December 05,1945 - October 16,2020
Obituary for Sylvia Rose-Johnson
May you be dancing with the Angels in the Highlands of Scotland.
Sylvia Claire Rose-Johnson, daughter of Arthur Norman Rose and Emily Jane Rose (Wemple) was born in Libby, Montana on December 5, 1945. She passed away on October 16, 2020. Sylvia was the beloved wife of John Sanford Johnson; mother of Jason Sanford Alexander Johnson, Emily Rose Barnett (Travis), and Amber Rose Johnson; grandmother of Kathryn Rose Barnett. She is survived by her sister, Peggy Brothers.
Sylvia loved nature, travel, and people. She became a self-taught jeweler after inheriting her grandfather’s jewelry making tools teaching gold and silversmithing at Pierce College, Tacoma, Washington. She loved teaching and was an inspiration to many. She also founded her own business, The Silver Rose, which she used to give back to the world. Her business worked with non-profit groups like the AT&T Pioneers and Hospital Volunteers in Washington and Oregon to raise funds for their community projects. Over the years, Sylvia raised more than $30,000 for charities in the Northwest.
Sylvia spent her life as a remarkable and extraordinary woman. After growing up in Montana where she spent many happy hours in the creeks and woods, she lived in Chicago (working as a copy editor), and San Francisco (drinking black coffee and eating fresh sourdough bread) before starting her life in Washington. She met the love of her life, John, while working at Puget Sound Bank on some of the first computer systems. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on February 21st, 2020.
Sylvia had an amazing energy and zest for life. She loved to travel and visited many countries in Europe, as well as India and Hong Kong. She was a great lover of music (from opera to Adele) and art (Georgia O’Keefe was one of her favorites). Her love of animals included frogs and all furry black and white creatures but especially Wags, Weggie, and Valentine. Never afraid of a challenge, she faced life head on with purpose and determination bringing inspiration, joy, and laughter to all who surrounded her. She will be missed very much.
“Infinite Sprit open the way for Sylvia. She is an irresistible magnet for all that belongs to her by divine right.” Florence Scovel Shinn
“And what is it to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?” Kahlil Gibran
“Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another.” Albert Einstein
Memorial donations in memory of Sylvia may be made to the American Stoke Foundation https://americanstroke.org, The Nature Conservancy https://www.nature.org/en-us/, or Mary’s Place https://www.marysplaceseattle.org
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