Genevieve Holyoak Johnson, age 85, wore out her life in the service of her fellow men. She passed away peacefully on Nov. 2, 2011 in her home in Moab, Utah, surrounded by her family.
Genevieve was born on July 12, 1926 in Moab, Grand County, the oldest of three children born to Albert Daniel and Etholyn Silver Dunn Holyoak. She grew up in Moab and attended school here (all but the eighth grade, from which she graduated in Alamosa, Colo.).
Due to a shortage of nurses during World War II and following her graduation from Grand County High School in 1945, she trained as a nurse at Allen Memorial Hospital, where she administered anesthesia during many surgical procedures. She married the love of her life, Loren Hills Johnson, for time and all eternity in the Manti LDS Temple on April 9, 1953. To this union were born eight children.
She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and spent much of her time serving in it. She served two LDS missions with her husband Loren, including an 18-month proselytizing mission in the South Dakota, Rapid City Mission in 1981-82 and a temple mission from 1998-2000 in the Monticello LDS Temple in Monticello, Utah. She served twice as a Relief Society President and in various other callings within the Relief Society organization; but perhaps, her favorite callings involved working with the children in the Primary organization. She also served as a Visiting Teacher until the time of her death. She took solace in the scriptures, many of which she knew by heart. She had a deep and abiding love of the Savior, Jesus Christ, and was always looking for opportunities to share His teachings with those with whom she came in contact.
Genevieve dressed and lived simply and sacrificed all she had for the Savior, her family, friends and neighbors. Her wealth was not in earthly possessions but in the posterity she left behind and the many friends who were the recipients of her selfless service. As a gentle and kind-hearted soul, she was truly a champion of the underdog. Her needs were always last on her list of priorities, while her wants most often involved filling someone else’s needs.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Dan Holyoak, of Moab, Utah.
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Loren Johnson, of Moab, Utah; children, Gemie (Jerry) Martin, Newhall, Calif., Loren “Bud” (Nancy) Johnson Jr., Moab, Utah, Marlene (Philip) Haslam, Enoch, Utah, George (Tamala) Johnson, Dixon, Tenn., Mark (Brenda) Johnson, Spanish Fork, Utah, Julie (Kelly) Green, Moab, Utah, April Walker, Moab, Utah, and Marvelee Brewer, Moab, Utah; sister, Sara Ann Cundall, Moab, Utah; 33 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren (four more on the way); and many extended family members.
A funeral service was held on Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Moab, Utah LDS Stake Center on Locust Lane. Interment followed at the Grand Valley Cemetery in Moab, Utah.