April 12, 2013
On April 3, 2013, Barbara Jean (Payton) Johnson entered into her eternal rest in the presence of her Lord and Savior.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday April 13 at 10:30 AM in the Main Exhibition building at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. A meal will be served after the service. All who knew Barbara are welcome.
Born in Riverside California on February 15, 1938, she graduated from Colton High School. Married in Riverside on August 4, 1956 she and Jim began their married life in Atascadero, CA. To all who knew her she was a quiet, and unselfish, caring woman. Even in the last few years when she suffered from several surgeries including a kidney transplant, she thought of others. An excellent cook, she loved to take enchiladas and her special sauces to the sick and those who had ministered to her in her illnesses. For 8 years she and Jim took charge of food preparation for a Christian Family Camp with crowd in excess of 700 adults and children. She cooked for the staff and VIPs and the local fair for many years. She was an artist, china painter and loved her garden. In simplest terms she truly loved God and served people. Her large family already miss her terribly and their sorrow is only lessened by the confidence that she has just traded a tired , sick body to be with her Lord and someday receive the promised new body and eternal rest where there
is no sickness or sadness or separation from other believers in Jesus Christ: Forever. Her constant desire for those she met was that they would have that same confidence.
She is greatly loved by her husband of 56 years, Jim Johnson; sons, Richard Johnson and his wife Kelly, Maurice Johnson; daughters, Carol Gehweiler and her husband, Dan, Julie Brusseau and her husband, Martin; 18 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren (4 of which preceded her to heaven.). She is also survived by her brother Edward Payton, and her sister Betty Grant.