Phyllis Johnson

Phyllis Johnson

Phyllis Carma Johnson, 88, passed away on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at RiverStone Hospice Home.

She was born in Billings on Aug. 16, 1925, to Philip and Vera (Holmes) Savaresy. She graduated from Billings Senior High in 1943 and attended the University of Montana in Missoula, where she was a member of Delta Gamma Sorority.

In 1946, she married Harold H. Johnson in Billings. Two daughters, Linda and Carol, were born of this union. Harold and Phyllis had the privilege of raising Harold’s deceased brother’s son, Wayne.

Phyllis lived in Powell, Wyo.; St. Ignatius, Mont.; Billings; and Northern Virginia. While in Virginia, she worked as a secretary at her church and at an elementary school, and then as a secretary for the Board of Renegotiation in Washington, D.C. In 1973, Harold and Phyllis returned to Billings to be close to family and friends.

Phyllis had an exuberance for life and the gift of hospitality. She loved people and entertaining, and her home was always a welcoming place for family and friends.

She was an active member in St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, serving on the vestry and in many other capacities. She belonged to many organizations, which included membership in PEO, Chapter AV; Order of Eastern Star; Daughters of the Nile; Supporting Cast of Billings Studio Theatre; Daughters of the King; and several bridge groups.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband and sister Carol Monahan.

She is survived by her daughters, Linda (Leonard) Iverson of Rapid City, S.D., Carol (Ed) Campbell of Stanley, Va., and son Wayne (Rita) Johnson of Greybull, Wyo. She has four grandchildren: Todd Iverson of Reno, Nev., Jana Iverson of Tigard, Ore., Stephen Campbell of Stanley, Va., and Christy Renken (Brent) of Richmond, Va. Her great-grandchildren are Alex, Erik and Claire Iverson of Phoenix. She is survived by many nieces and nephews and their respective families. She was blessed with many friends.

Burial will be in Mountview Cemetery at 2pm on Tuesday, April 1st followed by the memorial service at 3pm at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Billings, with the Rev. Dr. John Toles officiating. A reception will follow the memorial service in Cardwell Hall at St. Luke’s.

Memorials are suggested to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 119 N. 33rd St., Billings, MT 59101; RiverStone Health Foundation, PO Box 1562, Billings, MT 59103; or the charity of one’s choice.

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