Linda Brissett Johnson

March 16, 1955-April 7, 2014

Linda passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones.

She was born in Portland on March 16, 1955, and lived in St. Johns most of her life.

In 1993 she and her husband built a house in the hills of Scappoose, which they designed. She loved the solitude, trees, deer and elk.

Linda worked for 30 years for the city of Portland, starting out as a stenographer clerk.

She landed a job at the Maintenance Bureau in 1986 and decided to change her career path, becoming one of the first female utility workers. She held several positions and in 2000 became a public works supervisor.

She later transferred to the Bureau of Parks & Recreation, and retired in 2012.

She enjoyed cooking, sewing, gardening and traveling with her husband, especially trips to Napili Bay, Maui, Hawaii.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy “Babe” Gensman; her father, Robert Dean Brissett; and sister, Carol Jane Brissett.

Survivors include her husband Randy Johnson, who she married in 1978; sister, Susan Halloran; sister, Karen Brissett Roberts; her children, Melissa Johnson and Brian Johnson; grandsons, Brendan Berger and Porter Johnson; nephew, Tony Halloran; nieces, Erika Halloran and April Caldwell; and brother-in-law, Joel Halloran.

A funeral service was held Tuesday April 15, at the Columbia Funeral Home.

Interment was at Columbia Memorial Gardens in Scappoose.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Columbia County Food Bank.

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Columbia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, 503-397-1154.