A wise woman, Karen Jane Johnson (Perry), born September 12, 1958, the
youngest child to Clarence and Nancy Perry, was always filled with the fruit
of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness and self-control passed into the arms of Jesus on Sunday,
October 20, 2019.
Her spirit is carried on by her witty husband, Leland (Lee) Johnson, two
children, Tara and Jaramia Becker, of whom she proudly spoke about,
three grandchildren, two surviving siblings, three nieces and nephews, and
an extended family and friends from every walk of life.
Growing up on a dairy farm, she new the value of hard work. Raising two
children with her former husband Paul H. Becker at a young age, she
always found ways to making each moment special with what she had. She
continued to work hard throughout her life, single parenting her children,
while working full time, meeting and marrying her love, Leland Johnson,
earning her masters degree from Western Michigan University, becoming a
teacher at Reeths Puffer Middle and High School, then later a counselor at
Orchard View High School.
We are blessed to learn many valuable lessons from Karen during her 61
years, among them: you can make something out of nothing. Who knew
that with a little flour, eggs, and dried milk would make a fine muffin;
Lipstick was never done until you scrapped the bottom of the tube; Wash
the kitchen sponge, in the washing machine, instead of buying a new one;
and if you need to trim your hair, grab a pair of scissors.
She loved her essential oils and would never be found without her lavender
oil. She could often be seen outdoors: taking hikes, stopping to breath in
the fresh air and smell of trees, kayaking, riding the motorcycle with her
husband and friends, and music festivals. She loved Hallmark movies,
HGTV, and movies with talking animals. She was well read, and an all
around music lover who was well versed in many instruments. Karen
fiercely loved being with her family and dear friends, she was affectionately
known as Grammy, Nanny, AK, K-A-ron, Sister, and Mrs. Johnson.
She is survived by her husband of thirty years, Leland Johnson; daughter
Tara Becker; son Jaramia Becker (wife Jessica, children Beau, Miah, and
McKenzie); sister Cathy Davis (Larry); brother Terry Perry (Wanda); sister-
in-law Jackie Dykman (Mike); brother-in-law Larry "Scoty" Johnson;
mother-in-law Lucille Johnson; niece Kelly Beets (husband Mike, children
Leighton and Hensleigh); nephews Chad Davis (wife Lisa, children Corbin
and Dominique) and Craig Perry (wife Rebecca, children Gaige and Nixon);
and family and friends too numerous to list but not forgotten.
She is reunited with her parents, Clarence and Nancy Perry; in-laws Paul
and Gladys Becker; and father-in-law Leonard Johnson.
A Celebration of Life will be on November 2, 2019 at Christ Church, 1910
Ruddiman Drive, North Muskegon, MI, 49445. Visitation: 11am-12pm,
Service: 12pm-1pm. There will be a reception after service at the
Muskegon Recreation Club, 1763 Lakeshore Dr., Muskegon MI 49441.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer Association.
I am still in disbelief that this beautiful soul is no longer with us. She was such an amazing woman and I miss her every day! Chris Gilchrist
We loved her like a sister and will miss the joy for life that she shared. Good bye for now, Irmgard and Don Johnson
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