Gladys Lillian (Vigness) Johnson, 88, of Phoenix, Ore., passed away July 31, 2013. She was born to Gina and Louie Vigness July 29, 1925 in Nielsville, Minn. She grew up on a farm in Bottineau, N.D. with four sisters and two brothers. Gladys married the love of her life, LeRoy Johnson, October 21, 1944, shortly before he served his country in WWII.
The couple lived in North Dakota and had two sons, Lyle and Vernon. They moved to Alaska in April of 1953, unexpectedly staying for over 30 years. After raising children, she worked at a dry cleaning business in Anchorage, where she enjoyed socializing with the ladies. During their early retirement years, Gladys loved traveling with LeRoy. They traveled the Alaska-Canada Highway many times, eventually moving to Southern Oregon.
Gladys enjoyed making Norwegian foods for her family including lefse, potato cakes, and lutefisk. She often baked homemade bread and cookies. She was very talented with handicrafts including embroidery and crocheting. She loved writing a daily journal and taking long walks.
Gladys lived a graceful, patient, and quiet life. She was a loving wife, mom, and grandma. The family is very grateful that she was able to stay in her own home with the help of her caregivers, Karla Matheus and Wendy Rogers. She had many visitors during her last days including Amanda Shearer; Lyle Johnson; Agnes Sund; Laura Shell; Lorie and Bill Rooker; Brandi Randall; Ralph Hite; and her neighbor, Georgia.
Gladys is survived by her sisters, Agnes Sund and Bernice McArther; brothers, Lloyd Vigness and Emory Vigness; sons, Lyle Johnson and Vernon Johnson; granddaughter, Amanda Shearer; grandson, LeRoy (Sandi) Johnson; and great-grandchildren, Novalie and Lyle Johnson and Jonah and Elias Eli Shearer. Grandma, you are forever in our hearts!