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Our Mother, Vonda Lee Johnson was born January 1, 1936. Where she joined her husband Richard Johnson and parents Mr and Mrs Edward William Pryor, 2 sons in-law David Doerr and Quinn Smith and 6 brothers Edward W. jr. Roger, Herbert, Alton, Robert and Mark, on April 7, 2018.
She is survived by 3 daughters Patrice Doerr, LaVonda (Nina) Smith, LaTrice (Missy) Guinn, a son Wahedi Johnson and daughter in-law Sookhee Sin Johnson, along with stepson Mario Johnson.
She is also survived by 3 sisters Vivian Pryor, Roberta Battle, Madie Johnson and brother in-law Melvin Johnson. A brother Gregory Pryor and sister in-law Tina Pryor, along with sister in-law Betty Johnson
Vonda, Granny, had 12 loving grandchildren who adored her, Natisha Poindexter, William Poindexter III, Richard Phillips, Krystal Guinn, Teylour Guinn, Christopher Guinn IV, Kathryn Smith, Nathan Smith, Davis Doerr, Savanna Smith, Marley Johnson, and Ellis Johnson. She also had 4 great grandchildren Isaac Whaley, Mateo Poindexter Whaley, Amara Poindexter, and Bella Phillips. Along with a host of nieces and nephews.
After her journey to Portland, Oregon from Los Angeles, California in the late 1960's with her husband and 3 daughters, she was employed with Portland Public Schools in Early Childhood Education. She went on to work for Nabisco, where she retired. Through these experiences she made lifelong friendships. Her first and for most meaningful job was being a loving and caring wife and mother.
She especially enjoyed spending time outdoors in her lovely garden. If she wasn't outside she was reading and keeping up with family and friends on Facebook. She also loved her daily word search puzzles. She always looked forward to long phone conversations with her sisters and brother.
She enjoyed various crafting and oil painting classes. She also had a fascination and enjoyed the latest gadgets, electronics, power and lawn tools. She had every broom imaginable!
We would describe our Mother as a generous and well meaning soul who cared for all.
"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; also trust in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you, I am going there to prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you may also be where I am. You know the way."
Over the years Mother would recall this verse, saying that we all will be there in time. I know that she is with our Lord and all of our loved ones, knowing that she will see us again.
Blessing and peace to you Momma, we will see you in time.
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