LaGreta Johnson Passes Away at 81

LaGreta Johnson

LaGreta Esther Johnson, longtime resident of Hermiston, passed away on Dec. 31, 2018 in Hermiston at the age of 81.

She was born on Dec. 11, 1937 in Union to Haskell and Ellen Bloom.

She married her best friend, Louis Johnson in Pendleton on Oct. 6, 1957, and they enjoyed 61 years of marriage together. Her first two children of three, both current Hermiston residents, are Dr. Pamela Johnson and Mark Johnson; her youngest child is Michael Johnson, who lives in Yakima, Wash.

She spent the majority of her life caring not only for her own husband, children and grandchildren but also for the many people that came into her life. She was a charter member of the Hermiston Seventh-Day Adventist Church and attended there almost every Sabbath until her death. She will be remembered for her hard and diligent work in the interior remodel of the Hermiston SDA Church, as well as for her many years of service for the Vange John Hospice program here in Hermiston.

She will be remembered with love and affection by her husband, Louis; daughter, Pam; sons, Mark (Kimberly) and Michael (Sherilyn); eight grandchildren, Ashley Rosales (Sean Abdallah), Chloe (Trevor Congleton), Ericka (Patrick Kirk), Joshua, Megan, Wyatt, Whitney and Walker; four great grandchildren, Haddassah Abdallah, Ellanorah Abdallah, Julius Johnson and Oliver Johnson; as well as the many people whose lives she touched.

She was preceded in death by her three siblings, Beulah Otzenberger, Jim Bloom and Naomi Larkin.

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. at the First Christian Church, 775 W. Highland Ave., Hermiston.

A private family burial will be at the Hermiston Cemetery.

Those who wish may make contributions in LaGreta’s memory to Vange John Memorial Hospice at 645 W. Orchard Ave., Suite 300, Hermiston, Ore., 97838.

Please leave online condolences for LaGreta’s family at

Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of arrangements.


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