Billie Jean Johnson

Jan 6, 2021
Johnson Billie Jean


Remembrance Gathering from 1:00 - 3:00 pm on Sunday, January 10, 2021 at Kearns Funeral Service     


Private family entombment at Garden of Memories Mausoleum at a later date     


May be directed to Cedar Valley Hospice     


Billie Jean Johnson, 85, of Waterloo, died Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at Willowwood at Western Communities in Cedar Falls.

She was born on November 8, 1935 in Potter, AR; the daughter of William and Esther (Howard) Miller. She moved to Iowa when she was four years old.

Billie graduated from Waterloo East High School in 1953.

She married Carroll Dean Johnson on July 7, 1957 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church; he died October 20, 2017.

Billie worked in patient accounts for Schoitz Memorial Hospital and Covenant Medical Center for 35 years. She later volunteered at Covenant Medical Center.

Billie was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary since 1958.  She was Past president of  the American Legion Waterloo Unit 138 and Cedar Falls Unit 237, 3rd District of Iowa, Cedar Chapter American Business Women’s Association, Covenant Medical Center Auxiliary and Chapter OF, P.E.O. She was a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church where she was a member of Priscilla Circle and the book club.

Survived by 4 daughters, Kelley (Wayne) Quirk of Ellensburg, WA, Lori Moore of Rochelle, IL, Stephanie (Greg) Reeves of Madison Lake, MN & Jill Johnson of Galesville, WI; 11 grandchildren,  Chloe (Clay) Solum, Anthony, Kaitlin & Carly Quirk, Erica Moore, Cole (Brittany) & Ethan (Taelor) Countryman, Austin & Courtney Reeves, Elliot & Aidan Henscheid; 8 great-grandchildren; 3 sisters, Ruth Oliver, Betty Peterson, & Mary (Dallas) Harken all of Waterloo; 2 brothers, Charles (Nancy) Miller of Wickenburg, AZ & Robert (Peggy) Miller of Cedar Rapids and sister-in-law, Mary Miller of Jesup.  

Preceded in death by her parents; husband, Carroll; granddaughter, Aubrey Grace Countryman and brother, Richard Miller.

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  1. The Rev. Michael Sherer | Jan 12, 2021
    During the four years I served as pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Washburn, Iowa, Billie Johnson and her beautiful family were among the finest church members I can ever remember having a congregation. They were solid folk and delightful people with whom to work and minister. Billie will be missed by her friends and family, as is her husband Dean, who pre-deceased her. Soli Deo Gloria.
  2. Sharon Rokes | Jan 11, 2021
    To Billie's Family you are in my thoughts and prayers!  I went to Redeemer with Billie and Dean, and they were always friendly and caring.  She was through so much when she was in the car accident and pulled thru and lived quite a few years afterwards.  I know she has joined Dean and is at peace now!
  3. David Casas | Jan 10, 2021
    Aunt Billie and Uncle Dean were always very generous with their time and their home.  I always felt welcomed in Billie's presence.  Thankfully her wonderful spirit lives on in her daughters.  Love you guys. 
  4. Jose and Leslie Calero | Jan 10, 2021

    We are sending prayers, love and comfort to all of my Aunt Billie family. We are thankful for all the wonderful memories we have of her. I know that she is now in God loving hands.

    "So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you"    John 16:22

  5. Jim & Roseann Cory | Jan 10, 2021
    You are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time.  Billy was a wonderful friend and she will be missed by all who knew her.
  6. Kathi Henn | Jan 09, 2021

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you girls and your families for the loss of your mom. Our mom Betty considered Billie one of her best friends and the friendship they and our dad's shared was special. Your mom was so generous with her time and attended several of our family's occasions and she will be missed.


    Teri (Thompson) Bachman

    Kathi (Thompson) Henn

  7. Kelly Standiford Moran | Jan 08, 2021

    I am so sorry for your loss. Billie was always so kind and pleasant every time I ran into her over the years.  I know the pain of losing a mother  & sibling) so my thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

  8. Janet Lees | Jan 08, 2021

    Sending sympathy to all the family, in the loss of mother, sister, and grandmother.  Billie was part of my second family growing up, even though we lived in Minnesota, we were still close to the Miller family as my parents were Aunt and Uncle.

    I don’t see my Miller Family often I feel close to them.  Billie always had kind words to say and I felt the love as you all have.


    Love, prayers and sympathy



  9. Leigh Yarger | Jan 08, 2021

    with great sadness of the news of your Mother , Sister I send my love and prayers to all of you.

     Hilly was a spark at our church , Redeemer, in Washburn and at my grief support group. She gave me strength to always move forward. Herself and Dean we do much in love . She would keep us updated on her daughters and all the fun trips and family gatherings . May she rest on the loving arms of Dean and Jesus now .

  10. Sandy Watson | Jan 08, 2021
    My sympathies for your loss. Enjoyed visiting with Billie at Church and enjoyed a few trips to the movie theater with her. Never made it over to the Western Home but thought of her often. Now she will join Dean 💖 Sandy (Graham) Watson 

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