Alice M. Johnson |

Alice M. Johnson

Alice M. Johnson passed away Feb. 20, 2006, in Denver, after a long battle with lung disease attributed to radiation exposure in the uranium industry.She was born Alice M. Zang, on Nov. 23, 1923, in Glenwood Springs, to Lena and Ben Zang. Alice graduated from Silt High School and attended Mesa College as an accounting major, before beginning employment in 1942 with U.S. Vanadium in Rifle. She worked for 25 years as a secretary in the uranium industry for Union Carbide Corp. in Rifle and in Hot Springs, Ark., retiring to Grand Junction in 1976. She married Jim Wells in 1945, who preceded her in death in 1952. She raised two daughters, Teresa and Linda Wells, as a devoted single parent, involved in their education, activities and friendships as they matured. In 1968, she married Emmit Johnson, who preceded her in death in 2005. Alice is survived by daughters Teresa Wells of Denver, and Linda Wells of Boston; grandchildren Dominic, Alejandra, and Julio Alessio, all of Boston; sister Dorothy Cerise of Glenwood Springs; brother Merlin Zang of Glenwood Springs; and nieces and nephews Rod Zang and Mark, Kirk and Jill Cerise. She was preceded in death by her parents and her nephew, Rollin Zang. A springtime memorial service will take place in Rifle. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be sent in Alice’s memory to Colorado Special Olympics, 410 17th St., Suite 200, Denver, CO 80202, or online at

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