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May 5, 1924 October 5, 2018
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Jeanne May Johanson

Long time Arroyo Grande resident Jeanne Johanson, 94, passed peacefully to rest on October 6, 2018 with the loving support of family, friends, La Serena residence staff and Hospice. She was the third child born to Lydia May and Frank Erwin Bass Sr on May 5, 1924 in Sherman (later Sherman Oaks) California. Raised by her mother and stepfather Charles “Dunc” Duncan, the family moved up and down the West Coast as Dunc worked on many bridges and dams. Frequent moving allowed Jeanne to move ahead two half grades as she tested well and loved math. She was a young tomboy who loved to roller skate, play baseball with the boys, and decided early that she preferred to be called Jeanne instead of her birth name Jeanie. Jeanne was an excellent seamstress and crocheted many gifts. She loved to sing and dance and won a talent contest singing “Sweet Leilani.” Jeanne married a serviceman during WWII and gave birth to Janis Lee Carter, whom she raised alone in San Francisco before marrying Edward Wilhelm Johanson in 1950. They then settled in Arroyo Grande and had a son Charles Edward and a daughter Suzanne Marie. Ed built and operated the first drive in restaurant in Arroyo Grande next to the theater, Johanson’s Whirlawhip, and Jeanne assisted while being a homemaker. Jeanne was a bookkeeper for Pismo-Oceano Vegetable Exchange, did the accounts when Ed became a Formost milk distributer, and finally managed the books for Tognazini ranches and his Coast Counties Warehouse. Jeanne was a Beauty Counselor and an Arroyo Grande Hospital volunteer. She enjoyed many years bowling in the Pismo Wednesday Womens League, proudly earning a 200 score. Jeanne was also a member of the Business and Professional Womens Association and then the Toastmistress Club. Jeanne visited her mother every Saturday and then cared for her for 10 years. Jeanne and her sister Martha took yearly summer trips to Tahoe and abroad and thoroughly enjoyed each other. She began attending exercise class at Grover City community center in 1985 and eventually led classes. When Ed passed away in 1995, Jeanne became a member of the local Widowed Persons Association and made many more dear friends and had a great time with varied activities. Jeanne, our Mom, Gramie, and Great Gramie was a comfort to all those who loved her. She is survived by her daughters; Jan Carter, Suzy and her husband Blaine Gilruth, Grandchildren; Pamela Hogue, Kristine O’Connor, Daniel Gilruth, Ameliabeth Gilruth, Great Grandchildren: Kayla Hogue, Hannah Dugan, Jaren Hogue, Kosta Poulgouras, Ezekiel Gilruth, and Alexandria Gilruth. A celebration of Jeanne’s life will be held at Lady Family Mortuary Chapel on Saturday October 13 at 11am. Jeanne would appreciate you celebrating her memory by making a donation to the charity of your choice, in telling those you love that you do and spend time with them, or do something kind for someone in need.

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