Ruth Eleanor Johnson

August 4, 1933 - January 6, 2019

Ruth Eleanor Johnson, resident of Albany, passed away on Jan. 6 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis at the age of 85. She was born Aug. 4, 1933, in Boise, Idaho, to John Henry and Anna Elvira Lyon, the youngest of seven children and only daughter. Her brothers were Kenneth, Don, Oran, Burnice, Homer and John.
She attended school in Jefferson. On Sept. 3, 1953, she married JD Johnson in Reno, Nevada, and raised seven children, Dan Johnson, Darrell Johnson, Deena Early, Danette Johnson, Dorisa Hann, Dorene Gumns and Jay Johnson.
Ruth loved all of God’s creation, and was often seen enjoying her flower and vegetable garden. She also enjoyed practically every creature, including dogs, birds, cats, raccoons, chickens, turtles and especially hummingbirds. Every morning she had to have her coffee and toast, and was an avid reader, heartily enjoying many books. She loved taking trips to the beach and Spirit Mountain Casino.
A funeral service was held Monday, Jan. 14, 1 p.m. at Farnstrom Mortuary, Independence, with a graveside service at Hilltop Cemetery and a reception at Buena Vista Church following. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Willamette Humane Society or the charity of your choice. For details, condolences and photos, please visit