Tamara Johnson
1949 ~ 2014

Tamara Johnson, a long-time resident of the Silver Lake community of Los Angeles, passed away surrounded by her family on December 23, 2014, several months after being diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease). At the time of her passing, she was living with her brother and sister-in-law, Brett and Lygia Johnson, in Highland, Utah.

Tamara was born March 22, 1949 to Russell Tingey and Louise Haynie Johnson in St. Paul, Minnesota. She spent her childhood and youth in Salinas, California and in Hillsborough, on the San Francisco Peninsula, and graduated from Burlingame High School in 1967. Tamara spent years working and traveling to France, Italy, and Greece, and studied dance in U.S. and international studios. She began her college studies at San Jose State University and completed her BA in philosophy and dance at San Francisco State University. She later moved to Southern California and taught at Solano Avenue School in the Los Angeles Unified School District for 14 years. She was resourceful and enterprising in sharing her love of the arts with her students. Under her guidance and direction they learned the music, choreography, and costumes from a range of international cultures. She also invited local professionals into her classroom to teach art and design. Tamara loved her students. She retired from LAUSD in June of this year.

Tamara is survived by her mother, Louise Johnson, and her three brothers and their wives: Scott and Margaret, Rand and Lynn, and Brett and Lygia. She was preceded in death by her father, Russell Tingey Johnson. Many nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews fondly refer to her as “Aunt Tamale.” She is also survived by her beloved Jack Russell Terrier, Violette.

The family wishes to thank Valeo Home Health and Hospice for their kind and compassionate care.

Memorial services will be held Monday, December 29, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at the Highland 25th LDS Ward Chapel, 5335 West 11200 North, Highland, Utah. Family will receive friends from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. prior to services. Interment will be at East Lawn Memorial Hills Cemetery in Provo.

 

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