Gwenna G. Johnson

December 23, 1949 - July 3, 2021
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Gwenna G. Johnson, age 71, of Hennis Care Center at Dover was joyfully reunited with her beloved husband early Saturday, July 3, 2021.

Born in Coos Bay, Oregon on December 23, 1949, Gwenna was a daughter of the late Raymond Frederick Middleton and Elsie Lorraine (Fox) Updegrove. She spoke fondly of spending her chi…

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Gwenna G. Johnson, age 71, of Hennis Care Center at Dover was joyfully reunited with her beloved husband early Saturday, July 3, 2021.

Born in Coos Bay, Oregon on December 23, 1949, Gwenna was a daughter of the late Raymond Frederick Middleton and Elsie Lorraine (Fox) Updegrove. She spoke fondly of spending her childhood summers on the misty Oregon Coast.

Gwenna attended Brigham Young University where she studied Home Economics. On September 25, 1970, Gwenna married David F. Johnson. Together, the couple raised six children and shared 30 years of marriage prior to his passing on July 4, 2001.

Gwenna had a deep faith and was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She enjoyed teaching, serving, and loving her fellow congregation members. Her favorite position in the church was Nursery Leader with her husband. In her free time, Gwenna enjoyed sewing Easter dresses, formals, and wedding dresses for her girls. She was also an expert canner – all her children have memories of taking turns cranking the Victorio Strainer. She loved to make beautiful, intricate cards to help celebrate her friends and family. She made many dear friends through the Card Club and Block of the Month Club.

Gwenna’s life was her family; she loved cheering them on. She will be deeply missed by her children, Lucy (Brad) Tobler of San Antonio, Texas, Darcie (Randy) Mangum of De Pere, Wisconsin, Angie (Gary) Mangum of Springville, Utah, Emily (Karl) Knudson of Dover, Ohio, Corby (Richard) Robins of South Jordan, Utah, and David (beloved daughter-in-law Katherine) Johnson of Uhrichsville, Ohio; her sister, Rayna (Tom) Simmons of West Valley City, Utah, 29 grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Gwenna was preceded in death by three sisters, Corby Utley, Terry Koffard, Joy Fenton; an infant brother, Curtis Max Middleton, and her step-father, John Updegrove.

The family will greet guests on Friday, July 9, 2021, from 4-7 PM in the Geib Funeral Center at Dover. A service led by Bishop Timothy McKnight will be held at 1:30 PM on Saturday, July 10, 2021, in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at New Philadelphia. Burial will follow in the New Cumberland Cemetery.

Gwenna’s family would like to extend a most sincere appreciation to her “Hennis Family” for all their love, care, and attention during the past three years.

In lieu of flowers, please perform an act of kindness in memory of Gwenna.


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Visitation Information

Date: Friday, July 9, 2021

Time: 4:00 pm

End Time: 7:00 pm

Geib Funeral Center at Dover


5600 N Wooster Avenue, Dover, OH, 44622

Service Information

Date: Saturday, July 10, 2021

Time: 1:30 pm

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - New Philadelphia


521 Stratton Ave SW
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663

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Cemetery Information

Date: Saturday, July 10, 2021

New Cumberland Cemetery


, New Cumberland, OH,

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Born: December 23, 1949
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Bill Soule posted on 7/9/21

My condolences to the extended Johnson family. I owe a lot to Dave and Gwenna. They befriended me when Dave and I were serving in the Army together and they introduced me to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Gwenna is one of the sweetest people I have ever known. We tried to keep in touch over the years after they moved to Ohio, and I would occasionally call, and when Gwenna would answer the phone, I would simply say, "Hey Gwenna, may I please use your garage?" She would laugh and say, "Sure Billy, come on over." I spent many a day in their garage in Anchorage working on my broken-down cars. The picture of the Salt Lake Temple Gwenna had hanging on her wall intrigued me and Dave and Gwenna were happy to explain its significance. Thanks to them, I have been a member of the Church since 1975 when Dave baptized me. I have been sealed to my wife in the temple and have sent four sons on missions to the four corners of the earth. Dave and Gwenna influenced not only my life, but countless others through my family. I am so thankful that God brought us together. Rest in peace Gwenna, until we meet again! Bill Soule, Anchorage


Jane Gerber posted on 7/9/21

I met Gwenna through our card making group several years ago. She was so kind and made me feel welcomed into the group. She had a wonderful artistic talent and was always willing to share her ideas. Sending my prayers and blessings to her family for peace and comfort.


