Katherine Olivia (Sands) Johnson

Born: Sun., Jul. 1, 1923
Died: Thu., May 10, 2018

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Katherine Olivia Sands Johnson, 94, formerly of 119 Russell Street, died Thursday, May 10, 2018, at UPMC Hamot Medical Center. She was a resident of the Rouse Home for the past two years. Daughter of the late Gerald L. and Olive Ramburg Sands, Katherine was born July 1, 1923, and raised in Chandlers Valley.

Kay was a 1941 graduate of Sugar Grove High School, where she excelled in basketball. She graduated from Hoff’s Business College and worked as a secretary for a brief time before starting a family.

She was a longtime member of the Grace United Methodist Church and enjoyed many hobbies including gardening, cooking, puzzles, photography, and knitting. She was a very talented seamstress as well. Always up for an outing, she enjoyed many trips to Starbucks for a latte and a ride through the “Valley.” She kept her great sense of humor until the end. Above all else, Katherine devoted herself to her family and especially loved to spend time with her grandchildren, one of whom recently described her as “the person I credit most for my survival and well being. In the toughest years of my life, she supported me no matter how far out my politics, hair or lifestyle. She was proud of me for my non-traditional path and for following my heart to the success I have achieved. None of it would have been possible without her.”

She is survived by her daughter--Donna K. Holding, and husband, James, of Warren--and son Douglas D. Johnson, and wife, Dawn, of Ashville, NY; five grandchildren: Cory Holding, of Pittsburgh, Ethan Johnson, of Buffalo, James Holding, of Pittsburgh, Lindsey Johnson, of Albuquerque, and Dane Holding, of Boston. She is also survived by one great-granddaughter and several dear nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death on August 30, 2002, by her husband, Donald W. Johnson, whom she married November 10, 1945 and her sister, Dorothy Beedle, who died on May 19, 2006.

Public services will not be observed. A private service will be held for the family on Friday, May 18th. Burial will be in Warren County Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a memorial contribution should consider Friends of the Rouse, 701 Rouse Ave, Youngsville, PA 16371; Paws Along the River, 212 Elm St, Warren, PA 16365; or the Grace United Methodist Church, 501 Penn. Ave. E., Warren, PA 16365.

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Diann Wirth
   Posted Tue May 15, 2018
My deepest sympathy to the Johnson Family Grandma Johnson was one of the sweetest and funniest person I have ever met. The last time I was with her was at Lakewood Yacht Club when Laird MacCubbin got married and my mother June Clark-Stahnke and Grandma Johnson were just having a ball with these dumb hats that were provided to the crowd. My late mother love her as everyone did. She will be dearly missed.

   Posted Wed May 16, 2018
I'm so sorry for your loss of this wonderful women. She will be missed, however, you got to have her for a very long time and it sounds like that time was precious and gave you lots of wonderful memories.
Please know I'm holding space in my heart for you all.

Mary Anne Symes
   Posted Wed May 16, 2018
My deepest sympathy to Ethan, Lindsey and the whole family. I certainly know how much Ethan loved and admired his Grandma. I know she will be missed by her whole family but will never be forgotten. Love to you Ethan in this sad time in your life, but I know your Grandma was so proud of you.❤️❤️❤️🙏

Patricia Watson
   Posted Thu May 17, 2018
Kay was a very special woman, like a second mother to Doug’s best childhood friend Junior (Gail Graham ). There are many fond memories. In
later years it was always a joy to stop and see her on Russell St. Even in her eighties, she enjoyed a swing around Warren in Gail’s Miata convertible. She is loved and will be missed.
With love from Gail Graham and Patricia Watson

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