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Jill’s last story

May 30, 2020

Jill Johnson passed away peacefully on May 21, 2020. She was a passionate storyteller who absolutely loved what she did. The final story she wrote was her own. Before her death Jill wrote her obituary. It was published on May 30th. https://www.whidbeynewstimes.com/obituaries/carolyn-hoke-jill-johnson-april-3-1941-may-21-2020/

I would like to thank all the people over the years who came to see her tell, hired her to perform, bought one of her CDs, or supported her in mastering her craft. She felt so blessed to be able to do what she loved, and share her stories with people all over the world. May her spirit live on through the stories she told.

–Beth Short, her daughter

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  1. beyondthebramble7 permalink
    May 30, 2020 7:36 pm

    I lived next to this woman for a few short years in grade school. I was at that strannnnnnge age between wanting to look cute because, well, BOYS, and wanting to get dirty, play in the mud. I remember, I felt so honored when the Johnson’s went out of town, I got the keys to the house so I could take care of Chanel, the biggest damn poodle I had ever seen. Jill took me on my first true back woods camping trip, a hike into the wilderness on the Appalachian Trail. I remember, she was so patient when I wanted to stop and take pictures of the moss covered rocks jutting out of the mountain, larger than cars and even telling the other girls on our trip, who didn’t quite understand me, “it’s ok, rocks can be beautiful too” She even took the time to make us certificates at the end of that trip. I also remember her teaching me how to ride horses on an English saddle on their gorgeous horse Elliott, and even landed my first jump at the stables where Elliott stayed. She was also the first woman I ever saw with long arm pit hair and I remember being a little in shock and fascinated at the same time 🤣 she taught me how to swim better than what I was doing above water out at Boone lake, and I thought it was awesome that she would let me swim past the kid barriers and get out over my head. Taught me how to tread water, too. I never knew about any of her other life accomplishments, or who she was before she came into my life on Bob Walker Rd. A lot of years have gone by, I found and subscribed to her newsletter awhile back, and we caught up a little bit through email. I got my last article today, this was the last story she had written, her obituary. I will never forget this woman.

    • Jill Johnson permalink*
      June 1, 2020 8:55 pm

      Thank you for sharing those wonderful memories of my mother! ❤

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