Vera Ivora Johnson

Posted: Tuesday, February 06, 2001

Former Nikiski resident Vera Ivora Johnson died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2001, in Medford, Ore. She was 87.

Mrs. Johnson was born on April 15, 1913, in LaClede, Idaho, to Albert Orville and Bernice Ann Whorral Nowlin.

She married Percy W. Johnson on March 7, 1945, in Superior, Mont.

The couple moved to Alaska in 1957, with their three daughters to homestead in Nikiski.

Through the years, they traveled the Alaska Highway more than 40 times, visiting and living in other places.

"Vera had such an adventurous nature and willing traveling companion, Percy, that the family referred to them as gypsies," the family said.

"Vera was a loving mother to her children and was very greatly loved and respected by all of her family. Her daughters will always be thankful for the values and good character she imparted to them," the family added.

She is survived by her husband, Percy Johnson, of Medford; brothers Albert Nowlin of Idaho and Jack Nowlin of Washington; sisters Catherine Cooper and Betty Blowin of Washington, Fern Dahler of Idaho and Margie Morrow of Hawaii; daughters Bernice Miller of Oregon, Wanda Hektner of Montana, Donna McGahan of Nikiski, Crystal McGahan of Chico, Calif., Ann Hart of Soldotna and Darlene Andherst of Idaho; and grandchildren Dennis, Ward, Kurt, Victoria, Michael, Cary, Gene Paul, Karen, Corinne, Crystal, Per, Denise, Stacy, Emily, William, Ronald, Angela, Pete, Daniel, Linda, Susie, Jeff, Becky, Heidi and Andrew. She also had many great- and great-great-grandchildren.

Arrangements were made by Central Valley Cremation and Funeral Care in Central Point, Ore.

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