March 31, 1924 –– Feb. 8, 2018
Evamae Johnson died at the Wallowa Memorial Hospital of pneumonia. She was 93.
Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17. Evamae will be interred in the Maxwell family plot at Wallowa cemetery.
Evamae was born to Oscar and Mabel (Tulley) Maxwell. She was a mother and homemaker. Evamae is survived by two sons; Walter Roy Johnson of Coos Bay, Ore.,, and Wallace Jack Johnson and his wife, Phyllis (Hofer) of Joseph. She is also survived by six grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and by six nieces and nephews.
Evamae was preceded in death by infant daughter Carolyn in 1945, eldest son Wesley William Johnson in 2006 and husband Willard Johnson in 2013. She had three sisters, all deceased: Sevilla Lozier, Winifred (Bartmass, Wart) John, and Phyllis (Hassler) DeGrande.
Evamae was proud of being the descendant (great-granddaughter) of Levi Tulley, who in 1880 with his brothers Raz and Jim, trailed 300 head of cattle from Union County over Smith Mountain to graze on the abundant grass in the Wallowa valley.
Evamae was the youngest of four daughters. She was raised on their ranch in Middle Valley near the Lostine River. She began her schooling at the one-room Liberty School. She went to primary and high school in Wallowa, where she played violin in the school orchestra. She left school to marry Willard Johnson in August 1941.
Evamae was a member of the Wallowa Methodist Church for many years. She then joined the congregation at the Christian Church where she sang alto in the church choir and assisted with Vacation Bible School.
She spent about 30 years in the home that Willard remodeled on Dougherty Loop in the lower valley. She had a hip joint replacement surgery at the age of 81, after which she moved to an assisted-care home in Lostine, until it closed and she then moved to a care-home on the Hurricane Creek Highway out of Enterprise.
Evamae most recently resided at the Wallowa Valley Senior Living Center where she enjoyed many friends.