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Lei Lani Johnson 1937 –2017
Lei Lani Johnson (Brown), 79, passed away peacefully, April 13, at Barrett Hospital in Dillon.
Lani was born July 29, 1937, in Banning, CA, to Walter H. Brown and Helen Daisy Brown (Rawlins). She moved to New York State, where she learned to swim in a pond at 4 years old. She attended grade school in Othello, WA, and La Habra, CA.
She was a crack shot at 11 years old, hunting pheasant and rabbits on Beach Blvd. Her mother died that year. Lani’s father was an engineer for the City of L.A. Water Project and moved to Rovana, CA, for the Owen River Gorge Job. Her father married Sophia Brown.
Lani commuted to high school in Bishop, CA. She had an older sister, Clara McMillan, and two younger brothers, Walter Brown II and Patrick Brown.
Lani met Glendon D. Johnson in the year of the Big Snow, 1951. Then they eloped on Nov. 27, 1952, in Tonaph, NV. She was 15. Lani and Glen lived in Tom’s Place, CA, where Glen worked for City of L.A. Water Project and Owen River Gorge, and then transferred to Division Cr. in 1955. In 1957, Lani and Glen moved to Deep Springs, CA, to work for CA Division of Highways, then to Lee Vining, CA, in 1959, then in 1960 to Bridgeport, CA, where her three children, Casey, Eric and Loraine, attended elementary school.
Lani worked for the census, and as secretary for Mono Co. D.A. Lani was den mother for Cub Scouts, 4-H, P.T.A, March of Dimes, Beta Sigma Phi, and Eastern Star. She enjoyed Barrel Racing, Pole Bending and Parades on her horse Brownie.
Lani and her family moved to Pacifica, CA, in 1967, Fawnskin, CA Hwy Maintenance Sta. in 1968, then Crestview, CA Hwy. Maintenance Sta. in 1970, then to Sonora Jct., CA Hwy. Maintenance Station in 1974.
In 1980, Lani and Glen built a house in Bridgeport, CA. Lani was on the grand jury and secretary to the superintendant of Eastern Sierra Unified School District. Lani and Glen traveled to Hawaii, Alaska, India and the Siberian Express in Russia.
In 1991, Lani and Glen moved to Dillon to retire. Lani attended ceremonies of the Supreme Temple Daughters of the Nile and was Queen of the Tirzah Temple in Butte.
Lani was preceded in death by her husband, Glendon D. Johnson.
Lani is survived by her sons, Casey Johnson, of Dillon, and Eric Johnson, of Sparks, NV, and by daughter Loraine Duncan, of Walker, CA. She is also survived by: her grandchildren, Megan Johnson, of Reno, NV, Cory Johnson, of Reno, NV, and Paul Hondo Duncan, of Walker, CA; her sister Clara McMillan, of Spokane, WA; her brothers Walter Brown II, of Vista, CA and Patrick Brown, of Concord, CA; and by numerous nieces and nephews. Special Thanks to Barrett Hospital, Dr. Karen Weed and the Hospice Girls. Memorial contributions may be made to Barrett Home Health and Hospice.
A visitation is scheduled for 6–9 p.m. Friday, April 21, with Funeral Services on Saturday, April 22 at 11 a.m. at Brundage Funeral Home.