Christine Lee Johnson, age 69, died Wednesday morning, February 24, 2021 at Mount Carmel East Medical Center.
She was born on June 2, 1951 in Columbus to James H. and Sylvia Adkison Johnson. She is preceded in death by her parents; grandparents, Sherburn and Margaret Johnson, and Jesse Lee and Beatrice “Mimi” Adkison; aunts Vera Redmond and Patricia Murphy; and brother-in-law George Peponis.
She is survived by her much-loved younger sisters and brothers, Jenifer Peponis; Mindy (Randy) Rausch; James (Angela) Johnson, and Scott (Pam Harrison) Johnson; the loves of her life, her eight nephews and one niece, Tom (Margaret) Peponis, George (Kari) Peponis, Peter Peponis, Dustin (Brittany) Rausch, Eric (Kathy) Johnson, Bradley (Dorothy) Johnson, Joshua Johnson, Caleb Drennon, and Ashley Sowell, and her ten great nephews and nieces, Tom and Baker Peponis, Norah and Logan Rausch, Natalee, Aaliyah, Jayden, Louis, and James and Cameron Johnson.
Christine delighted in life. Childhood in Berwick was fun with the busy hubbub of siblings Jenny, Mindy, Jamie, and Scott, lots of love from Sylvia and Jim and wonderful grandparents, Sherb, Margaret, and Mimi, many beloved dogs and cats, fun neighbors, Johnson’s Shoe Store, and special holiday celebrations. She always faced each day with a smile and love of life.
Christine loved annual family summer vacations at Lake Hope, sailing the Sunfish solo, swimming, and the utter chaos of seven in a cabin! She traveled with her sister Jenny to Tucson and Phoenix to visit dear friends Beth, Susie, and Julie Eyerman, as well as her beloved Leslye Bastion. She loved to travel and had amazing adventures in Las Vegas, Sedona, Annapolis, Niagara Falls, Dollywood, and Hershey, PA.
She looked forward to weekends with her sister Mindy and her “Turkey” brother-in-law Randy. She had fun going for walks, riding her bike, visiting the Ohio State Fair, and going to garage sales. She loved making new friends wherever she went, including her dear friend Pam Harrison.
Christine graduated from the Third Street School in German Village in 1969. She was a newspaper carrier for the Columbus Citizen-Journal and the Columbus Dispatch for many years in Berwick, participated in the Special Olympics, and volunteered over 900 hours of service at Grant Medical Center. She could get anywhere in Columbus by COTA bus, independently visiting different libraries and events.
When her nephews were born (six in six years, starting in 1982), she was at her happiest place, surrounded by babies! They all lived within ten miles and her babysitting services were in high demand.
Christine moved out on her own in 1995. She lived independently under the Franklin County MRDD umbrella. Thank you to Janet Wilber for always having her back with support and kindness. I Am Boundless provided many loving staff to check in on her and guide her. She grew to love Barb O’Brian and Marie Odums.
Christine was a blessing to her sisters during the three-year period they cared for their mother in their childhood home. She was cheerful, compassionate, and funny, always reminding us that we were lucky to be in this together.
Christine gave everyone she knew the gift of her endless and unconditional love and devotion, and sometimes a bit of her stubborn streak. She was part of the fabric of many, many lives and brought out the best in every one she knew. Her smile and kind words brought light to the world even in dark times. She was a force of life and a gift and will be so missed. We celebrate her joy, kindness and deep love, knowing she will always be in our hearts.
A private graveside service will be held at Green Lawn Cemetery, 1000 Greenlawn Avenue. May you be like Christine and keep her goodness alive by being kind to others, doing good deeds, sharing a laugh or a smile, calling a friend to say you care, and telling your family you love them.
A private graveside service will be held at Green Lawn Cemetery, 1000 Greenlawn Avenue.
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