Evelyn Dawn (Lindsay) Johnson
June 8, 1928 – March 14, 2022
Evelyn Dawn Lindsay Johnson, our loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away Monday, March 14, 2022 surrounded by her ten children in her home in Kaysville, Utah. This 5’ 2” spunky, determined, passionate and deeply loved woman, made a large and lasting footprint on this earth. Evelyn was born on June 8, 1928 in Heber City, Utah to Helen Meservy and Dawson Lindsay. Her father was a sheep herder along with his ten brothers and sisters. One of her favorite childhood memories was when all the cousins would climb into the wagon and ride up to the sheep camp to spend the day or when they would ride the milk cow to the barn at night.
Evelyn was in the 8th grade when her family moved to Salt Lake City. At 14 years of age, she met H. Arthur Johnson Jr. and they had a wonderful time courting with a group of lifelong friends. Evelyn and Art were married for time and eternity on March 19, 1947, in the Salt Lake Temple. After the birth of their first five children, Evelyn and Art moved to Kaysville in 1955, where they continued to multiply and replenish the earth with a total of eleven children, including their Navajo son. Evelyn relished the opportunity to raise a family in a farm-life setting, similar to her own upbringing. On the farm she taught her children the value of hard work. She taught them how to grow a garden, care for and raise animals, and milk cows, by always working right alongside them. In 1982, Evelyn was awarded Utah Mother of the Year by the Utah Women’s Association, which then led to the Johnson family being honored with the title of Utah Family of the Year.
Evelyn had a strong testimony of her Savior and the Lord’s Plan of Salvation, serving faithfully in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in a variety of callings throughout her life. She served as president of the Relief Society, Young Women’s, Primary, several Stake callings, Scouts, and loved any opportunity to work with the youth. Evelyn was an avid genealogist, working at the genealogical library and continuing to redeem the dead through indexing, of which she completed/verified 300,890 index records. Following retirement, Evelyn and Art were grateful for the opportunity to serve an 18-month Mission in Boudreaux, France, and later worked in the Ogden temple for several years. She repeated the 13 Articles of Faith every night before she said her evening prayer.
Evelyn and Art spent their summer vacations in Idaho enjoying their A-Frame cabin on the Palisades Reservoir where Art would fish, and Evelyn would gather driftwood and rocks with her children. They loved camping with their family, friends, and traveling across the United States to visit national parks and historic sites. Family Reunions were the highlight of the year! A yearly theme was submitted with activities, costumes, and food revolving around the theme. The event took place over several days, often times at the Johnson residence. Family looked forward to the opportunity to bond, love, and laugh together.
Evelyn always loved quilting, including wedding quilts for all her children and grandchildren, as well as “I spy” quilts for her great-grandchildren. Never one to be idle, Evelyn was continuously working on a variety of projects completing nearly 100 rugs and crocheted doilies as gifts for family and friends. Evelyn was always physically active with daily walks, caring for her roses, planting her garden, mowing her lawn with her John Deere mower, raising her flower beds, water skiing, hiking, teaching swimming lessons, and playing night games with her family. In her later years, she looked forward to her daily walk in the park with her long-time friend, Diane Webster.
Evelyn’s family would like to thank Kristy Sage and the Intermountain Healthcare Hospice team for their loving care and support.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents, her sweetheart H. Arthur Johnson, sister Joyce Jensen, brothers David Lindsay and Lynn Lindsay, and son-in-law Neal Hart.
She is survived by her children Dawn M. (Jesse) Steele, David A. (Kathy) Johnson, Robert H. (Willa) Johnson, Patricia J. (Michael) Lawrence, Susan J. (Michael) Anderson, Karen J. Hart, Jamie J. (Denny Melancon) Weeks, James L. (Cathy) Johnson, Catherine E. (Douglas) Podkin, Christina J. (Julio) Castro and Lester Billy, along with 52 grandchildren and 154 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 26, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Kaysville West Stake Center, 1035 S. Angel St., Kaysville, Utah. Friends may visit with family Friday, March 25, 2022 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Lindquist’s Layton Mortuary, 1867 No. Fairfield Rd., Layton, Utah and Saturday from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. at the church.
Services will be live streamed and may be viewed at www.lindquistmortuary.com by scrolling to the bottom of Evelyn’s obituary page.
Interment, Kaysville City Cemetery.