Ida Louise Johnson, age 86, Bellingham, Wash., formerly of Ward County, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Bellingham.
She was born Oct. 10, 1925, in Eureka Township, Ward County, N.D., to John Carl and Eva (Bowen) Lade. She married naval aviator Jim Andrew Johnson, and they left North Dakota in 1963 with their children to live in Fort St. John, British Columbia, on a farm, and Ida began working for Simpson-Sears. In the early '70s, they moved to Abbotsford, British Columbia, where Ida continued working for Sears.
Later they moved to White Rock, B.C., and Ida opened her home and heart as a foster mother. In the late '70s, they moved to Birch Bay, Wash., where they built a home together. During this time, Ida was a bookkeeper for Pt. Roberts gas station. In 1998, Ida moved to Blaine, Wash., and was very active member of Grace Lutheran Church in Blaine. She loved the Lord and made sure that all her children and grandchildren were baptized. At her apartment complex in Blaine, she became the "go to" person and helped everyone when needed. She was a very caring person and a friend to many.
Three and a half years ago, Ida moved into Orchard Park Assisted Living in Bellingham. She tended a beautiful garden, and became good friends with both the residents and staff. Ida was an excellent bowler and an avid crossword puzzle fan. She enjoyed playing the card game Skip-Bo, watching "Jeopardy" and "Wheel of Fortune," and loved her gardens.
Ida was preceded in death by her 3 sisters and 4 brothers; and special friend, Virgil York.
She is survived by: her 5 children, Judith and her husband, Byron; James and his wife, Mitzi; Vicki, whose husband, John, died in 2007; Jerry and his wife, Frances; and Kevin and his wife, Shirley; 11 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; nephew (like a son) Rick and his wife, Carolyn; numerous nieces and nephews, Esther Carlson, many relatives, and good friends Judy Wagner, Millie and Wilfred Schwab, and Rose and Walter Hetman.
She loved being a "Mom" to so many. Ida was loved dearly by her family and friends, and she will be missed by all who knew her.
The family is grateful to the staff at Orchard Park Assisted Living, for the loving care they provided.
Memorial donations: May be made to the American Lung Association, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20004, (www.lung.org).
Memorial service: Will be held Monday, Sept. 17, 1 p.m., at Grace Lutheran Church, 702 G St. in Blaine, Wash.
Please sign the online guest book and share your thoughts and memories of Ida at (www.farewelltributes.com).
(Moles Farewell Tributes, Greenacres Memorial Park, Ferndale, Wash.)