Barbara Lou Johnson, died Sept. 13, 2022. She was born July 16, 1930, in Elkhart, Kan.
Barbara entered the world at the heart of the dust bowl and by 1935, the family moved to Scott City, Kan., giving her a better environment for her “dust bowl” cough.
During WWII, they lived in Colorado Springs, Colo., where she enjoyed figure skating lessons at the Broadmoor Ice Palace. After the war, they moved back to Kansas and Barbara completed high school and college. Her first teaching position was at a small Mennonite community near Dodge City, Kan., where she met her husband Milton and they married at the end of the school year. They located in a very small farming community near Wichita, Kan. Milton was general manager of the local grain cooperative. Later, they moved to Barbara’s home town continuing to be involved with farming activities. Barbara taught in the elementary grades until moving to Amarillo, Texas.
After moving to Amarillo, Barbara was a personnel manager for Dillard’s Department Store and Target. Later, she was a tutor/trainer for the Adult Literacy Council affiliated with Amarillo College and conducted tutor training workshops in that area.
She and Milton retired and moved to Yucaipa. They were actively involved at First Baptist Church (now Gracepoint Fellowship) and Barbara was a secretary for the early childhood department, as well as a volunteer in the children’s department. When the Loma Linda Ronald McDonald House opened, she accepted a position as a relief manager and was there for 10 years.
She loved God’s creation, Disneyland, travel, off-roading, live theater, classical music and was so grateful for her many friends.
She is preceded in death by her daughter Suzanne, her son Craig and her husband Milton.
There are no funeral services planned at this time.