LaRae Ottesen Johnson


(March 12, 2005)

Funeral services took place Saturday, March 12 in Spanish Fork, Utah, for Jennie "LaRae" Ottesen Johnson, who died Tuesday, March 8 in Powell.She was 75.

She was born in Palmyra, Utah, on Dec. 10, 1929, to Ervin and Jennie Ottesen. The family moved to Moody Creek, Idaho, in 1936. She attended most of her grade school years at the old Moody School and spent her High School years at Sugar City. After graduation, she moved to Provo, Utah, to continue her education at Brigham Young University.

She married Ivan Johnson on Nov. 16, 1949, and they raised five daughters at their home in Spanish Fork, Utah.

She worked many jobs, but the most rewarded one for her and her husband was fostering more than 100 young girls. After her retirement, she enrolled in the Foster Grandparents Program at Brockbank School where her love of children continued.

She enjoyed reading, gardening, sewing, crocheting and spent many happy hours researching genealogy and writing histories of her ancestors.

Her greatest joy in life was her family. She spent hours cooking for them and also baked many loaves of bread and goodies for her neighbors and friends.

She is survived by her daughters, Vickie (Danny) Edmonds, Christie (Jim) Allison, Tamara Johnson, Ronda Lloyd, Charlotte Russell and stepdaughter Liz (Dick) Bona; two brothers, Max and Doyle Ottesen; two sisters, Marla Russell and Sandra Stevens; 15 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, three sisters, two grandsons and one great-grandson.

Interment was at the Spanish Fork City Cemetery.