Karen Ann Johnson

 Karen Ann Johnson, aged 81, residing in Longmont, Colorado passed away on Thursday, March 30, 2023, after a brief battle with cancer. 

Karen was born in Denver, Colorado on February 22, 1942, to Pauline Tripp and Keith McChesney. She was a long-distance telephone operator at Mountain Bell, attended Colorado State University, and then became a homemaker. At the age of 22, she married Edgar Johnson and went on to have three children. Her son Michael Johnson preceded her in death in 2003. She is survived by her daughters Darcie Kim and Melany Niemann and her grandchildren Molly McGuire and Jacob Niemann. 

Karen spent her life volunteering at her church, preparing and serving meals at the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, and creating beautiful quilts with the Interfaith Quilters of Longmont. She enjoyed gardening, knitting, crocheting, watching the Colorado Rockies, and spending the winter with her husband Ed in Morro Bay, California in their RV. 

Memorial services will be held at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Boulder on Saturday, April 8 at 6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless. Attendees can join virtually at

3 thoughts on “Karen Ann Johnson”

  1. Karen was a beautiful soul who’s life was focused on others. She cared deeply about her Family, Ed, Melanie and Darcy and her son Michael. She had a passion to help others and loved to quietly make things at church work and nobody notice who did the work. An amazing person, friend, and sister in the faith. May she rest in peace in the arms of our Savior.

  2. We met Ed and Karen when we moved to Gunbarrel Estates in 1972 or so, saw them often as neighbors and enjoyed visiting in church.
    I loved going for walks and talking with her, she was a dear and true friend to all.
    God’s blessing for her and her family.
    Bernice & Jerry Moon

  3. Ed – I well remember our visits to your home as a kid. My parents loved the two of you and appreciated your deep friendship and kindness. You will always be special to us.

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