Obituary: Debra Johnson

January 26, 1955 – March 18, 2017

Debra Johnson

Debbie passed away March 18th, 2017 in Anchorage, following the death of her beloved son, Matthew.

Debbie was born January 26, 1955 in Cordova, and that was her home for her entire life.

Debbie had a great love for everything outdoors and spent much time there with her loved ones, enjoying the Copper River Delta and Prince William Sound.

She had life-long involvement in the fisheries of Alaska, first as the child and grandchild of pioneer Alaskans, then as a cannery worker, bookkeeper, ADF&G technician and later working on salmon and herring tenders as an observer, spotting herring and as a boat/business owner.

She was also enthusiastic about clam digging, smoking and canning salmon, berry picking, jelly making and gardening. She loved picnicking, camping and passing Robert Service poetry around the campfire.

Debbie was a member of Women of the Moose for many years and a big part of the Johnson family sponsored Nirvana Easter Egg Hunt for nearly 50 years.


More than anything, Debbie was about family. Her children were foremost in her thoughts and actions. Nothing pleased her more than seeing her kids happy and having fun. She had a special attachment to her son Matthew, whom she had stood alongside of in his 30-year battle against Cystic Fibrosis.

Debbie is survived by her soul-mate of 25 years, Gordon Jensen; daughters Windy Sea Johnson Jensen and Misty Johnson Roberts; sons Jeremy Johnson and Matt Gardner, stepson Patrick Jensen; daughter-in-law, Sara Johnson and sister Linda Johnson Ecolano; grandkids James, Kambrianna, Arabella, Gabriana, Brittany, Hayley and Lindsay.

She was preceded in death by her son Matthew Johnson-Beltz; father and mother Lavern and Patricia Johnson, her grandparents Walter and Betty Hodge and Everett and Alice Johnson, and many uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and cousins.

Debbie was a beautiful person with a huge heart who will be so greatly missed by those who knew her. It is with great sorrow we say goodbye, for now.

A Celebration of Life potluck for Debbie and her son Matthew is being planned for the 17th of May, 2017 at the Moose Lodge from 1-4 p.m.