Gareth Anne “Jef” Johnson, was born March 2, 1933, and passed away December 8, 2019. Jef was born in Seattle, Washington to Michael and Pamele Foster. She passed peacefully at a local care center in Boise, Idaho with some of her family by her side. She was married to Tom DeMers of Sandpoint, Idaho from 1956-1981. Together they raised their 3 children there. Deb (John) Noble of Kuna, Idaho, Jeffery “Duffy” DeMers (fiancée, Kylee Hafen) of West Haven, Utah, and David (Cindy) DeMers, Sandpoint, Idaho. Jef moved to Boise, Idaho in 1981 and remained there until her passing. In Boise she met Powell Johnson and they married in 1982. They were happily married until his passing in 1996. Powell brought 6 grown children to the marriage, two of which remained in close contact with her after their dad passed. His oldest son Dan (Linda) Johnson of Auburn, Washington, and his youngest daughter, Cindy Spinney, of Salem, Oregon. Some of Jef’s favorite things were, having coffee and having good conversation with her family and friends. All who knew her loved her sharp wit and sense of humor. She loved watching sports on tv, especially football. She was a good tennis player in her younger days, but her immobility took that away from her in later years. She was very musical and loved to play her piano and sing. She always had silly songs to sing to her children and then to her grandchildren. She liked to knit, crochet and bake in her younger years. She was also an avid reader and loaned her books to the neighborhood ladies. She loved the Lord above all but her family was her life. She was selfless and loving to all. Her door was always open to those in need of advice, a listening ear, good conversation or just a hug. She had many friends young and old and was loved by all. She was preceded in death by her parents, her older brother, Peter Foster, and her husband Powell Johnson. She is survived by a younger brother, Kim (Kathleen)Foster, her 3 children, 2 stepchildren, 13 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. Our family would like to thank her many care givers from Trinity Health Care that became like family, Bev, Nancy, Jeniffer, and Carla. Because she was wheelchair bound and housebound the last 8 years, she depended so much on them when family couldn’t be there. Also a big thank you to Genesis Apex Care Center and Encompass Hospice for the wonderful people that cared for our mother and grandmother in her last days. As to her wishes, she will be cremated and her ashes scattered where her late husband Powell was spread.
A celebration of her life will be held in the spring in Boise, Idaho. Further details will be forthcoming to family and friends at a later date.
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