Rennea Johnson

Rennea Elizabeth "Rene" Johnson

Sunday, June 26th, 1949 - Thursday, June 18th, 2020
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Rennea Johnson, a mother, wife, and lifelong resident of California passed away on June 18, 2020 at the age of 70 due to complications of metastatic breast cancer.
Rennea is survived by her husband David Norman Johnson Sr.; her children Kimberly Grace Ledbetter, Amy Renee Johnson, and David Norman Johnson Jr.; her grandchildren Travis Ledbetter, Brittney Ledbetter, Rain Johnson, and Zuki Johnson; and her mother Dorthey Azevedo. She is predeceased by her father Manuel Soares and stepfather Arthur Azevedo.
Rennea was born in Turlock California on June 26, 1949 to Dorthey Brazil and Manuel Soares. She was the oldest of seven children. She spoke of fond memories of being raised on a dairy farm and taking care of the many cows. At age 12 she became the primary caretaker to her six younger brothers and sisters Nicki, Manuel, Melody, Jeffery, Randy, and Rochelle as her parents divorced.
Rennea met David as a teenager and they had their first date at Seal Beach at the pier. At age 18 she married David Johnson on July 29,1967. They had their first child Kimberley in 1968. Even after she married and with a baby Rennea continued to stop by and take care of her siblings in her childhood home because she said, “she loved them so much and continued to worry about them.” Rennea settled in with her husband purchasing their first home in Lakewood California. Rennea was a lifelong caregiver and dedicated her entire life taking care of those that she loved. Rennea made breakfast every morning for her husband David before he went to work and packed him lunch every day. She loved taking care of her husband and her children. Rennea had her second child Amy in 1975. She had her last child David Norman Johnson Jr. or as she liked to call him “sunshine” in 1980.
Rennea said the best time of her life was when her children were young. Rennea spent time camping and boating with her family at Buena Vista Lake and Lake Elsinore. Often, she would invite her sisters and brothers on her camping trips with her family. She also went on motorhome trips with her family and mother and stepfather. During the summer she would take her children to Seal Beach to play at the beach multiple times a week. It was her favorite beach. Rennea loved family above everything else. She refused to go out and leave her children with a babysitter as she always wanted to spend time with them. In 1989 Rennea and David stopped camping and purchased a home on Spring Valley lake where they spent every summer for decades boating, jet skiing on the lake, and horseback riding. Rennea always invited friends and family alike to accompany her on these trips to the lake house.
Rennea spent most of her life as a wife, mother, and business owner taking care of her and her husband’s rental properties but in1990 she got a job at Whitaker Elementary school as a teacher assistant. It is there that she met her lifelong best friend Marry Parrot. Rennea claimed Mary “was more like a sister” than a best friend. Rennea left her teaching assistant position ten years later after she developed breast cancer to seek treatment.
After beating breast cancer Rennea relocated to Corona California with her husband and son to her dream home to be closer to her two daughters. It was there that she enjoyed walks with her husband on her property, having coffee by her Koi pond, and enjoying her favorite purple trees that he planted for her. She loved feeding her two turtles Tommy and Ralphie, walking her two dogs Peanut and Lucy, drinking Starbucks, going shopping, and mostly spending time with her family.
Rennea dedicated her life to those that she loved. She helped her husband through two heart attacks and stage four cancer. She assisted her daughter Amy with adopting her two children Rain and Zuki and went to countless medical appointments with them. She was always there for her son and helped him to become a great person.
Rennea did everything with class and style and was a beautiful person both inside and out. She was the kindest person you would ever meet and wanted to help everyone. She would talk to random strangers wherever she went and loved people. Rennea will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Rennea’s final wishes were to be cremated. Her ashes were spread at Seal Beach CA at the right side of the pier where her first date with her husband and countless beach visits with her children took place.
We love you Mom.
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