Lora Johnson

Lora Johnson

PORTLAND — Vancouver resident Lora Fay (Thompson) Johnson, 88, died in Portland, on Dec. 31, 2010. Born in Haxtun, Colo., on Nov. 17, 1922, she was the last surviving child born to James and Sarah (Harrison) Thompson. 

She grew up in Zeigler, Ill., where she graduated from high school in 1940. She attended the University of Illinois in Champagne for several years prior to moving to Vancouver in 1948. There her first job was as a secretary for a wholesale lumberman. 

On Feb. 11, 1949, she married Richard L. “Dick” Johnson and she became a career Army wife. Her husband was stationed at posts both in the United States and Germany throughout his 32-year military career. After her husband’s retirement she moved to Jackson Hole, Wyo., where she was employed for the U.S. Forest Service. In 1974 she and her husband moved to Camas, and she worked at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Vancouver as secretary in the drug and alcohol rehabilitation ward until retirement. 

She was a devoted wife, mother and mother-in-law to Ron Williams, a former resident of Chinook. On her frequent visits to Chinook she attended the Evangelical Lutheran Church where she made many acquaintances. She was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church in Camas and also a member of Clackamas Chapter Order of Eastern Star in Camas. She enjoyed playing tennis, crocheting and crossword puzzles. She was a great hostess and enjoyed cooking for family and friends, and in past years she enjoyed traveling, golf and bowling with her husband. 

Survivors include her son, daughter, granddaughter and numerous nieces and nephews. Her husband, a sister and four brothers preceded her in death.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Jan. 14 at Zion Lutheran Church in Camas with a luncheon reception following. Memorials may be made to either Friends of Chinook School at P.O. Box 243, Chinook, WA 98614 or Shriners Children’s Hospital in care of Penttila’s Chapel by The Sea, P.O. Box 417, Long Beach, WA 98631. Her guest book is available at www.penttilaschapel.com

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