December 29, 2010 our wonderful mother, Granny and friend
was welcomed into the arms of heaven's angels. Charlotte
Whittaker Johnson was diagnosed in April 2009 with Merkel
Cell Carcinoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer. A
lifelong teacher until the end, she made it her mission
in life to be a shining example of faith, courage and spiritual
trust throughout her illness in which she remained optimistic
and positive. That attitude carried with her into her journey
into the next life of wholeness and healing.
Charlotte was born July 7, 1943 in Heyburn, Idaho and her
delivery was assisted into this life by her Grandmother
Riley. She was the oldest of four children of L. M. Whittaker
and Wanda Fern Riley. Her siblings include Russel (Carol)
Whittaker, Cynthia (Leo) Larson, Marsha (Mike) Stanford.
She was raised in Heyburn and Rupert, Idaho, spending her
younger years working in the fields, playing with her brother
and sisters and riding a horse named Trinket every chance
she got. She was baptized in the LDS church with her brother,
Russ, on April 10, 1954.
Charlotte graduated from Minico High School in Rupert,
Idaho in 1961. She was involved with Pep Club, Future Homemakers,
and held office in several clubs. She was a successful speech
March 21, 1963 was one of the happiest days of her life
when her brother, sisters, father and mother where sealed
in the Idaho Falls Temple for time and eternity. Family
was always a cornerstone for Char's life and she believed
in the eternal family.
In 1964 she graduated from BYU with a B. S. in Home Economics
with a secondary education endorsement. After college she
taught school in Duschene, Utah, and then moved back to
teach high school at Minico High in Rupert, Idaho.
She was married to Ray Johnson in 1966 and the union lasted
for 27 years. Together they had four children and 16 grandchildren.
Scott (Christy) Johnson, children Brooks, Braxton; Jodi
(Christian) O'Shea, children, Baylie, Jack, Bryn, Liam,
Sam; Chad (Heather) Johnson, children, Celeste, Michael,
Venida, Zerin, Jeddidiah, Dagen; Shelly (Jeff) Downham,
children Raegan, Darby, Trey. She never missed a birthday
or special occasion, and was blessed and treasured in her
relationships with each of her children, spouses and grandchildren.
Char was the Wyoming State PTA President and was involved
in countless activities and endeavors with her children
and grandchildren. She was their number one fan and encouraged
everyone in whatever path they chose to pursue. She dedicated
19 years of her life as a teacher at Cathedral Home for
Children in Laramie, Wyoming. She never gave up on those
with challenging life circumstances and had a gift for reaching
those in need. "I was taught to think everybody was
somebody with ambition," was a common quote of hers.
She chose to pursue a career in massage therapy and ran
a successful business appropriately named "Chars Angel
Hands Massage." She collected angels to keep with her
to decorate her massage rooms. She was loved by friends
and clients alike. She continues to be our angel.
Her hobbies included sewing and she was an accomplished
seamstress. She spent many late nights sewing projects to
surprise those she loved with the gifts of her talents and
efforts. As she stated, "Life seemed too important
to sleep it away." She also enjoyed writing poetry.
She has spent past years as an aerobics and fitness instructor.
She was an active member of the LDS Laramie Sherman Hill
She loved to watch the sunrise and sunsets of each new
day. She especially loved the early morning sunrise and
wrote, "It makes a beginning of each morning and presents
a feeling that all is OK with majestic colors and silence
as the sunshine rises." She spent the last year of
her life at her daughter's lakefront house enjoying majestic
sunsets and sunrises which gave her peace and comfort during
her struggle with cancer. She left this world as the sun
was rising on Dec. 29, 2010. Though she passed into another
phase, we know she is not sleeping but will always be alive
with us in spirit and will still be our #1 fan and angel
Walking through the dark valley to reach the other side
Holding your hand in mine, we have tears but we are strong
Because the journey has been worth the wait, we know it
won't be long
Just to hear the word death we feel as though we have died
We must live each day in love, caring and compassion
Someday we will all die, but with trust, faith and love
shared; the soul never dies
Death, like life, we must fully embrace as a forever friend
It is another sunrise, a beginning not merely just the end
We can no longer hold hands, but it is just for now; we
will be forever holding hearts.
Funeral services will be held Friday January 7, 2011 at
2:00 in the Warenski Funeral Home Chapel located at 1776
North 900 East, American Fork, Utah. Family and friends
may call from 1:00 to 1:45 pm prior to services. Interment,
American Fork City Cemetery.
Memorial services wil be held on Wednesday, January 12,
2001 at 2:00 pm at the Laramie LDS Stake Center Chapel located
at 331 Hayford Avenue, Laramie, Wyoming.