emorial service for Charlotte N. Johnson will be held on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005, at 11 a.m. at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Bend. She died on Dec. 27, 2004, at her home in Prineville of a brain tumor. She was 64.
Mrs. Johnson was born on April 9, 1940, in Stockton, Calif., to Dudley and Nadine Henry. She attended school in the Central Valley in California and was a graduate of the University of California at Davis in physical education. She was a member of the synchronized swim team there. She married Ralph Rago in 1960, and had two children, Janina and Mark. She married Arthur J. Johnson on Nov. 2, 1985, in Davis, Calif. They moved to Sisters in 1997 and to Prineville in 2003.
She loved the outdoors and was an avid backpacker in the Sierra Nevada mountains. She loved to hike in this area and taught a hiking skills class for Central Oregon Community College. She also taught a popular stretch and flex class for several years at Black Butte for COCC.
She was a skilled seamstress and quilter and made clothing and quilts for family and friends. She also loved gardening and belonged to the Sisters Garden Club.
Mrs. Johnson was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration in Sisters and later attended Trinity Episcopal Church in Bend, where she was a third-year student in the Education for Ministry program. When she was no longer able to attend classes, her classmates provided support, including transportation to treatments and meals to her and her family during her six-month illness.
She is survived by: her husband Arthur J. Johnson of Prineville, Ore.; daughter Janina Thilges of Fenton, Iowa; son Mark Rago of San Diego; step-sons Jeff Johnson of Sacramento and John Johnson of Rescue, Calif.; sister Janet Henry of Redmond, Ore. and brother Norman Henry of Powell Butte. She was predeceased by her parents.