JUDY JOHNSON

judy-johnson.jpgJudy Johnson died on May 16, 2007 in Anchorage, Alaska. She was 60 years old.

GRAVESIDE SERVICE will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2:00 p.m. at Graceland Cemetery in Ogilvie.

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Judy Morehouse Johnson was born February 1, 1947 in Mora, Minnesota to Harvey and Pearl (Hooten) Morehouse. She graduated from Ogilvie High School in 1968. In 1963 she married Delbert Johnson and they had four children; Penny, Kevin, Janice and Jason. They moved to Anchorage in 1975 and she and Delbert separated in 1985. Judy lived in Eagle River until 1985, when she moved to Anchorage and worked as a waitress. In 1983 she went to work at Jackie’s Place Restaurant. After 19 years she had an opportunity to purchase the business. In 2002 she became the proud owner of an establishment that was filled with longtime friends. She and her daughter Janice had the wonderful pleasure of working side by side for 16 years.

She had two passions in life; working and helping others. She was “never afraid of a hard day at work, and never turned her back on a friend,” her family wrote. “If she was needed, she was there.”

“The hardest part for her this last year was not to be able to see all of her friends and customers at her restaurant, not to be able to come down and share the daily stories or visit over a cup of coffee. She was an amazing woman; a funny, energetic, hard-working, giving woman and mother.”

“She was simply extraordinary! She was loved by many and loved many. Her passion was working with all her friends and family at her restaurant. She will be deeply missed by everyone. Her time here was spent caring for and giving to others. She was proud of her children and instilled good qualities by teaching them to care for others and to always work hard. One of her proudest moments was when she became the owner of Jackie’s Place Restaurant in 2002. All of her hard work and determination had paid off.”

“She rests now and believes we will all be together again. Her last wishes were for us to be good to people, be forgiving of people, and most importantly, be there for each other.”

Judy was preceded in death by her parents; daughter Penny; brother Steve Morehouse; and sister Bertha Morehouse.

She is survived by her daughter Janice Johnson; sons Jason Johnson and Kevin (Belinda) Johnson; grandsons Tommy (Libby) Harris Jr. and Stellen Johnson; granddaughters Brynn and Wistyria Johnson; sisters Hazel and Arlene Miller; brothers Rex, Lloyd “Bub”, Paul and Harvey “Buster” Morehouse; half brother and sister Jim Morehouse and Dorothy LeDuc; plus many nieces, nephews, friends and family at Jackie’s Place.

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