Mary Elizabeth Johnson
Born February 17, 1942 – Died January 18, 2022
Our mother, Beth, was born to Charles Van and Wilma Maxine (Wood) Henkle on February 17, 1942 in Hotchkiss, Colorado. Her family moved to Portland, Oregon in 1950. Beth graduated from high school in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Shortly after graduation, her family moved back to Colorado. Beth attended Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado. During her university studies, she met Manuel Trujillo. They married on July 1, 1961. They lived for a few years in Brighton, Colorado, where they had five children: Mark, David, Lisa, Brian and Mike. In 1969 they moved to Northglenn, where Beth lived for the rest of her life.
Beth married John Johnson on June 8, 1985. She had four stepchildren, Lynn, Robin, Brian and Amanda.
Beth has always been a very creative person. When her children were young and money was tight, she did many home improvement projects with money and a few inexpensive supplies. She hung wallpaper, planted flowers, refurbished lots of furniture, sewed children’s clothes and other items, made lots of sewing pictures, and painted murals on her child’s walls. John made wooden cutouts and Beth painted them and added her special touches. Beth was a talented watercolor artist. She loved to explore color and light and how to bring them out in her paintings.
Beth loved spending hours in her garden – she loved flowers and plants. She inherited her love for plants from her father. Beth loved photography and taking pictures of all her beautiful flowers and plants. She turned many of these photos into homemade greeting cards. She worked for many years as a plant technician looking after plants in companies. One of her first jobs was delivering plants – one day she came home for lunch driving a converted school bus into a plant delivery vehicle.
Beth was active in her church where she arranged flowers for many Sunday services, made many beautiful banners to decorate the sanctuary, and prepared and served food for weekly community dinners. She also enjoyed planting and maintaining the church’s community garden. She participated in the annual craft fair where she made homemade products like her photo cards. She made many good friends there over the years. It was his chosen family.
Beth has loved cats all her life. From the moment she would save them from her disagreeable little brother, until the very end. She had many pet cats throughout her life. There was always at least one in her house. Her beautiful cat, Stormy, was her faithful companion until recently.
Beth enjoyed many trips to Taos, New Mexico to visit her sons. She enjoyed the one-on-one time with them as they drove her around showing her the places they loved. They would see picturesque landscapes, visit art galleries, old churches, abandoned buildings and so many beautiful places. There was usually at least one dog in tow.
Beth was predeceased by her parents: Charles Van and Wilma Henkle, her son: David, her ex-husband: Manuel, and her husband: John. She is survived by her siblings: Ann and Chuck, her children: Mark, Lisa, Brian and Mike, her stepchildren: Lynn, Robin, Brian and Amanda, her grandchildren: James, Michael, Anthony, David , Calvin, Marcus, Margo, Brittany, Brianne, Brandie, Christine and Christopher, her step-grandchildren: Vanessa, Rhett, Jacqueline, Jacob, Nathan, Emma, Danielle, Laila and Samuel, her great-grandchildren : Caitlyn, Marcus, Sophie, Allison, and Charles.
In lieu of gifts, donations may be made to the Intercessory Episcopal Church to help support the community garden. Beth also requested that you give flowers to your friends and loved ones while they can still enjoy them.
Published by Legacy on January 19, 2022.