Vivian Louise Johnson (née Bieri), 93, daughter of Lawrence Bieri and Olive Lee Bieri, traveled to her longed-for Heavenly Home on June 29, 2019. Vivian passed away in the cherished home she built with her husband, Bill, on the Flat River in Lowell, MI; she left this world in a perfect reflection of the quiet and peaceful way she lived her life. Vivian Louise lived a full and triumphant life. She was born in Lowell, MI and graduated from Lowell High School. She completed nursing training and worked as an RN for Blodgett Hospital. Following the Second World War, she married her high school sweetheart, Bill Johnson and soon began their family, having five precious children over the course of their marriage. They built their first home, lovingly christened “Knotty Pine,” in Lowell. After the tragic loss of their children Larry and Cindy, they relocated to Ada, MI on the Thornapple River and enjoyed many happy memories there. They eventually moved back to Lowell, settling on the Flat River. Vivian’s many grandchildren and great-grandchildren were a blessing to her in her later years.
Vivian was dedicated to honoring and preserving the legacy of her family; she painstakingly documented the events and stories of her ancestors using pictures, letters, and dictated accounts, lovingly sharing them with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She believed in the importance of leaving a legacy of faith, integrity, and intentional living; she left just that for her many loved ones. Her stories always directed others to the faithfulness of God throughout the journey of life.
Vivian was always learning and teaching. She enjoyed many hobbies and the thing she enjoyed most about each hobby was the opportunity to share it with others. Whether it was gardening, sewing, or photography, she used her talents and creativity to teach others and add to their lives. Her ability to create made small things like a pet costume contest or a church play into life events and cherished memories.
Ever humble and gentle, Vivian was a true force to be reckoned with, a truly exceptional woman whose kindness and strength of character touched the lives of so many around her. In her life, she experienced many blessings and many hardships, meeting both with steadfast faith and courage.
She leaves behind her loving children: Carol (Gary) Carpenter, Bill (Dolly) Johnson III, and Mark (Renée) Johnson; as well as her grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Teresa (Steve) Kiser, Christopher Carpenter, Bill (Emily) Johnson IV, Allie (Phil) Johnson-Giles, Abby (Matthew) Johnson-Bouwense, Andy (Emily) Johnson, Alicia Johnson, Bryce Johnson, Anna Johnson, Graham Johnson, Audra Johnson, Adrienne Johnson, Elijah Kiser, Eliana Kiser, Lenora Johnson, Hudson Johnson, and Will Johnson V. In the presence of her Savior, she is at long-last reunited with her husband Bill Johnson, Jr.; her children William Lawrence and Cinda Lucille; her siblings Merle, Vonnie, and Art; and her dear parents, Lawrence and Olive. A celebration of Vivian’s wonderful life will be held at First Baptist Church of Lowell (2275 W. Main, Lowell, MI 49331) on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 11:00am, with a luncheon immediately to follow. Contributions in her memory may be made to First Baptist Church of Lowell, MI.