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Death: Ann V. Johnson

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A beautiful, energetic and loved lady, Ann (Ana) Elizabeth Volcic Johnson, age 88, passed away in Provo, Utah on Thursday, November 20, 1997 attended by her two children.

Ann was born in Wilburton, Oklahoma on July 24, 1909 to Jacob Volcic and Theresa Rose Vrtacnik. The family moved to Point of Rocks and later Rock Springs, Wyoming in 1919 where Jacob worked in area coal mines. Ann was a 1929 graduate of Rock Springs High School and as a teenager supported herself by working as a nanny. She gained educational skills in book keeping at Barnes Commercial School in Denver, which became a key to her later success as a business woman.She met her husband, LeRoy Johnson, at a dance in Rock Springs and they were married on May 23, 1932 in Manila, Utah. She later joined LeRoy as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and was sealed in the Logan Temple. The couple settled in Rock Springs where LeRoy worked at many jobs during the depression, most notably as truck driver for Desert Oil Co. Offered a business opportunity in 1943, they moved to Rawlins, Wyoming and began a life-long operation as a branded distributor for Chevron. The enterprise included a motel which she managed for many years, and she was a fully functioning partner with her husband in the distributorship, including truck driving during the war years, until his untimely death in 1956. For fifteen years thereafter, she not only continued the business, but made it prosper and grow significantly. She retired from active management in 1971, but kept involved in various business affairs in Rawlins for well over two decades more, dividing her time between her homes in Rawlins and Provo. She was well respected in Rawlins for her forceful and energetic approach to business, family life and community affairs. She made many friends with whom she enjoyed life-long loyalty and support.

Ann took pride in being able to outwork anyone. Although barely five feet tall, she was an intimidating presence when crossed, to which any service station operator who didn't tend to business could attest. She had a quick mind and, if the occasion dictated, a quicker tongue. Ann set an example for the value of hard work, long hours, attention to detail, and thrift. Her person, and the property she owned, were immaculate, groomed and in order. The word "procrastination" was not in her vocabulary, but the word "intensity" certainly was.

Ann loved to dance, and until infirmity of age prevailed, there wasn't a ballroom or square dance she couldn't find and enjoy. Dance partners were plentiful because she was a very talented dancer. She also enjoyed crocheting and other needlework. Every grandchild received a Mother Ann afghan, made in love and attention to detail. Although she made many trips between Provo and Rawlins, she still loved to travel, visiting many parts of the United States, Mexico, China, and many countries in Europe and South America. If someone proposed a trip, she was game to go.

Ann took great pleasure in her son and daughter and in their respective families. She is survived by her son, Kendall (Amayda) of Genesee, Idaho and daughter Elaine Bergeson (Scott) of Provo, Utah. She enjoyed close relations with ten grandchildren, Valner Johnson (Dawn), Tana Esplin (J. Lynn), Kelly Hansen (Brent), Eric Bergeson (Chandra), Todd Bergeson (Heidi), Paula Young (Rod), Jill Barkdull (Thad), Amy Ward (Michael) and Sean Bergeson, now serving an LDS mission. Fourteen great-grandchildren had graced her life by the time of her death. She is also survived by a brother, Albert Volsic of Rock Springs, and was preceded in death by brothers, Antone, Frank and Jack.

Funeral services will be held at the Berg Mortuary, 185 E. Center St. in Provo on Tuesday, November 25, 1997 at 11 a.m. Viewing will be from 6-8 p.m. on Monday evening and for an hour prior to the service on Tuesday. Interment will be in the Richmond, Utah cemetery in the family plot next to her husband on Wednesday, November 26, at 1 p.m.

Those wishing to pay respects may choose to make a donation in Ann's honor to a charity of their choice.

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