Julie Johnson, 56, died Saturday, June 23, 2007.
Julia Roseanne Lewis was born Feb. 16, 1951, in Rapid City, S.D., the fourth child of 13 born to Joel and Ilean Pearce Lewis.
As a teen, she volunteered at a Teen Center in Faulkton, S.D., which was the start of a lifetime mission of helping youth.
In 1970, she moved to Winslow and married L. R. "Bud" Johnson. They have one son, Robert "Craig" Johnson.
Known to her friends as "Jewels the Queen," she spent her adult life as a businesswoman; trading, buying and selling livestock, feed, and jewelry. She purchased the Minnetonka Trading Post in 1991. She came to the aid of anyone that needed a hand and became a "second mom" to many. Her many friends were near and dear to her heart and she treated them as family.
Mrs. Johnson lived her life to the fullest right up to the end, taking trips to Illinois, Indiana, Wyoming and South Dakota to see family in the last month. She showed us not only how to have fun, but to endure bravely whatever life brought. She was truly an amazing woman and a real inspiration to all who knew her.
She was a valuable volunteer to the Navajo County Fair and 4-H Clubs and the Little Colorado Horsemen's Association. She served as president and secretary for many years on the Northern Arizona Pool League and Billiard Champion Association in Winslow and Holbrook.
Survivors include her son, Craig Johnson (Katie Stewart); siblings Peggy Gabriel, LaLuz, N.M.; Jeralyn "Jeri" Tapp, Newcastle, Wyo.; Jane Frances, Thatcher, Ariz.; Jean Lewis, Apple Valley, Minn.; Judith "Judie" Wimberley, Winslow; Joel Lewis Jr., (Randi), Joseph City, Ariz., Joetta Deutsch (Allen), Taylorville, Ill.; June Dudley (Bryon), Payson, Ariz.; John Lewis, Winslow; Joyce Morrell (Paul), Arlington, Ind.; Joan Lewis, Winslow; and James "J.D." Lewis, Newcastle, Wyo. She will also be greatly missed by 82 beloved nieces and nephews
In lieu of flowers, please send gifts in her name to Winslow Little League, City of Winslow youth programs, or Navajo County 4-H.
Visitation will be held, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, June at Greer's Mortuary, 316 West Second Street. A celebration of her life is scheduled for 2 p.m., Friday, June 29, 2007 in the Winslow Elks Auditorium, 315 West Third Street. Burial will follow at Desert View Cemetery.