Lorna Fletcher (Johnson)
retired Widowed 2
Dec. 30, 1939 - July 2, 2011
WALLA WALLA -- Lorna K. Johnson, 71, died July 2, 2011, at Regency at The Park.
Notice dated July 6, 2011
Lifelong area resident, Lorna K. Johnson, 71, died July 2, 2011, at Regency at The Park, 420 SE Myra Road, College Place, Washington. Lorna was born December 30, 1939, in Walla Walla to Kenneth and Ethyl Fletcher. She attended Walla Walla schools and was a Wa-Hi graduate. On July 4, 1959, she and Chuck Johnson were married in Walla Walla. They had two sons, Marty and Chuckie. She worked at Birds Eye Cannery, was a teacher's aid at the Touchet schools, worked for Three R's Montessori School, College Place Bindery, and at one time helped with senior care. She also had an estate sale business and took some time to do property management, including buying and selling fix-up homes. She enjoyed crafts, scrapbooking, making cards and doll-collecting. She also took faithful care of her son, Chuckie, for 30 years while he was living in a nursing home. She loved spending time with her granddaughter, Sierra and great-grandson, Brayden and they were the light of her life. Lorna was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Walla Walla City Seventh-day Adventist Church. Funeral service was Friday, July 8, 2011 and burial at Blue Mountain Memorial Gardens with memorial contributions made to Touchet Education Foundation or the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Marty and Sheron Johnson of Touchet; her granddaughter, Sierra Johnson and great-grandson, Brayden Johnson, both of College Place. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 1996, and her son, Chuckie, who died in 2006. Guestbook was at www.mountainview-colonialdewitt.com .
Retired - M.D. (Ophthalmologist) Married 3Spouse: Bev
Children: 2 Sons and 1 Daughter
Grandchildren: 3 Grandsons & 2 Granddaughters
Activities/Hobbies: Golf, Walking with my wife
After graduation from Wa-Hi, I attended Whitman College where I began working toward my medical career with pre-med studies. Four years later I attended Medical School at the University of Washington. This was followed by an internship year in Minneapolis, Minnesota and then three years as a Naval Flight Surgeon. I then returned to the University of Washington for a four year residency in Ophthalmology and (finally) got a real job when I began a practice in Olympia, where I worked until I retired.
Fortunately, the best thing I obtained from Whitman was the love of my life, my wife of 46 years, Bev. We have been blessed with three children, Kevin (42), a prosecuting attorney in Wenatchee, Chris (40) our ex-Navy Seal (everyone has one of these adrenaline junkies somewhere), and Kim (38) a wonderful mother here in Olympia, married to a Veterinarian. Bev and I have five grandchildren ranging from 8 to 2 years of age, three of whom are boys and two are girls.
During the earlier times of our family, we skied, I watch thousands of soccer games and even tried to coach baseball. (“Throw strikes, throw strikes”) I also played racquet ball for fun. After retiring, golf has become a better sport for this old body.
Bev and I have a strong Christian belief, and have become Certified Christian Conciliators through an organization located in Billings, MT called Peacemakers. We have been asked to mediate conflicts of all sorts here in Washington as well as such places as Montana and Australia. This ministry gives us great joy in serving, particularly because we can do this as a team.
Finally, we thank God for being alive and healthy!
Rosemary Foss (Lee)
Retired - Interior Design Married 2Spouse: Jerry Lee ('58)
Children: 2 Daughters
Grandchildren: 1 Granddaughter and 1 Grandson
Activities/Hobbies: Golf & Gardening
I am proud to say I am a 1959 graduate of the great Wa-Hi with even greater classmates. Many I have remained close to and have the pleasure of calling them today’s friends. I always have warm feelings for Walla Walla, and I am proud of the progressive town it has become.
After graduation I moved to Seattle to attend Cabrini School of Nursing and Seattle University. After two years I realized nursing was not my calling, but my long time love, Jerry Lee, was! We were married in 1961 and have just celebrated our 48th Anniversary. We lived and raised our two daughters in Issaquah, Washington. Jerry was an Aeronautical Engineer with Boeing Co. for 34 years and is now retired. We have two daughters; Deborah 47 and Jennifer 45 and two Grandchildren; Fiona 11 and Connor 6.
In 1973 I went back to college and achieved a degree in the field of Interior Design. After some 20 years working in Design I have retired.
Jerry and I moved to Kent, Washington in 1994 and now live at the Meridian Valley Golf Course. Yes, we spend way too much time with that silly stick in our hand!
We have had the pleasure of travel both inside and outside of this great country, but mostly we love being home golfing and enjoying our friends and family.
I look forward to our reunion and visiting with all of my Wa-Hi classmates. See you there!!
Judy Francis (Kopta)
Day Care Provider Married 4
In 1960 I met John Kopta from Milton Freewater and that was exciting! We were married in 1961 and bought a farm in Umapine, Or. While living on the farm we had three children; Kristi, John and Craig.
In 1966 John took a teaching/coaching position at Hermiston High School and we moved to Hermiston, OR. In 1971 we had our fourth child, a son, Kevin.
I started a day care in my home in 1969 and it is still going strong. Retirement is a few years away for me. I still enjoy having my children coming every day.
I was a Hospice Volunteer for 20 years and enjoyed it very much. I used to refinish antiques and do wood carving. Currently I stick to making Santas and I love yard sales.
John and I enjoy traveling, spending time with our 9 grandkids, and having lots of fun times at our cabin on Mill Creek.
I am looking forward to seeing everyone at our 50th reunion.
Retired - Self Employed Married 2Spouse: Sheri
Activities & Hobbies:
Golf & Stained Glass
Since this obituary has been written by his son, Greg, I would like to acknowledge Dan Frandsen as being a very kind, forthright, trusting and loving father. I could not have asked for a better Dad. He was the best!!!!
Retired - UW Oceanography - now self-employed crafts business DivorcedActivities/Hobbies: Fabric Crafts, Traveling, Garage Sales, Reading
After graduating from high school I went to college for one year in Ellensburg and then moved to Seattle. My first job was with Dun & Bradstreet. I soon discovered being a file clerk was not my idea of a career job. In 1961 I got a job at the University of Washington in the Department of Oceanography as an Office Assistant. After a few years and promotions I was the Administrative Assistant. I did payroll, personnel and all the travel arrangements and soon got the travel bug myself. Over the years, I travelled around the US, Europe, New Zealand, Australia, Turkey, Canary Islands, Mexico, Hawaii, etc. In 1982 I married a Boeing Engineer, Cliff Cotton, and soon thereafter he was transferred to Wichita, Kansas.
After 21 great years in Oceanography that part of my life was over. In Wichita I worked as an Administrative Assistant in an advertising agency. We were divorced in 1985 and I moved back to Seattle and worked as a travel agent. A year later in 1986 we got remarried and I moved back to Wichita. This time I did craft shows and we did a lot of travelling around the US and Europe. In 1988 I moved back to Seattle area and we divorced in early 1989. I continued to do art/craft shows and also had a part time job in an antique store in Edmonds for ten years. Then I worked part time in a quilt shop in Lynnwood until my sister Jan and I moved back to Walla Walla to care for our Mom in 2003. After three special years she passed away in June 2006.
I continue to do art/craft shows in the Seattle area, Tri Cities, Pendleton and the 4th of July in the Park in Walla Walla. In April I had the unpleasant task of having my dear 20½ year old black car, Abby, put to sleep. She came to me as a pregnant stray and stayed for 19½ years.
I volunteer at College Place CURVES twice a week and enjoy Mariners baseball. Life is good!
Patricia Gallamore (Cooley)
Retired Divorced 5