Elizabeth Ann Misner Johnson, 73, passed away unexpectedly in Phoenix on Dec. 20.
Liz was born May 16, 1939 in Lewiston, Idaho, to Gervase A. Misner, Sr. and Bonnie Westerlund Misner. She grew up in the Melrose-Reubens area of northern Idaho and was valedictorian of Reubens High School, Class of 1957. Throughout her childhood, she was very active in 4H and won many awards for cooking and sewing.
Liz attended the University of Idaho, where she majored in accounting. She was one of the top 10 seniors of her Class of 1961 and was one of the first female accountants to graduate from the university. After passing the CPA exam, she joined the firm of Price Waterhouse.
Liz married Dohn Robert Johnson on Oct. 13, 1962 in Lewiston. They moved to California, where she worked until their first son was born. In 1972, the family moved to Paris, where Dohn had a job at Computer Machinery Corporation. They moved back to Southern California and then to Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, where they owned and operated the Coeur D’Alene Marina. Liz resumed her professional career in 1994 when she and Dohn moved to Phoenix, where she worked as a financial manager and CFO for several companies. Her last position was as CFO for Mountain Park Ranch Homeowners Association in Ahwatukee.
Over the years, Liz volunteered extensively for many organizations in every community where they lived. Her major volunteer years involved extensive service to the local University of Idaho Alpha Gamma Delta undergraduate chapter. In the Los Angeles area, she served as president for the alumnae chapter. At the international level, Liz served as director of Alumnae Development, then as treasurer and president of the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation. For her contributions to the organization, she received recognition awards for her unusually outstanding service in 1993 and 1999. In July 2012 she attended the Alpha Gamma Delta convention and helped celebrate the 50th anniversary of the foundation.
Liz was renowned for her organizational skills and her leadership. She was a consummate hostess for any event, whether for a family gathering or for one of the many organizations she championed. She had a contagious laugh and her caring nature made many friends. She leaves behind family, friends, and co-workers who cared deeply for her, and whose lives have been forever made better by her love and generosity.
She was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her husband, Dohn, and two sons, Dohn Robert Johnson, Jr. and his wife, Carol, and children Joshua, Jessica, Dohn III, and Benjamin of Tacoma, Wash.; and Kevin Arthur Johnson of Edwardsville, Ill. She is also survived by her brother, G. Arthur Misner, Jr., and his wife, Charlotte, of Walnut Creek, Calif., and their children, Michelle, Mary and Jennifer.