Lydia Jennie Johnson (“Jonesie”) of Crescent City died on December 28, 2011. Born on November 12, 1915, in Eureka, to Mary and Henry Grossi, she was 96.
In Eureka, Lydia was active in track and field, winning many ribbons and participating in the Junior Olympics. That energy continued with her throughout her life. In her 60s she could be found playing baseball with her grandsons. She worked as a cook and waitress at the Busy Bee restaurant in Eureka for a number of years before moving to Crescent City in 1949 with her family and now deceased husband, Orville Jones. In 1950, they bought a small grocery store, the “Stop n’ Shop,” located where Burger King is now, and ran the store until the early 1960s.
She was named Woman of the Year by BPW in 1961 for her many community activities including President of the Fire District Auxiliary, involvement with the Del Norte County Fair and her various roles with PTA, Boy Scouts and the Red Cross. She was also a member of the Rebekah Lodge and treasurer of the bowling association, as well as on the board for the Pastime Club, where she loved to dance.
She was always willing to give a helping hand to any and all. Known to all as “Jonesie,” after the store closed, she went to work at Glen’s Bakery and rumor has it when she retired they had to hire two girls to replace her. Following Orville’s death, she continued to work both at the bakery and in her well-loved garden.
In 1978, she married Robert Johnson, who finally convinced her to stop working and spend time traveling. Together she and Bob enjoyed trips, visiting family, gardening, canning and volunteering in the community. She was the membership chair for AARP for many years and volunteered at the Senior Center. Until a few years prior to her death, she could be counted on to deliver food to homebound seniors and to share the bounty of her gardening and canning skills.
Lydia is survived by her children, Charlene McAllister and partner Ron LeValley of Little River, Richard Jones and wife Pat of Santa Rosa and Chris Jones and wife Simmie of Brookings. She is also survived by her grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband, Bob Johnson in 1998; her brothers Henry and Glen Grossi; sister Diva Hammond; and her step-children Shirley Jones and Robert Jones.
At the request of the deceased, no memorial services are planned. To honor Lydia, the family suggests that you plant a tree, a bush or a flower or make a donation to the charity of your choice.
Her family would like to thank the staff at Addie Meedom house and the Sutter Home Health Team for the excellent care and loving compassion that was given to her during her final days.
— Submitted by Family