Virginia Mary (Lee) Johnson

Sep 13, 2012 Staff

Virginia Mary (Lee) Johnson, of Lander, died Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, at her home. She was 91 years old.

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Lander with the Rev. Ray Price officiating. Burial will take place at a later date.

Virginia Mary Lee was born Nov. 23, 1920, to Lewis Warren Lee and Margaret Elizabeth (Brunskill) Lee.

She was raised on a ranch near Ethete where Wyoming Indian High School now stands. She attended grade school in a one room school near Ethete, and then attended Fremont Vocational High School in Lander.

During her high school years, she worked at J.C. Penney and Noble Drug. After high school, she attended secretarial school in Berkley, Calif., and while there, she met Van Johnson. They married in 1942 in Reno, Nev.

After moving back to Lander after World War II, she and Mr. Johnson began raising their family. She worked as a bookkeeper for several of her husband's enterprises. She had owned Cal Lee motors with her brother Lew for several years, worked in the Fremont County Treasurer's office and at Southside Elementary School before retiring in 1975.

She had been active in Masonic organizations including Job's Daughters, Beuceant and Daughters of the Nile. She played Bridge for many years and called all of her "Bridgemates" friends, especially her close friend, Jean Brooks.

Mrs. Johnson was a breast cancer survivor and volunteered in the Reach For Recovery Program for several years.

She is survived by her children, Van Johnson Jr. and his wife Carol, John Johnson and his wife Debby and Midge St. John and her husband Benyon; daughter-in-law Linda Johnson; adopted sister Delores Booth and her husband Bob; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Van; parents Lewis and Margaret; brother Lewis Lee; and one son Robert (Bob). Services are under the direction of the Hudson's Funeral Home of Lander. An online guest book is available at

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