Family, Friends Mourn Lisa Marie Johnson

Lisa Marie Johnson, the South Kitsap mother of three whose “dream” wedding was covered in February in the Kitsap Sun, died Wednesday at Hospice of Kitsap County in Silverdale Bremerton. She was 42.

Lisa Johnson & Family
Lisa Johnson & Family

Lisa was diagnosed in February, 2007 with stage four breast cancer. Despite aggressive treatment, malignant cells continued to spread to other organs in her body, and her prognosis was poor.
A year ago, friends, family and co-workers from the Port Orchard Fred Meyer — with the help of the nonprofit Making Memories — banded together to grant Lisa a fervent wish. When she and husband Steve were married, March 18, 1989, they had a low-key, low-budget ceremony.
The Johnsons as Newlyweds
The Johnsons as Newlyweds

On Valentine’s Day, 2009, the couple renewed their vows with the “dream” wedding they’d always wanted. Daughters Amanda, 20, Kayla, 19, and Judy, 16 were bridesmaids.
Lisa & Steve
Lisa & Steve

Lisa wore a designer gown donated by Brides Against Breast Cancer — the fundraising arm of Making Memories. The organization helped local volunteers find florists, photographers and others in the wedding industry willing to provide their services free or at a deep discount.
A Beautiful Bride
A Beautiful Bride

Also stepping up to the plate were members of First Christian Church in Port Orchard, who rearranged their schedule to accommodate the ceremony, offered the hall at no charge and corralled a cadre of cooks to provide the wedding feast gratis.
Before the ceremony, Steve said, “I’m excited to see how beautiful she’s going to look. It’s all about her. All the attention’s going to be on her, and it’s going to make me feel 10 feet tall.”
The couple had a honeymoon in Port Townsend.
Lisa continued to receive treatment and even went back to work briefly. But her condition continued to worsen.
On Dec. 11, those same friends and family who helped Lisa celebrate her marriage organized a fundraiser to help the Johnsons cover costs associated with her illness, including anticipated funeral expenses. The event raised nearly $3,000.
According to Lisa’s mother, Sharon Ewing of Bremerton, Lisa was involved in planning for arrangements, which will be handled by Tuell-McKee Funeral Home of Bremerton.
Donations are still being accepted for the Lisa M. Johnson Fund at any Kitsap Bank branch.

One thought on “Family, Friends Mourn Lisa Marie Johnson

  1. Lisa you are always in our hearts. What a free spirit, I am so glad I know you all these years. It has been sometime since I saw you but your family has always been in my prayers.
    ~Dance with Jesus,
    Corinna (Chrissy Nunn’s long time friend)

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