Adell A. Johnson was born in Gadsby, Alberta Canada on December 17, 1921. Her parents were Alta and David Protheroe. Alta was born in Nebraska and David in Wales. Her father died when Adell was only nine years old and she and her mother and sister struggled on their own through the depression years. Her mother married Chuck Ford in 1938 and the family moved to Washington state, where Adell graduated from Concrete High School in 1939. She married Axel Johnson in 1943 and they had a strong loving marriage until his passing in 2001. They are survived by three sons - David (and partner Howard Neal), Terry (and wife Sally) and Scott as well as two grandchildren - Micheal (and wife Teresa) and Desiree. Adell had one sister, Elinore, who passed away at the young age of 43 in 1967.
Avon was a big part of Adell's life. To quote Adell, "I have always said I would stop selling Avon when I no longer found it exciting, fun and profitable. Selling Avon keeps my mind sharp, my life full of friends and my competitive spirit alive." She never had to stop selling. She made the President's Club award level every single year, including 2017. She recently confessed that "I never really felt old until about age 94."
Adell loved her family, hosting family gatherings for many decades. She especially loved Christmas - always a big deal. After a fall in August of 2016 she moved into her own apartment at Brookdale Senior Living. Here Adell made many new friends (and customers!) among the residents and the staff. For the last six months she had kind caregivers who would spend the nighttime hours with her and accomplish chores to help make her life more comfortable. Adell sold her home in 2017 and left behind 66 years of memories and many wonderful neighbors.
Adell had a rich life. She and her husband took numerous trips and cruises - and she continued to travel after his passing. Her last big trip was an Alaska cruise in 2015. Her creative side came out in her ceramic work in the 1950s and later with her jewelry creations. Adell was bright and mentally sharp until the end - still managing her own finances and making her own life decisions. She was always optimistic and hopeful and never lost her sense of humor. Her friends knew they could always count on her to be there for them and her family always knew how much she loved them.
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