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Barbara Jean Johnson

July 27, 2018
Barbara Jean Johnson
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Barbara Jean Johnson, (née Ewend), passed away peacefully on Friday, July 27, 2018 on the evening of her 90th birthday. The family takes that as a blessing.

She is survived by her son, John R. Johnson and daughter Kjersti A. Anthony (husband Richard Anthony), brother Jack F. Ewend (special friend Mary Vosberg), grandson Peter C. Johnson (wife Rachel Sherman), niece and nephews, Kimberly Hart, Jay Ewend, Craig Johnson, Rick Johnson, goddaughter DeEtte Hayenga (husband Rolland Hayenga) and many dear friends. 

She was proceeded in death by her parents, Fred and Hazel (Carlson) Ewend and grandson, Jake R. Anthony.

Barbara was born and raised in Peoria, Illinois. She graduated from Peoria Central High School and then worked for Peoria County Farm Bureau.

Barbara raised her children in the Chicago area and Pittsburgh. After moving to Willmar, she worked for Interior Design Studio, which was her true passion. She was known as “Barbie” by her coworkers. Barbara enjoyed living in her loving and supportive condominium community, where she helped with seasonal displays and shared her large collection of movies and puzzles. She loved decorating her apartment; especially during Christmas.

She was a wonderful loving mother and a generous, loyal, and dependable friend to those she knew.

A Graveside Service will be held at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria, IL. Pastor Stephen Barch will officiate.

Donations in Barbara’s memory may be made to her favorite charity; St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Friends and family may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences to

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2:00 PM 8/1/2018 2:00:00 PM
Swan Lake Memory Gardens

4601 Route 150
Peoria, IL 61615

Swan Lake Memory Gardens
4601 Route 150 Peoria 61615 IL
United States

Cemetery Details


Swan Lake Memory Gardens Final Resting Place

4601 Route 150
Peoria, IL 61615

4601 Route 150 Peoria 61615 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital


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