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Vivian Louise Johnson



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First Baptist Church

2275 W. Main St.

Lowell, MI 49331

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.

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8 Responses

  1. Our sincere sympathies and prayers for all the family. What a dear, loving, noble, precious lady Vivian was. May her legacy continue to bless you in deep and profound ways as you live on the updrafts of her ceaseless prayers left behind.

  2. What a lovely, giving lady she was. I loved her heart for others, never thinking of herself.

  3. Bill & Mark,
    So sorry for your loss brothers! Your mom was a wonderful woman – always so nice to me… I love you guys and sorrow your loss. May God lighten your load and bring peace to your hearts and minds.

  4. Carol, so sorry for your loss and the ones she leaves behind! However, I
    can imagine how happy she is with the special reunion in the presence of Jesus, our Savior! I will be praying for all of you. You were so good to your Mom. Everything a daughter should be! Remember we will all meet again and have a joyful reunion! I love you, Ann

  5. So sorry to hear about mom’s passing. You know she longed for this day. Thankfully you know this separation is temporary. It is not a final goodbye, but in Christ: a see you later. You were her devoted cheerleader and caretaker. May God continue to fill you with His strength as you go through this season, and may His joy be greater than the pain of missing her here.

  6. She has a HOST of family and friends welcoming her, but first, her Savior. She was a blessing to all who knew her. My prayers for all of you – it is so hard when our mothers are no longer on this earth with us even as we rejoice that she is in heaven.

  7. Bill and Vivian were a gentle couple and we were impacted by their kindness when they lived in Ada and served faithfully at Thornwood Baptist Church.
    Vivian always had a smile on her face and was a great encourager. She was a blessing to many people during her life.
    It was a privilege to have known her and rejoice that she is now with her Savior!

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