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 Gresham, Ore. - Burnell Y. Johnson, 72, formerly of Thief River Falls, died at her home in Gresham, Ore., on Monday, September 5, 2005
 Funeral services for were held on Friday, September 9, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Gresham, Ore. Committal service was held at Gresham Pioneer Cemetery in Gresham.
 Burnell Y. Johnson was born on May 1, 1933, in Thief River Falls,  the daughter of Knute and Constance Knutson. Burnell grew up in Thief River Falls and graduated from Lincoln High School. As a young woman, Burnell was traveling by train from Des Moines Iowa, when she met Connie Johnson who was in the Air Force.
 As time passed, they were married on August 26, 1955, in Thief River Falls. After their marriage, they lived in Yuma, Az. until Connie was honorably discharged.
 In 1956, they moved to Ames, Iowa, and later to Harlan, Iowa, where Burnell cared for home and family and worked part-time. She also cared for children of friends in the area. In 1962, they moved to John Day, Oregon. While in John Day, Burnell cared for home and family and was active in the Lutheran Church and community service clubs.
 They later to moved to Springfield, Oregon, where she worked for a food processing company and continued to take an active role with her church, schools, P.T.A. and the community. In 1972 they settled in Gresham. Burnell soon went to work for J.C. Penny in Gresham in retail sales. After the store closed, she went to work for “Gordon Stones” and then returned to J.C. Penny Catalog store in the Oregon Trail Shopping Center until 1998 when she retired. Burnell was a member of the Gresham Historical Society, Trinity Lutheran Church, and the Lydia Circle.
 Burnell enjoyed traveling in their R.V., flower gardening, cooking, reading, grandchildren and shopping. Burnell was preceded in death by her sister, Mavis G. Hillyer of Thief River Falls in 2000.
 Burnell is survived by her husband, Connie F. Johnson of Gresham, Ore.; Two Daughters: Shari Needham of Gresham, Ore.  Jo Johnson of Gresham, Ore.; two sons, Greg Johnson of South Bend, Wash., and David Johnson of Salem, Ore. She is also survived by ten grandchildren and four great grandchildren. A00003B2005SP14