Jeannie Kilgore Johnson passed away peacefully Sunday December 10, 2023, in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was 95 years old.
Jeannie was born in Fort Towson, Oklahoma on June 17, 1928, the second of six children born to William Algie Madison Kilgore and Ethel Oretha Norris. She grew up in Texas and always called herself a Texas girl with her Texas accent. She then moved to and lived in Salt Lake City working at ZCMI and living in the Brigham House.
In 1969, Jeannie met Don F. Johnson, and they were married on November 27, 1970, in Mesa, Arizona. One of her favorite activities was dancing and she did it very well!
Jeannie has always been independent and hardworking and often said, “You just have to keep going”. She was an excellent seamstress. As a young girl she said, “If I can sew it, I can have it.” And she could make anything. She also hosted wonderful dinner parties and invited friends to enjoy her gourmet cuisine at home or in an outdoor arena. One of her specialties was her Fruit Cakes. Every year she made (from scratch) and sold her famous fruit cakes. She loved volunteering at community service events, and she made friends wherever she went. Jeannie joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in her 20’s and has been active in her church and in the past years the Eighteenth Ward in Salt Lake City. Many thanks to those in the ward and all who befriended her and who loved and helped her during her years since her husband, Don, passed away.
Jeannie is survived by one brother in Texas, Algie Lee Kilgore and many nieces and nephews of Algie and her other siblings who passed before her. Also remaining are her 3 stepdaughters, Claire and Bob Kaufman, Sylvia and Bob Coester, Sonja and Kevin Kramer and their families.
She is preceded in death by Husband, Don F Johnson, her sisters Rosie Lee Kilgore, Eloise Kilgore, brothers Louis Kilgore, and Reuben Kilgore, parents William Algie Madison Kilgore and Ethel Oretha Norris and two stepdaughters, Gail Johnson Tippy and Becky Johnson Watson.
Jeannie was very specific about not wanting a funeral and made sure it was documented so we are honoring that wish. She will rest at Redwood Memorial Cemetery.
Jeannie, until we meet again, enjoy dancing and being with those who have gone before.
We love you!