Class of '59 loses another classmate Ellen Kinney Johnson

Class of '59 loses another classmate Ellen Kinney Johnson

Joined: September 21st, 2002, 7:44 pm

April 10th, 2011, 1:38 am #1

Ellen Johnson
From newspaper in Napierville, Illinois:
Johnson, Ellen C. K. Ellen C. K. Johnson of Naperville, aged 69, passed away on January 2, 2011. She lived life to the fullest, enjoying traveling, dancing, canoeing, teaching, and any other activity she could fit into her schedule. From 1987 to 2010, Ellen taught Anthropology at the College of DuPage, retiring in 2009. In her teaching, she sought to expand people's understanding of the world around them. Among her social activities, she enjoyed a life-long love of folk dancing, including participation in groups in Evanston, Argonne, Fermilab and the University of Illinois, and led the annual DuPage River Sweep clean-up for the Conservation Foundation. She believed that we are all connected through love and communion, and in her professional and social lives operated under the philosophy that making fun infectious allowed it to be shared with everyone. Ellen is survived by her husband, Phil Paul, two sons, Paul and David, step-daughter Jennifer, brothers Dick and Herb and sister Amy, and seven grandchildren. A memorial service to celebrate Ellen's life will be held at the DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church in Naperville on Saturday, January 22nd at 2pm.
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Joined: September 21st, 2002, 7:44 pm

April 12th, 2011, 1:23 am #2

I knew that many of us would like to know what happen to Ellen (Kinney) Johnson so I went to her FB page and contacted a friend who had written an RIP message to Ellen. Her response follows:

Re: Ellen's Passing
"Sandra, Two days after her 69th birthday she got on a plane headed to Seoul with plans to visit friends in Thailand. About 7 hours into the flight, she finally got up to move around. As she headed for the bathroom, she collapsed (in front of a Korean medical team) She opened her eyes, smiled, and lapsed into a coma from which she did not return. The plane made an emergency landing in Khabarovsk, Russia, where she was rushed to a hospital. There she was in the intensive care ward until she died on Jan 2, 2011. Her son Paul had 2 days to be with her before her passing. She was my best friend, and a joy and blessing to be with. And she was still that lovely free spirit."

There is a guest book where you may leave memories for the family:
http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/stng-na ... =gbsrchres

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