Sheryl Weaver posted on 7/9/21

Gwenna was one of my youth leaders that touched my heart and I have always had a special connection with. My memories span from being in her home when vcr just came out and the wonderful joy of watching the Thriller video for youth activity night. To her stopping by in her husbands corvette to take me for a ride and then to let ME drive. Gwenna taught me so many things all through out my life. Two traits that she had that always touched my heart were her kindness and her pure joy for her love of family! I will always cherish my friendship with her! I will always remember those examples she set for me.


Brenda Peoples posted on 7/8/21

I am happy that Gwenna is where she longed to be for such a long time, with her dear David. Our kids were small when I met her at church one day. From that first moment, I knew she was the epitome of what I wanted to be, kind, caring, considerate and always lending a helping hand. She was the perfect Child of God in my heart and in my mind. She was always building me up, she had such confidence in every one she met. I have never wavered in my admiration of her. I have such fond memories of raising our children, sharing recipes and just talking. What an inspiration she will always be to me. She has left her heart print on each of her children, their spouses and her grand and great grandchildren. I will try to not be so sad, but instead, to think of the joy she has spread to all of us. Thank you, Gwenna, for being you, the most perfect human I have ever met.


Susan (Snyder) Rodehaver posted on 7/8/21

I remember Gwenna, or Mrs. Johnson as I called her, as the lovely mother of my dear friend Darcie who I was so happy to meet in junior high. I was always in awe of the peaceful, although also "busy bee" and loving environment in the Johnson household, and it was clear that Mrs. Johnson was the heart of this wonderful family and that she reveled in her family and in her faith. There always seemed to be a musical on the TV (I saw "The King and I" for the first time at the Johnson house), someone baking cookies, and Mrs. Johnson smiling as her hands were busy as she spoke quietly to one of the children. She was definitely the only mother I knew who played the harp or who could sew such lovely dresses for her daughters. I know that she was musical as well as very artistic and crafty, but raising her children so beautifully was surely the most important work of her life and it is so comforting to think that so many of her talents and strengths have been passed on to her children and grandchildren.


Michael Kofford posted on 7/7/21

All my love to the family. Aunt Gwenna will be missed. Family we be in my prayers. Love Michael


Jennifer (Stull) Harper posted on 7/7/21

A great seminary teacher whose teachings have stay with me. You will be missed.


Phyllis Markworth posted on 7/7/21

I feel blessed to have gotten to know Gwenna and to have shared fun times together at our card making group meetings and then afterwards going out together for a bite of dinner. I enjoyed stopping by her home one time and meeting her daughters. Gwenna certainly was a kind, loving, creative, and generous soul. Her memory will be a continued blessing. I will not be able to come to the funeral home. However, I will do a kindness in her memory, and I do extend my sincerest sympathy to her loving family.


Mazen Diab posted on 7/6/21

Easily one of the kindest, loving, and caring people I’ve met. It was a great honor and privilege to be able to know Gwenna. She will most definitely be missed.


Adam Jacobs posted on 7/5/21

Gwenna was the sweetest, most kind person I ever had the pleasure of knowing. May she Rest In Peace with Dave.


Karen Reneker posted on 7/5/21

Gwenna was the most beloved member of the church I've meet! She always made you feel welcome and loved. She will be greatly missed but we look forward to seeing her again in the kingdom of heaven. My condolences to the families and friends.