Rita Louise Johnson

May 21, 1956 - Apr 1, 2018


After an unfortunately brief but heroic battle with cancer, it is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Rita Louise Johnson. She passed on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018 in her home in Elk Grove, CA at the age of 61.
Rita was born on May 21, 1956 at Clarke Air Force Base Pampanga, Philippines, to father Roger LaRue Johnson and mother Laura Andrade Johnson. She grew up in a large, military family with three brothers and a sister. Rita was talented both academically and creatively and shined as a piano player throughout her adolescence. Rita went on to graduate from Elk Grove High School in 1974 meritoriously with honors. In college, she excelled in all things related to science and medicine and went on to graduate from Sacramento State University with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing.
After receiving her degree, Rita began her nursing career in 1979. She moved to San Francisco and accepted a position with Kaiser Permanente. While in San Francisco, Rita developed a passion for working in Labor and Deliver and specifically in helping with high risk pregnancies. This passion was also shown in her love for her two daughters. In 1996 Rita decided to move back to Sacramento to continue raising the girls and be closer to her family. She continued her career with Kaiser as a Call Center Advice Nurse. Rita’s impressive and dedicated career as a nurse spanned a total of 38 years, but working with infants and children would continue to bring her joy.
Rita was a loving, humorous, light of positivity with a passion for family, children, and dogs. One of Rita’s greatest joys in life was becoming a grandmother, lovingly referred to as “Nita” – even going so far as assisting in the deliveries of her grandsons. When diagnosed with advanced and aggressive cancer a few short weeks before her passing, she remained dedicated in her faith and in her will to fight her illness. She remained brave, beautiful, and kind-hearted even during her final days.
Rita will be lovingly remembered by daughters Amanda and Samantha, her son in-laws Ben and Mike, grandsons Dean and Myles, and dogs Leo and Coco.
Rita is also remembered by her siblings: Roy, Rose, Ron, and Reuben, as well as their spouses and many nieces and nephews. Rita’s parents, Roger and Laura Johnson, precede her in death.
Rita requested to be cremated and her ashes will be interred at East Lawn Memorial Park, Elk Grove, CA. Light refreshments will be offered in the reception hall at East Lawn following the commitment ceremony; all are welcome. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

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