Kate Johnson, 60, who had been a ranch wife and raised five children, died March 31, 2012, of a rare form of cancer.
She was born Anne Kathryn Cremer on Sept. 10, 1951, in Bremerton, Wash., to John Brody and Marjorie Lorraine Cremer (Ortwein). She had an older brother, Bob, and two younger siblings, Teri and Jack. She grew up on a ranch in Northport, Wash., near the Columbia River.
She was a lifeguard in her teenage years and was involved in cheerleading, basketball, beauty pageants and track. When she graduated from Northport High School in 1969, she held the school high jump record.
Following high school she attended Eastern Washington University. She married Robin in the fall of 1971.
They spent the first 10 years of married life running the Lazy E-4 Cattle Co. on Horse Prairie, near Dillon. In 1981 they moved to Billings. In 2005, she acquired the nickname “Bon” from a grandchild. In the fall of 2011, she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
Survivors include her husband; five children, Brody, Addy, Therese, Merritt and Benton; and seven grandchildren.
Vigil Services were April 12 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Services were April 13 at St. Pius X Catholic Church.
Memorials may be made to Al Bedoo Temple, Shrine Hospitals, P.O. Box 20673, Billings, MT 59102; or Billings Catholic Schools, P.O. Box 31158, Billings, MT 59107.