Barbara Jean Hoover Johnson was born April 10, 1921, to Lambert David and Eunice King Hoover. Barb was close to her dad and her only sibling, Charles Lambert Hoover.
The Hoover family moved from LaCrosse to Pullman, Wash., when Barb was 13. After graduating from high school, she attended Washington State College briefly before joining the workforce. A coworker introduced her to his buddy Chas Johnson. Barb and Chas married in March 1943.
Chas “shipped out” in the Navy five months later; parting was difficult as Barb was pregnant with their first child. Over time, Barb and Chas created a family of three children.
When their children were young, Chas returned to college by day and worked at night. In tandem, Barb experienced an accelerated course outside the classroom in home economics. As her children grew, Barb volunteered in classrooms, was a Boy Scout den mother, a Brownie leader, and was active in church. She was also in and out of the workforce and found she enjoyed the retail business.
Over the years Barb developed a passion for fabric arts and food. She excelled at clothing design, taught knitting, pursued international cooking, and started a small candy business.
Barb moved with Chas as he advanced in his career. While each location had its own special memories, her favorite was North Carolina. Enraptured by babies since early childhood, she treasured her experience as a volunteer in the neo-natal unit of their local hospital.
A constant throughout Barb’s married life was “The Lake,” property on Mason Lake near Shelton, Wash. Barb cherished her time there. Barb, Chas, their family, and later their extended family, spent many summers at The Lake.
In April 2006, Barb and Chas moved to Highgate Senior Living in Billings. She passed peacefully at home on Oct. 26, 2010; she was 89. Chas preceded her in death in September 2009. They are survived by three children (Susan Jean Johnson Brockie, Charles David Johnson and Frances Marie Johnson), six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A service in Barb’s honor will be held at Highgate Senior Living, 3980 Parkhill Drive, Billings, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7.
Memorials may be given to the Aric Brockie Endowment, c/o Parkhill Assembly of God Church, 1707 Parkhill Drive, Billings, MT 59102.