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2000 47th Avenue
Greeley, CO 80634
Phone: 970-353-1212
Fax: 970-353-4881
Florence Johnson

Florence L. Johnson

Friday, March 13th, 1936 - Monday, March 23rd, 2020
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Florence Johnson, 84, of Eaton, passed away on March 23, 2020 and will be deeply missed by all that knew her.
She was born to Rudolph and Pauline (Schmidt) Schlotthauer on March 13, 1936, grew up near Severance and graduated from Windsor, then lived most of her life in Eaton.

Some know her from church in Windsor or tending flowers and bargain hunting during a decade after a miraculous recovery from near death due to lung cancer.

Many remember her from 20 years as hostess at the Country Inn or through 38 years of sobriety and sponsorship at Greeley’s AA south club.

She is survived by her children, Mark (Rebecca) Johnson and Michelle (Troy) Livermont; grandchildren, Tyler Livermont (Theresa LaRubio) and Jared Livermont; brother, Ronald Schlotthauer; and sister-inlaw, Judy Schlotthauer. She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Ruby and Rudy.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Florence’s name can be made out to Faith United Church of Christ in care of Adamson Life Celebration Home, 2000 47th Avenue, Greeley, Colorado 80634. To leave condolences for Florence’s family, www.adamsoncares.com

Due to CDC restrictions, Life Celebration Memorial will be held at a later date.
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Lori Bates

Posted at 11:15am
Mark and Michelle - Florence was such a special woman. I enjoyed visiting with her at church. My thoughts and prayers are with you both and your families. Lori Bates
KH

Kristina Herndon

Posted at 01:45am
Florence you brought so much joy to so many people. Thank you for spending time with us and blessing us with your amazing humor, love and big heart! I will always remember that a little lipstick can make a day better! ❤️
MJ

Mark Johnson

Posted at 07:42am
What many of you don't know about Florence is the miraculous story of her recovery from lung cancer. In early June of 2007, she had half of one lung removed. Almost immediately things didn't go quite as planned. The doctors accidently cut her liver and her heart stopped during the surgery. A couple of months later, while recovering in a nursing home, her wound became infected, re-opened, and she was rushed to the hospital and we were told that her heart stopped in the ambulance.
While in the hospital, the day after Labor Day that same year, she began to cough up blood, and her heart stopped again. Doctors performed CPR on her for 27-minutes before telling the nurses that they had lost her. While they were rolling up the various tubes and wires, she had a heart beat.
The family was called in. She was in an unresponsive state, with fixed and dilated eyes, on full life support. The doctors told the family they had read of people recovering at this stage, but had never witnessed it. Six hours later a neurologist said he could check again the next morning for brain function, but was certain she would be a "vegetable", was essentially "brain dead", and "if it was my mother, I would unplug the machines."
Her mother, Pauline, who has since passed, asked Pastor Fred to come and pray for her. Fred prayed for peace and likely thought he was praying for a peaceful passing to God's care in Heaven.
However, to everyone's surprise, she woke up in the middle of the night. To this day she lives in her home of the past 40 years, drives her own car, walks a quarter mile on the treadmill most days, and is nearly as active as she ever was both physically and mentally. She has, of course, remained strong in her faith.
The reason this story is being shared, is as a testimony to God's grace, to the existence of miracles, and the power of prayer.
One nurse told the family that this was exactly what the Greeley hospital needed - a miracle.
One doctor, who obviously did not believe in God, told us "whatever God you are praying to, keep it up".
Her cousin, Helen (Schlotthauer) Gebhardt was at the hospital laying on hands just before the worst of the episodes. She didn't go to talk with family, or call people on the phone, or question the care she was receiving, or anything like that, but simply sat and prayed. She is such a witness of strong faith.
Again, this story is shared to say that doctors don't know everything they think they know; that our heavenly Father is the one who is in control; and that prayer to Jesus is more powerful than anything.
 
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Normarutt Posted at 01:00pm

Mark, thank you for sharing! What a story of God and faith! Been wondering how you and Shelly are doing? Eddie just asked about you this morning! Ed and I remember so many fun times with your mom and dad and all of you kids! Your mom was a special person............and will be greatly missed ! Love to you both! Ed and Pugs Rutt and family (Roni, Jeannie & Eddie)❤️🙏🏻❤️
MJ

Mark Johnson

Posted at 07:30am
'Bye Mom. Love You.

