Sandra Louise Johnson
April 17, 1938 - February 7, 2014
Sandra Louise Johnson, 75, passed away at home in Payson, Ariz. Feb. 7, 2014. Sandy began her life in Homer City, Pa. as “Sally,” daughter of the late Lloyd and Ruth Shadle. Born April 17, 1938, she was a bit of a tomboy early in life.
Following high school, Sandy moved to Washington, D.C., where she eventually met her beloved husband, the late Richard (Dick) Johnson. Later, Sandy moved to Chicago and became a stewardess for American Airlines. Her career was brief as she and Dick soon married and Sandy assumed the role of Navy wife and loving mother.
Sandy was passionate about helping others. After raising her three children, Sandy began a second career, counseling women who had experienced sexual assault. Her support and guidance helped countless women heal. Sandy later became a respected seminar leader specializing in assertiveness training.
Sandy and Dick retired to Pine, Ariz. where they were surrounded by their children and grandchildren. Sandy greatly valued her large circle of loving friends, both near and far, with whom she laughed, cried and enjoyed life.
Sandy is survived by her son, Rick Johnson; son, Rob Johnson; daughter, Kris Emminger; grandchildren David (Elizabeth), Austin (Ally), Taylor, KC, and Mikey; and great-grandchildren Isabelle, Brooklyn, Hallee, Ayla, and Huxley.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Feb. 17 at the First Baptist Church of Pine, 4039 N. Hwy. 87, Pine, AZ 85544. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Compassus, 511 S. Mud Springs Road, Payson, AZ 85541.