Gerrie Johnson

Obituary of Gerrie Rae Johnson

Eulogy of Gerrie Rae Johnson November 9, 1943 – April 26, 2021 Gerrie Rae Johnson was born on November 9, 1943 to Ray and Esther Eis in Santa Monica, California. She passed away on April 26, 2021 in her home in Snohomish, Washington. She reached perfection at the age of 77 years old; however, she would have preferred that we not reveal her age. Gerrie accepted Jesus as her personal Lord and Savior as a young child. When she was 9 years old, Gerrie, her Mom, and her grandparents Mo Mo and Bampa moved to Seattle (Ballard), WA. Gerrie graduated from Ballard High School in 1961 and then graduated from Seattle Pacific University in 1966. Shortly after graduating from college, Gerrie’s childhood friend, Sharon, who she lived next door to, was getting married and Dale and Gerrie walked down the aisle for the first time as a groomsman and bridesmaid in Sharon’s wedding. Come to find out, Sharon was Dale’s cousin, yet Dale and Gerrie had never met. They immediately started dating and shortly after, Gerrie and her Mom traveled to Sweden to visit relatives for six weeks. While in Sweden, Gerrie and Dale frequently corresponded and shortly after her return, Dale proposed. On February 11, 1967, Gerrie married Dale Richard Johnson of Seattle, WA at Ballard Baptist Church. She was an elementary teacher at Kimball Elementary School until Julie Linne’ was born on July 30, 1971 in Seattle, WA. On February 12, 1974, she gave birth to Andrew Ryan. Dale and Gerrie were very active in their church, Christian Temple, and Gerrie taught Sunday School and Children’s Church for years. They lived in Ballard until 1995, when they moved to Snohomish, WA. Gerrie, affectionately known as “Grammie” will be remembered for many things such as her love of chocolate, collecting things, the Seahawks, jewelry, s’mores, photos, staying up really late, teacups and saucers, garage sales and thrift stores, palm trees, hymns, the scent of vanilla, the color turquoise, flowers, and all things sparkly, but mostly for her immense love for the Lord and her loved ones. She loved to play piano, do extensive research for her family tree, and make and collect dolls. She taught specialized reading at Monroe Christian School for several years. She continued to teach Sunday School and help with the kids’ costumes for the kids’ plays at Christ Church Monroe. She volunteered for years at The Harvest Festival at the Fairgrounds in Monroe and six years ago, Julie and Gerrie co-founded The Treasure Chest, a ministry of this church that helps foster, adoptive, and kinship families. She was always willing to share her time and resources and gave without expecting anything in return. Gerrie was preceded in death by her mother, father, and grandparents. Gerrie is survived by her husband Dale of Snohomish, WA, their daughter Julie (Johnson) Hanford and son-in-law Kevin Hanford of Monroe, WA, and their seven children, Hayley, Cody, Linzie, Katrina, Courtney, Landon, and Melody, as well as their son Andy and daughter-in-law Angie of Turner, OR, and their four children, Darren, Justin, Raimey, and Bryley.
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