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Kathleen M. Johnson, 79, of rural Merriam, died Friday, June 8, 2012, of natural causes, while at her home.
She was born Nov. 30, 1932, in Peoria, Ill., a daughter of Ronald Ellsworth and Bess Frances (Stangland) Raber.
Her formative years were spent in Peoria. She graduated from Peoria High School, received her nursing degree from Methodist Hospital in Peoria and Bachelor of Nursing from Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore.
In 1955, she moved to San Francisco, then Spokane, Wash. and later Tacoma, Wash. Then she lived in Sacramento, Calif. From 1963 until 1981, she lived in Corvallis, Ore. before living in Saudi Arabia for four years. She then returned to Corvallis.
On Oct. 5, 1991, she was united in marriage to James Raymond Johnson. They always made their home together in the Merriam area. Mr. Johnson died Sept. 8, 2006.
A registered nurse for 37 years, she was also a certified Lamaze instructor.
Surviving relatives include two sons, Stephen (Lyn Michele) Martinenko, of Corvallis, Ore. and David (Wendy) Martinenko, of Cameron Park, Calif.; five grandchildren; two great-grandsons; a brother, David Raber Kent, of Glendale, Ariz. and a sister, Nancy McDonald, of Nashville, Tenn.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Patricia Sweeney.
The funeral service will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, at Smith & Sons Funeral Home in Columbia City, with visitation from 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home.
The graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, June 22, at Milo-Gard Pioneer Cemetery in Madras Ore.
Preferred memorials are to Black Pine Animal Park.
Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.