, Tim and friends. Those trips created lasting memories full of fun, adventure and the unexpected.
She enjoyed visiting and supporting many family and friends over her lifetime. If one needed something she would pick up on that need and fill it. The love and time she gave was returned in their devotion to her. This was especially true of her grandchildren.
Another important aspect of Vera's life was her car and driver's license. As a very young girl she constantly pestered her father to let her back the car out of their driveway. She loved the independence of driving and continued to do so almost to the end of her life.
She was preceded in death by parents, Elias and Anna Thompson; brother, Ray Thompson; sister, Muriel Halverson; and her longtime friend, Gladys Strom.
She leaves behind her little brother, Elias Thompson, of Marysville; sons, Don (Bobbie), of Yakima, WA, Allen (Lynn), of Ashland, OR, Gail (Terry), on the "farm", and Tim (Cindy), of Longview, WA; 10 grandchildren, Derik, Jill, Gail JR, Kim, Nicole, Eric, Courtney, Lindsay, Kristen and Lisa; and 10 great-grandchildren.
At her request, there will be no formal services and her wish was for everyone to remember her and the time you had together in your own way.
Vera's remains have been cremated and will be interred at Marysville Cemetery at a later date. There will be a celebration of Vera's life for family and friends on July 10, 2010 at the "farm."
You can shed tears that she is gone or you can smile because she has lived. You can close your eyes and wish that she will come back, or you can open your eyes and see all that she has left. Your heart can be empty because you can't see her, or you can be full of the love that you shared. You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday, or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday. You can remember her only that she is gone, or you can cherish her memory and let it live on. You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back, or you can do what she would want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

Vera Marie Johnson passed away on March 1, 2010 at her "Farm" in the East Sunnyside area of Marysville, WA where she resided for most of 67 years. Vera was born to Elias and Anna Thompson on July 10, 1922 in Newark, NJ.
When she was 11 she rode the bus with her family to the wild Pacific NW. Her family first settled in the Kellogg Marsh area, later moved to Sunnyside and finally settled in East Sunnyside.
She graduated from Lake Stevens HS in 1939 and immediately went to work at her Uncle Ernie Thompson's farm in Marysville. It was there she met Johnnie Johnson. She and Johnnie married on August 30, 1940 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Marysville. They purchased the "farm" on the Eva Green RD/87th Ave NE in 1943.
They raised four sons, Don, Allen, Gail and Tim. Her sons were the joy of her life. She was a homemaker during the boy's younger years. She also worked at various jobs outside the home to support the education and many interests of her sons.
In the 1950's and 60's she took Don, Allen and friends on yearly camping trips throughout eastern WA in search of crystals and Ellensburg Blue. Those trips were followed by trips to the Olympic Penninsula with Gail, Tim and friends. Those trips created lasting memories full of fun, adventure and the unexpected.
She enjoyed visiting and supporting many family and friends over her lifetime. If one needed something she would pick up on that need and fill it. The love and time she gave was returned in their devotion to her. This was especially true of her grandchildren.
Another important aspect of Vera's life was her car and driver's license. As a very young girl she constantly pestered her father to let her back the car out of their driveway. She loved the independence of driving and continued to do so almost to the end of her life.
She was preceded in death by parents, Elias and Anna Thompson; brother, Ray Thompson; sister, Muriel Halverson; and her longtime friend, Gladys Strom.
She leaves behind her little brother, Elias Thompson, of Marysville; sons, Don (Bobbie), of Yakima, WA, Allen (Lynn), of Ashland, OR, Gail (Terry), on the "farm", and Tim (Cindy), of Longview, WA; 10 grandchildren, Derik, Jill, Gail JR, Kim, Nicole, Eric, Courtney, Lindsay, Kristen and Lisa; and 10 great-grandchildren.
At her request, there will be no formal services and her wish was for everyone to remember her and the time you had together in your own way.
Vera's remains have been cremated and will be interred at Marysville Cemetery at a later date. There will be a celebration of Vera's life for family and friends on July 10, 2010 at the "farm."
You can shed tears that she is gone or you can smile because she has lived. You can close your eyes and wish that she will come back, or you can open your eyes and see all that she has left. Your heart can be empty because you can't see her, or you can be full of the love that you shared. You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday, or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday. You can remember her only that she is gone, or you can cherish her memory and let it live on. You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back, or you can do what she would want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.


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