Mary Jo (Mimi) Johnson

August 22, 1928 — April 26, 2023

Mary Jo (Mimi) Johnson passed away April 26, 2023, in Oak Harbor, Wash. She was born Aug. 22, 1928, in Yakima, Wash., to Glen and Rose (Stauffer) Munch. Mary Jo graduated from Holy Names Academy in Seattle. She married Kenneth L. Johnson from Harrah, Wash., Nov. 8, 1947. They lived on Whidbey Island, in Harrah, Outlook and eventually ended up in Yakima, where their five children were born and raised. She is preceded in death by Kenny, the love of her life of 22 years.

Mary Jo was happy to be a homemaker and a mom. She was a great cook, seamstress and mother. Her home was always open to family, friends and her children’s friends. She made friends wherever she went. She loved to dance and entertain. When the music started, she was moving to the beat! She loved babies and took care of many over the years. She traveled wherever her kids were and cleaned, ironed and cooked her way through her visit.

She is survived by her son KL Johnson (Carol); daughters Kris Johnson (Rick), Kathe Arambul (Bob), Kim Schatz and Karla Freund (Carl); nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

The family expresses its gratitude to the Summerhill staff for their compassionate care for several years.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.