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Joann Alvina Johnson

April 10, 1934 March 14, 2019
Joann Alvina Johnson
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Joann Alvina Johnson (Gauer), 84, of Great Falls, passed away March 14, 2019.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, March 28 at 2:00 p.m. at O’Connor Memorial Chapel. Interment will immediately follow the service at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Joann was born April 10, 1934 to Goddard and Dorothy Gauer (nee Mustard) in Lewistown, Montana. She grew up there, except for a short time during WWII when her father worked at Farragut Naval Training Station in Athol, Idaho. The family returned to Lewistown, and she graduated from Fergus County High School in 1952, being especially active in the FHA.

After graduating, Joann worked for the Fergus County Extension Office as a secretary. She married William Dean Johnson of Stanford, Montana in September of 1960. They moved to Great Falls shortly thereafter and welcomed a son to their family in 1968.

Joann was an avid seamstress, crafter of needlepoint, knitter, quilter, dressmaker, and alteration specialist. There was practically no crafting project beyond her capability, and she did them all. Give her a gourd, hot glue, and a skein of yarn, and there was nothing she couldn’t create.

Her son was also convinced that she was the best cook on the planet.

Joann also loved crossword puzzles, Sudoku, and playing cards, either by herself, or with her good friends. Her weekly games with her friends were of great comfort to her in her later years, and her son never got tired of her always saying “we may not know who won or lost by the end, but we sure did have a good time.”

Joann also volunteered for several years as an election judge, a position she felt especially honored to fill. In addition, she worked several years at the State Fair as a judge in many of the crafting exhibits.

She is survived by her son Darren Johnson (her rare gem), and several nieces and nephews, whom she loved and cared for deeply.

She was preceded in death by her husband William Johnson; her parents, Goddard Joseph Gauer and Dorothy Genevieve Gauer; and her sister, Betty Mae Shammel.

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Memorial Service




2:00 PM 3/28/2019 2:00:00 PM
O'Connor Memorial Chapel

2425 8th Avenue North
Great Falls, MT 59401

Inurnment immediately following memorial service at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

O'Connor Memorial Chapel
2425 8th Avenue North Great Falls 59401 MT
United States

Cemetery Details


Mount Olivet Cemetery Final Resting Place

26th Street South and 24th Avenue S
Great Falls, MT 59405

26th Street South and 24th Avenue S Great Falls 59405 MT
United States

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