A Sacred Moment


Nancy Rhoden Johnson

June 15, 1945 - June 30, 2010

A bright and loving mother, wife, and friend

Nancy was a bright and loving mother, wife, and friend. She had a big heart and a giving nature that touched everyone she met. She knew both great sadness and joy, which gave her unbounded compassion. She supported numerous charities to help the defenseless and downtrodden.

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, her family moved to Henderson, Nevada; where she grew up, attended school, and started her own family. She moved soon thereafter to the beautiful Pacific Northwest, where she lived the rest of her life—except for two exciting years in Poznań, Poland toward the end of the Cold War.

She loved hiking, gardening, and flying kites. She was a passionate reader of both fiction and non-fiction. Her choices ranged from intrigue and mysteries to biographies and real-life adventures. She was a friend to all animals.

She was preceded in death by her twin sister Linda, her father Joe, and mother Bea. She is survived by her daughter Cynthia, son-in-law Jerry, step-son Kris, husband Ted, and life-long friends Moira and Wayne.


A private ceremony for immediate family is planned.


In lieu of flowers or cards, please give to a charity, visit a sick friend, or help a stranger. Following is a list of Nancy's favorite charities:.

Animals: ASPCA, Defenders of Wildlife, The Fund for Animals, Greenpeace. PAWS, Purrfect Pals, Stilly-Snohomish Task force, Woodland Park Zoo, World Wildlife Fund

Children: Northwest Center, Save the Children, Special Olympics, Toys for Tots, UNICEF

Disaster and Poverty: American Friends Service Committee. American Red Cross, Doctors without Borders, Lifelong AIDS Alliance, Planned Parenthood, Senior Services, Southern Poverty Law Center, Volunteers of America

Social Action: American Civil Liberties Union Amnesty International Environmental Defense Fund Habitat for Humanity Syracuse Cultural Workers

Veterans: Disabled American Veterans Paralyzed American Veterans


the owl and the pussycat

By Edward Lear

The Owl and the Pussycat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
"O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are, you are, you are,
What a beautiful Pussy you are."
Pussy said to the Owl "You elegant fowl,
How charmingly sweet you sing.
O let us be married, too long we have tarried;
But what shall we do for a ring?"
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
To the land where the Bong-tree grows,
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood
With a ring at the end of his nose, his nose, his nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.
"Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling your ring?"
Said the Piggy, "I will"
So they took it away, and were married next day
By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon.
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand.
They danced by the light of the moon, the moon, the moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.


By Alfred Tennyson

Sweet and low, sweet and low,
Wind of the western sea,
Low, low, breathe and blow,
Wind of the western sea!
Over the rolling waters go,
Come from the dying moon, and blow,
Blow him again to me;
While my little one, while my pretty one, sleeps.

Sleep and rest, sleep and rest,
Father will come to thee soon;
Rest, rest, on mother's breast,
Father will come to thee soon;
Father will come to his babe in the nest,
Silver sails all out of the west
Under the silver moon:
Sleep, my little one, sleep, my pretty one, sleep.

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