October 9, 1927 — December 30, 2017
Carole Johnson, formally of Corvallis, died of an age-related long-term illness in Bend on Saturday December 30, 2017. She was 90 years old.
She was born on October 9, 1927, as one of 14 children born to Viola and Icel Johnson in Crandon, Wisconsin. The family later moved to Oregon and settled in the Medford region.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Wallace E. Johnson, former Director of Information at Oregon State; and nine brothers and sisters.
She is survived by her daughter, Kimberly Hughes and son-in-law Jerry Hughes of Albany, grandson Justin Nason from Albany; granddaughter Shannon Wittpen of Reno, Nevada; and two great-grandchildren, Laurence Wallace Wittpen and Kyla Caprice Wittpen. Other surviving family members include sister Mary Kay Surgeon of Bend, David Johnson of Bend, Larry Johnson of Medford, Johnny Johnson of Hurricane, Utah, and Gail Spies of Merced, California; along with many nieces and nephews.
Carole and Wallace Johnson married September 11, 1949, at a Methodist church in Medford. Both attended Oregon State College. She majored in home economics and Wallace majored in journalism. She was a member of the women’s club at Oregon State College.
Some of her fondest and most loved memories were living in Monmouth when Wally worked for the Oregon College of Education in the late '60s. For a short time, they co-owned the Brand Restaurant in Redmond (1968-1970), then moving to settle in Corvallis.
Carole worked many years as secretary at the First Presbyterian Church as well as Calvin Presbyterian Church, both in Corvallis.
Carole was an excellent homemaker who loved to cook, care for her family, and entertain dinner guests. She enjoyed toll painting, counted cross-stitch and quilting, sewing, and golfing. She and Wally were avid Bridge players and they traveled extensively after his retirement from OSU.
Her memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 14, 2018, at First Presbyterian Church in Corvallis. Light refreshments will follow.