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Loretta Sue Johnson

Loretta Sue Johnson passed away peacefully March 1, 2009, in the home of her youngest sister, Alice Jensen, surrounded by family and friends. Alice had cared for her for the last two weeks of her life and was such a blessing for her and the rest of the family.

Loretta was born Jan. 24, 1957, to James “Bob” and Levina “Lee” Harris.

She attended school at New Castle Elementary, Riverside Junior High in New Castle and Rifle High School. She had worked at Valley View Hospital for nine years before she had fallen ill. She also worked at City Market for several years, and at both the hospital and market, she had met countless of her lifelong friends.

Loretta was an amazing woman, who touched the hearts of many. She was a wonderful wife, mother of two daughters and grandmother of four. Her love and support never faltered even through her 15-year battle with scleroderma. She shared an extraordinary bond with her siblings, nieces, nephews and their families. She always enjoyed meeting new people and instantly loving and being loved by all. Loretta “Cissy” will forever be missed, and never forgotten.

Most would describe her as the strongest, most courageous, fun-loving, and honest person they’ve yet to meet. Even in her darkest of hours, she brought smiles to the many surrounding faces, warming the saddest of hearts with the bright light she emanated from within.

We were all blessed with many more years than were expected with her, out of her sheer will to overcome the disease. She will remain a driving force for many of us, as she is our rock of hope, faith and love. Knowing that we have been given the most solid of all guardian angels makes the rest of our time on this earth a much more radiant place to be.

Loretta is survived by her loving husband Steven W. Johnson; daughters Bobbi Lee Flynn and Torri Mae Kaufman; grandchildren Jeffery Wayne Power, Jacx Lee Power, Jorgia Sue Kaufman and Onyx Beryl Kaufman; sisters Joybell (Alpheus) O’Banion, Bonnie (Pat) Hayes, Eddie (Lael) Hughes, Merry (Bill) Haddon, Margie Miller and Alice (Steve) Jensen; brothers Joe Harris, Roger (Sherry) Harris and Albert (Chris) Harris; 28 nieces and nephews; and 51 great-nieces and -nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father; mother; brother Robert Lee “Little Bob” Harris; niece Vicky Lynn Cross; nephew William Dean “Billy” Miller; and brother-in-law Alpheus O’Banion.

A viewing for close friends and family will be held from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, at Farnum-Holt Funeral Home in Glenwood Springs. The memorial service will be held 1-4 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the New Castle Recreation Center.

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