Larkin Mortuary

Bonnie Jean Borg Johnson

06/23/1951 - 09/29/2017

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Bonnie Jean Borg Johnson passed away in the early morning hours of Friday September 29th, 2017, peacefully at home with her loving husband by her side, after a tremendous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Bonnie was born on a beautiful summer day, June 23, 1951 to Kenneth P. and Annette Newman Borg (later divorced). She grew up in Salt Lake, attending Dilworth Elementary, Hillside Jr. High, and Highland High School. She graduated from the University of Utah with a B.S. in Family and Consumer Studies. Bonnie married her eternal companion, Stephen Ray Johnson, in the Salt Lake Temple on March 23, 1976. Together they raised a beautiful family of three children, Elizabeth Jean, Emily Ann, and Daniel Stephen. She was also blessed when Kelsie Haymond married Danny and joined their family. Bonnie was delighted at the birth of their daughter, Adela Jane, her first grandchild, and was eagerly anticipating the arrival of her baby sister.

Her family was her joy! Bonnie loved her brother and sisters, their spouses, and many nieces and nephews. She developed and kept many lifelong friendships, some for over 60 years. Bonnie cherished those friendships and is grateful to her friends, family, and ward for their love and support.

Bonnie was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in every auxiliary presidency and loved all her callings, but Primary was her favorite. She loved her primary children! Bonnie marveled at the beauties of our Saviors’ creations, was a Master Gardner, and enjoyed vacationing with her family in Montana, Hawaii, and Disneyland. She was an avid Runnin’ Utes Basketball fan and had season tickets for 38 years. Prior to having children, Bonnie worked at Beneficial Life and the Pizza Oven (Best Pizza Ever!). After her children were in school, she worked part-time at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Bonnie also enjoyed many years of crafting and cross-stitch, having worked at both the Lace Place and Rainbow Crafts. After her retirement, she worked many hours in her gardens, creating a beautiful landscape around her home for many to enjoy.  Her lovely gardens were a labor of love, teaching many life lessons and providing many beautiful flowers and delicious vegetables.

Survived by her beloved husband, Steve; dear children: Elizabeth Johnson, Emily Johnson, Daniel (Kelsie) Johnson; Grandchildren: Adela Johnson, Baby J (due March 2018); Siblings: Ken (JoAnn) Borg, Sue (Jim) Archuletta, Kathy (Jerry) Huish, Wendy (Bob) Lewis, Shannon (Mike) Wikstrom; and many loving nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her father, mother, and step-father Mel Ridges.

Funeral services will be held Saturday October 7th at 11 AM at the Bennion East LDS Stake Center (5980 S 1300 W, Taylorsville UT). Friends may call Friday from 6 to 8 PM at the Crosspointe Chapel (5550 S 1325 W) or prior to the funeral on Saturday at the Bennion East LDS Stake Center from 9 to 10:30 AM. Interment will be at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 East Dimple Dell Road. To express condolences please visit Bonnie would wish you to tell the people you love you love them, and go get checked for cancer!

We’ll be listening for you chickadee!


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  • I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Bonnie. She was a friend of mine from Hillside Jr. High to Highland High School. Bonnie will be missed. I want you to know she was a cherished friend of, mine in high school. I am glad she is out of pain. I am sure she was welcome home to Heavenly Father with, “Well done, thy good and faithful servant.” Dear Bonnie, you will be a friend that I cherished and I know your family will see you again, for families are forever. “Until we meet at Jesus’ feet, God be with you til we meet again.” With love, Linda Adams De Vore (in Lehighton, Pennsylvania)

    — Linda Adams De Vore
  • To the Borg and Johnson families – I just wanted to express my love and appreciation at this tender time. I always enjoyed time spent with the Borg girls (and Ken!). It was always fun to be in your home and I look back with fondness at the time spent with Bonnie and Shannon at the U. You have been and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. It makes me smile to think of the reunion between Bonnie and your sweet Mom! Love, Kellie

    — Kellie Davis
  • Dearest Johnson and Borg Family,

    We both grew up with Bonnie and loved her sweet and inclusive outreach. She had a gift to make all feel like cherished friends… and she was our cherished friend even thru all the years. We hope you feel the comfort and peace of our Heavenly Father’s love for this precious daughter. The world will miss her warm and Christ-like love and light.
    Much love,
    David and Becky Nielsen

    — David R. & Becky (Child )Nielsen