On Monday, January 7, 2022, Sarah Johnson, loving sister, friend, and mother to whoever needed one, passed away at the age of 72.
Sarah was born on January 16, 1950 at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, VA to Leonard and Barbara (Lindsay) Reintjes. Sarah was a natural born caregiver who started early in life with her 4 siblings. Legend has it that Sarah was kicked out of her Catholic nursing school for sneaking out to go dancing (or for refusing to dissect a rat, which she brought home as a pet for her younger brother Pete, but …we'll never know). This did not deter her from a life of service, and she continued working as a caregiver while she attended Memphis State. Sarah met the love of her life, Dallas Johnson, and after a brief courtship they married on October 14, 1973. They raised 3 children, Jeanie, Jeremy, and Rachel, including her other children that joined the family later, Nena and Monteil.
Sarah was truly a jack-of-all-trades. She was a teacher, printer, business owner, bookkeeper, manager, and nurse. She always said "fake it till you make it" and pursued anything she put her mind to. She never kept a grudge and would give you the shirt off her back and support and mentor you while you figured it all out. As dementia slowly took away memories and functions, Sarah always had faith in God, loved her siblings, and cared for people.
Sarah was preceded in death by her mother and father, her sister-in-law Cathy, and her husband Dallas. She is survived by her brothers, John, David, and Pete, sister Michele, children Jeanie (Tim), Jeremy (Meghan), Rachel (Joseph), and 8 grandchildren, and her dear nieces and nephews.
An intimate service was held on February 9, 2022 at Grace Lutheran Church in Boone, NC. A video of the service is available on YouTube www.youtube.com/c/GraceLutheranBooneNC. Sarah will be interned with her loving husband at the State Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville, NC.
Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Johnson family.