Helen Patricia Johnson, 80, passed away on May 23rd, 2012. Pat was born in Fresno, California, the only daughter of Byron and Irene Deshler. Pat’s father was a Methodist pastor and Pat spent her childhood living in Arizona and Southern California. Pat met Chuck (Charles Lindberg Johnson) of Sparta, Wisconsin, her husband of 60 years, at a church social when Chuck was en route to Korea as a U.S. Marine. Pat is survived by her devoted and loving husband Chuck; five children – Philip (Daranna), Susan Campbell (John), Steven (Renee), Kevin (Nora), Melanie Darnell (Scott); eight grandchildren; three brothers – David (Beverly), Jim (Lupe) and Tom (Lynn); and one cousin – Doug White (Elaine). Pat was preceded in death by her parents and a young daughter, Mary. A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 31st at Creighton United Methodist Church, 4900 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix. A luncheon reception will be served. In lieu of flowers, donations to the following charitable organizations are suggested: The American Syringomyelia and Chiari Alliance Project, Hospice of the Valley or Global Hope Network–Jesus Film Project.
On behalf myself, Sarah, the Officers and members of the Rim Country Detachment of the Marine Corps League, I wish to express our sincere condolences to the Johnson family on the passing of Patricia.
We wish her “Fair Winds and Following Seas” for she was and will always be an integral part of the Marine Corps Family.
Colonel, U. S. Marine Corps (Ret)
Dear Chuck & family,
So sorry to hear of Pat’s passing. She was a sweetie to talk to at our functions up here in Payson. I know you all will miss her a great deal.
Chuck you take care of yourself and know that we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.