Janell Robinson JOHNS
Janell Robinson JOHNS
  • January 1, 1936 - December 28, 2017
  • Solana Beach, California

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Janell Johns January 1, 1936 – December 28, 2017

A beloved wife, mother, and grandmother has passed peacefully after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s and cancer. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 am Saturday, January 6th, at the LDS Del Mar Stake Center, 12701 Torrey Bluff Drive, San Diego, California.

Born in Thatcher, Arizona, to Irwin and Louie Robinson, her greatest adventures and achievements in life came after she moved to Los Angeles in 1960 where she met and married her husband of 54 years, Gordon Johns. Gifted in crafts, sewing, and other handiworks, she used her creative talents for many projects, particularly in relation to raising a family, where Halloween costumes were a perennial favorite. As a devoted wife and mother, she focused much of her efforts on raising a family, imbuing in her sons, Robert, Russell, and Glenn, a strong sense of intellect, independence, and strong moral compass to guide each of them throughout their lives. Another facet of life in the Johns family was travel to many diverse destinations, which not only greatly enriched her and her husband’s life together, but also provided her children with invaluable life lessons about the diversity of humanity throughout the world.

A cornerstone of Janell’s life was her devout faith in the Mormon church, where she was exceptionally active. She served as president of the Women’s Relief Society, first for the Del Mar Ward and then for the Del Mar Stake. She also chronicled the development and construction of the San Diego LDS temple, taught seminary to the youth, led youth programs such as Cub Scouts and other activities, and shared her talents as a florist and choir director.

Janell’s compassion, kindness, enthusiasm, and joie de vivre pervaded every aspect of her life. She could always be counted on to chip in with a grin when anyone was in need, and she often led the way as a shining example for others to follow. Her bright outlook on life was plainly laid bare as she fought with Alzheimer’s disease for over 15 years. As the disease progressed, it stripped away all human capacity for artifice and guile, and yet what remained was true to her core – an iron will of strength of character and the most kind, selfless, compassionate, and truly happy woman at peace with her greatest accomplishments as a cherished wife and mother of three.

For all who were privileged to know Janell, she will be dearly missed, but oh so fondly remembered in our hearts and lives!