I hope it brings some relief to those who cared about her to know that her passing was peaceful. In the end, she had very little pain, her usual nervousness was gone (she once said she WAS anxiety), and although she would rather have gone to her home of fifty years in Eaton, she was also ready to go home to heaven. In her final minutes, one of her nurses, April, told her she wouldn't leave her side until Mom said it was time. Finally, Mom squeezed her hand and smiled, then was gone.

The forgiveness of all of our sins and our resurrection in heaven due to the grace of Jesus is the greatest gift and the greatest mystery of all, but is the greatest hope for those of us with faith. I don't know if we are reunited with our loved ones in heaven but I hope so. If we are, I'm sure Mom is having fun with Grammie and Grampa right now. She was so heartbroken when Aunt Ruby died and devastated when Uncle Rudy died, so I pray they will see each other too. She may even see our Dad, Hugo, who she always loved even after their painful divorce.

My prayers go out to those who loved Mom, especially my sister, Michelle's family. Mom was always so proud of Shell and Troy, and their boys, Tyler and Jared. There were plenty of happy times with Shell as a smiling little girl. Grandma Johnson ("Gronson") definitely loved spending time with the boys when they were younger, and was blessed, after nearly dying, to see them both graduate from high school, to know of Tyler's college graduation and to meet his fiancée, Theresa. There was also plenty of seriousness. Shell's relationship with Mom was one of the things that made it possible for her to quit drinking thirty-eight years ago. After the divorce, Shell was Mom's only companion for a while, and I know those were difficult times for both of them. I was off at college and missed most of Mom's heartache and, I'm sure, her anger - she could lay a guilt trip on someone as good as anyone ever could. Over the years, Shell called Mom pretty much every night; enough to worry her if Shell failed to call - "she must be in a ditch" somewhere - a phrase she has used on me in the past too. Did I say she had anxiety?

My heart also breaks for my lovely wife, Rebecca, who was very close to Mom and loved her. Rebecca is probably the most feeling person I've ever met, and the most generous. She's also a big part of the reason I remained so close to Mom all these years. If I had remained single, I would probably have been off fishing and drinking or worse, and not around nearly enough. I'm also the kind of guy who avoids conflict while Rebecca seeks resolution, apology, and forgiveness - all of which were necessary more than once between Mom and I. Rebecca also understood, that even though I would have been away fishing or hunting had I stayed single as I just said, that I had also committed to Mom in the past that I would take care of her in her old age. Rebecca was almost always the one suggesting that we call or visit Mom. Even though she had been warned against how needy Mom could be and that Mom would expect a lot from her and me, Rebecca was always ready to help Mom with whatever the last task was - "one more thing Markie". She was the reason we spent as much time as we did shopping, visiting people, talking about family history, and just plain getting Mom out of the house. I think Rebecca had way more influence on Mom quitting smoking than the doctors did by boldly exclaiming that if Mom wanted to see her grandsons grow up she better stop. She fixed Mom's hair in the hospital. She kept Mom in her pretty clothes and bling at the nursing homes and before. She organized Mom's myriad of pills after her lung cancer surgery twelve years ago when it would have been impossible for her, and watched over Mom even when she became competent in her own medications. She was also a tireless advocate when Mom ended up in the hospital or the nursing home. Rebecca was also the one who encouraged me to go back to church.

I also want to say "we love you and God bless you" from Rebecca and I to a whole list of other people that Mom cared about through the years, knowing that I'm going to leave important people off the list: her brother, Uncle Ronnie, Paula, "little Ronnie", and the rest of the family; her sister-in-law, Aunt Judy, and Scotty, Pam, Tiffany, and Kiely; Steve, Jenny and Todd; her sister-in-law, Aunt Dorothy; her cousins, Kathleen, Helen, Floyd and Betty, Everett; her niece and godchild, Kerrie; her friends Betty, Bess, JoAnn, Vel, Aleta, Brandi, Jill; Pastor Tracey, Sharon Lee, Denny and Diane, Dorothy, and all of her church family; Pastor Fred; and of course, her friend and tireless handyman always on call, Tommy Redfern.
KB

Kathleen Bopp

Posted at 07:15am
Florence you will be a hard person to forget I will always remember you from the first time I met you at the dentist office you were so much fun for me. I will always look for you at garage sales and turn to see if that is you when I hear someone wearing brackets. I will miss you but you can rest now and always be at peace Kathleen Bopp
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