Ilona Mary Johnson obituary
Ilona Mary Johnson died on February 28, 2022 in Eugene, OR at the age of 79. She was born in Astoria, Oregon on March 9, 1942 to Uno and Mary Salminen. She grew up in Gearhart, Oregon and graduated from Seaside High School in 1960. She attended Oregon State University and was a proud member of Delta Gamma sorority. On Christmas Day 1961, she married Steve Johnson. They were going to have two children, Eric and Maija. In 1967 the family moved to Eugene, Oregon where they obtained their real estate license and worked for many years for Rams, Sagen Company and Cougill & Hansen Realtors.
She enjoyed the company of her friends and family, painting, quilting and hosting family get-togethers during the holidays, cooking up exquisite dinners with all the trimmings and sending guests home with bellies full and arms full of leftovers and homemade desserts. She was a lifelong Christian and enjoyed attending worship at the Central Lutheran Church, especially on holidays. She loved attending her grandchildren’s sporting events and activities, always being their biggest cheerleader and biggest supporter. She was staunchly proud of her Finnish heritage and taught her children and grandchildren to live by the concept of sisu. After retiring, she finally achieved her lifelong dream of visiting Finland, a trip she would fondly remember for the rest of her life.
She was predeceased by her husband, Steve Johnson, her father Uno Salminen and her mother, Mary Salminen. She is survived by her son Eric Johnson (Suzie Johnson), her daughter Maija Anderson (Tim Anderson) and her grandchildren Liisa, Ben and Jordin, who affectionately called her “Mimi”.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday March 26, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. It will be held at the Central Lutheran Church in Eugene, Oregon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Central Lutheran Church or Kidssports of Eugene, OR.
Published by Legacy on March 19, 2022.