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Bonnie Jean Johnson

Posted 2011-06-01 by Sharla
The Wickenburg Sun, Wickenburg, AZ
Wednesday, June 01, 2011

A Celebration of Life service for Bonnie Jean Johnson, 90, will be held on Saturday, June 11 at 12:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Wickenburg, 180 N. Adams Street. Bonnie passed away at her home, peacefully in her sleep, on Christmas Eve, Dec, 24. She joins her husband of 66 years Walter E. Johnson, daughter Wendy Dupont, and sister Doris Vidmar.

Following Walter’s retirement from the Society of Visual Education in Chicago, the Johnsons, along with their horse operation, moved from Barrington, Ill., to Wickenburg in 1974. At the same time, they opened up The Wickenburg Gallery, on Wickenburg Highway (now Wickenburg Way). They operated the business, the first major gallery in the area, for 11 years and featured western and wildlife artwork, pottery, sculptures, and framing services.

Bonnie was an extraordinary bookkeeper and kept precise records of gallery business, as well as the pedigrees of their cattle and horses. She was also an accomplished violinist, an artist, a poet, and sang in the Presbyterian choir along with Walter. The Johnsons were supporters of the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg, where Bonnie served on many committees and was a docent. As members of Rancho de los Caballeros, they both enjoyed playing golf and tennis. She was a Life Member of Las Damas riding club and was one of its oldest members.

Bonnie is survived by son Dr. Ronald A. Johnson, a veterinarian of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; daughter Joanna D. Cottrell (Steve), a speech and language pathologist of Springfield, Ill.; grandchildren Kurt Guemmer of Lincoln, Calif.; Rev. Scott (Jenny) Guemmer of Citrus Heights, Calif.; Kristi (Jermaine) Guemmer of Petaluma, Calif.; Noelle Dupont of Gilbert, Ariz., and Jenny Czyz (Chris) of Coconut Creek, Fla.; great-grandchildren Matthew and Adam Guemmer, Ciara and Braden Czyz; brother Wayne Neely of Cincinnati, Ohio; sister Ruth (Edgar) Sturkey of Lake Barrington, Ill.; and a multitude of nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations of remembrance may be made to the Desert Caballeros Western Museum, 20 North Frontier, Wickenburg, AZ 85390.

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