Klea Black Johnson

September 21, 1932 ~ August 7, 2007

Our loving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend left us Tuesday, August 7, 2007 at the age of 74, to rejoin her husband Roy, and daughter Patty, after a short battle with cancer.

Klea was born on September 21, 1932, in Kirtland, New Mexico, to Marion and Verda Black. She grew up in Blanding, graduating from San Juan High School. Fighting Polio at the age of seven, she continued her fight with pain throughout her life.

Klea married Roy C. Johnson on January 29, 1952 in the Manti Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They had five children.

She worked for many years at the Four Corners Regional Care Center and, after retiring, worked countless hours with the Family History Center Extraction Program.

Klea was an excellent seamstress and avid quilter. She won several awards for her quilts. Everyone in the family treasures the quilts she made them. She enjoyed traveling, camping, and she was forever playing SkipBo, Rook, or Phase 10 with anyone who wanted to play.

She spent many hours playing games with the seniors at the Senior Center and drove several of the ladies to the Temple each week so they could all attend.

Klea’s many church callings included 20 years in the Primary program as President, Teacher, Cub Leader, and Nursery Leader. Her callings also included Relief Society Teacher, Visiting Teacher and a Visiting Teacher Supervisor, and the Stake Family History Extraction Supervisor.

Klea is survived by four children: Carol (Larry) Richmond of Blanding; Gordon (Jane) Johnson of Bountiful; Keith (Dana) Johnson of North Salt Lake; and Marilyn (Roger) Low of Monticello; 18 grandchildren and their spouses, and 13 great grandchildren, with another one due any day, brothers Gerald, Bruce, Max, Clisbee, and Raymond and sister Elaine.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, and daughter Patricia.

Funeral services were held on Monday, August 13 with interment in the Blanding Cemetery.

The entire family wishes to thank all the wonderful friends who have shown their concern during Klea’s illness and have supported our family in this difficult time.
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