Malene Rose Johnson was born on April 24, 1976, and left this world peacefully in her sleep early Sunday, February 23, 2014. She leaves her parents Daryl and Becky Johnson, her two brothers Lars and Andreas Johnson, and grandmother Mabel Johnson. Malene also leaves numerous cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends.
Malene grew up on Whatmough Head, Lopez Island and was homeschooled until 9th grade when she entered Lopez High School, graduating in 1994.
Malene dedicated her life to helping others at an early age, volunteering as an EMT in high school. While attending Linfield College in McMinnville Oregon, Malene became a paramedic working with local Oregon community fire departments and EMS. After graduating from Linfield with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Malene worked for over a decade as an emergency room trauma nurse in Las Vegas Nevada, Oregon, California and most recently Anacortes, Washington.
Malene is remembered for her generosity and kindness toward all living things. She was an accomplished equestrian, gymnast, fisherwoman, snowboarder, ice skater and chef extraordinaire.
Her family is comforted by the fact that hundreds of families are with their loved ones today because of Malene’s excellent nursing skills and often heroic efforts in emergency situations.
Her beautiful, caring and passionate spirit will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
A memorial service is planned for 1:45 Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the Lopez Island Community Center. Everyone is welcome. Potluck dishes appreciated.