Harriette Josephine Johnson


Posted: Wednesday, November 17, 2004


  Harriette Josephine Johnson

Harriette Josephine Johnson

Harriette Josephine Johnson died Friday, Nov. 12, 2004, in her sleep. She was 80.

Mrs. Johnson's ashes will join her late husband's, Quentin's ashes on Mount Chopaka in Washington state, where he proposed to her.

Mrs. Johnson was born on Oct. 15, 1924, in Oroville, Wash., to Guy and Jessie Allen. She lived in Iowa, Idaho, Florida, Washington and Canada, traveling throughout most of the United States, then she and her husband settled in Seward in 1989.

She lived a full life with her family being the top priority. During her lifetime, she helped in her family's restaurant, was a partner with her husband in building Caribou Campers, Coaches and Trailers in Washington, was a dump truck operator hauling scrap iron, worked for the U.S. postal service, worked in canneries, tied gangens for long-line halibut fishing (her work was in high demand due to uniformity and precision) and raised her children.

"She and her husband were always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone," her family said.

"While their children were at home, their house was the gathering place for all the neighborhood kids where a great meal was guaranteed."

Mrs. Johnson was known for her baking and cooking abilities. She loved to harvest fruits and vegetables, canning and preserving them as well as making sure the family had canned salmon every year. Her homemade chocolates were a special treat that had to be disguised when being transported up to Alaska, or they wouldn't have made it to the border.

"She was an extraordinary seamstress and made custom clothing for her family, as well as designing and creating the upholstery for their camper business. Harriette also croqueted beautiful items for family and friends. She was often commissioned to make her striking sweaters with a custom design," her family said.

"She loved her family very much and especially rejoiced in talking and spending time with her closest confidant, her sister Flora Faye. She will be missed.

Mrs. Johnson was preceded in death by her husband, Quentin; and brothers, Gerald and Reggie Allen.

She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Flora Faye and John Burks; son and daughter-in-law, Charlie and Patti of Seward; daughter and son-in-law, Charlene and Carl Ottie of Keremos, B.C.: son and daughter-in-law, Ole and Chris of Lakewood, Wash.; son and daughter-in-law, Guy and Carrie Johnson of Marysville, Wash.; son and daughter-in-law, David and Viv Spurrier of Everett, Wash.; stepdaughter, Laura Henderson of Henderson, Nev.; stepdaughter and husband, Linda and Larry Alcor of Bristow, Okla.; grandchildren, Quentcie, Carly, Andy, Alice, Wayne, Nathan, Chris, Cody, Zack, Shelly and Vicky; and many other loved ones, family and friends.

Arrangements were made by Anchorage Funeral Home and Crematory.

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