COLUMBIA CITY – Sandra “Sandy” E. Johnson, 83 years old, of Columbia City, Indiana, passed away on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 3:00 am at her home town.
She was born on June 27, 1938 in DeKalb County, Indiana, to Basil and Vera (Hills) Bickel.
Sandy grew up in Garrett, Indiana, attended local schools, and graduated from Garrett High School with the 1956 class.
Sandy married Duane Johnson on August 24, 1957 in Garrett, Indiana. They moved from Indiana to California before moving to Texas in 1965.
She attended the College of the Mainland in Texas City, Texas. Sandy earned her Certified Property Manager Certificate and worked in Houston until she retired.
In 2000, they moved to the Johnson family farm near Columbia City.
Sandy was a housewife, in addition to her work for the Bank of the Southwest, managed several bank-owned properties and helped set up a Unitarian Universalist Church in Clear Lake City, Texas.
Sandy loved music, quilting, gardening, stained glass and was also an artist.
Sandy attended Lake Chapel United Methodist Church in Allen County, Indiana, where she served as a pianist.
She was a member of the Master Gardeners of Whitley County and the Houston Horizon Chorus in Texas.
Survivors include her loving husband of 64, Duane Johnson of Columbia City; Daughters Denise (Mark) Gilliland from Columbia City, Kathie Johnson Daily from Lafayette, and Pam (Rev. Steve) Bahrt from north Manchester; Grandsons, Matt Daily, Erin Bahrt, Garrett Daily, Wesley Gilliland, Lindsey Bahrt, Weaver Gilliland, and Jason (Cassie) Bahrt; Great-grandchildren, Janelle, Matthias and Zara; and Sister Sheila Meyer of Clarksville, Indiana.
Her parents preceded her in death; and siblings, Barbara Brown, Marcia Shellenbarger, Basil Bickel, Bob Bickel, and Dick Bickel.
A memorial service for Sandy will be held on Friday, October 1, 2021 at the DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City, with memorial calls from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The funeral at a later date will take place in the Eel River Cemetery in Churubusco.
Memorial donations in memory of Sandy can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
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