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© The Bakersfield Californian
Saturday, 16 September 2006
Submitted by: Sandi Carter

Eva Luerene (Tallon) Johnson

June 16, 1919 ~ Sept. 13, 2006

Visitation for Eva Luerene Johnson will be held at Basham Funeral Care (3312 Niles Street) on Sunday, September 17, 2006 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Graveside services will be held at Arvin Cemetery on Monday morning, September 18, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. Grandson Steven Downs of RiverLakes Community Church will officiate.

Eva will be interred next to her husband, John, where both wait for His blessed return.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Nick Silva, Mike Silva, Robbie Heerd, Mark Heerd, Kevin Harmon, Philip McLaughlin, Mark Huckaby and Gary Moors.

Eva went home to be with her Lord on September 13, 2006.

She is preceded in death by the love of her life, her husband, John Alva Johnson in 1989; her mother, Annie Tallon; her father, Clarence Edward Tallon; her brothers, Isaac Tallon, Dean Tallon and George Tallon and her sister, Lois Pumphrey.

She is survived by her daughters, Betty Harmon Westerfeld and husband Bill, Norma Silva and husband Frank and Patricia Heerd and husband Fred; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

Eva was born in Haileyville, Oklahoma on June 16, 1919.

She married John A. Johnson on February 21, 1936.

Dad owned a small dairy farm, but the "Dust Bowl" days took their toll on the little dairy and the migration brought them to Arvin, California on July 15, 1937 to search for work. They settled in Arvin and raised their three daughters there. They eventually moved to Tehachapi, CA and then on to Redding, CA in their retirement years.

Their generation was determined, hard working, honest, loyal and generous to others. There were no handouts, welfare offices or food stamps. They took whatever jobs were available and they did it with pride.

Because of hard work and dedication, they were successful in keeping their families fed and sheltered. They advanced to better jobs and a better life, and Eva's proudest achievement was becoming a Nurses Aide at Tehachapi Hospital. Eva's whole life revolved around her love for her husband, her three girls and her younger sister and brothers whom she raised. Mom was truly loved by all her family and we have the assurance that one day we will see her again.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the wonderful, caring people at Emmanuel Parkview for the long term care of our mother.

The family would also like to say a heartfelt "thank you" to Hoffmann Hospice staff members for their loving help in the last days of Mom's illness.

For additional service or floral delivery information, please contact Basham Funeral Care at 873-8200

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