She graduated from the University of Michigan in 1944 with a language degree. She passed up an opportunity as an interpreter with the United Nations to join the Navy, where she taught flight instrumentation to Navy pilots during WW II. After WWII she met and married Thomas R. Johnson (TJ). While living in the Midwest she taught high school foreign language where she was well loved and respected by her students. In Raton she taught at St. Patrick’s Catholic School and worked in Personnel at MCMC Long Term. She and TJ were also entrepreneurs, owning and operating a small hobby shop and then purchasing and renovating Raton’s El Portal Hotel which they owned until 1997.
Visitation at Yaksich-Long Funeral Home Sunday, August 20, 2017, 6pm to 8pm. Funeral Services will be on Monday, August 21, 2017 at St. Patrick’s St. Joseph’s- Catholic Church in Raton, NM. Rosary, recited by Mike Vigil of the Knights of Columbus, at 10:00am, with Funeral Mass celebrated by Father John Trambley to follow. Following internment at Mt. Calvary Cemetery there will be a reception at the Church hall.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to the St. Vincent De Paul Charities at http://stpatrickstjoseph.weconnect.com/St–Vincent-de-Paul-Charities; and/or the Knights of Columbus c/o Grand Knight Richard Maddaleni, 1209 Nelson Rd., Raton, NM 8. If any further information is needed please contact Shawn Johnson at (575) 447-9140.
Arrangements and celebration of love for Sarah Ann Johnson are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.