June Johnson, longtime resident of Manhattan Beach, passed away on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018, at the age of 94. June was born in Detroit, Michigan to Harry and Ethel Smith. They moved to California in 1928 and settled in Manhattan Beach in the late 1930’s. June met her future husband, Bob, in June of 1943 and were married in April of 1944. June worked at MGM studios while her husband was overseas serving in World War II. While raising three daughters, June worked for the Manhattan Beach City School District. She began college in 1966 and earned her B.A., M.A., and PhD. from UCLA in the field of Art and Architectural History. She was a curator of Arts and Antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Villas in Malibu. She wrote a book “Traditions in Architecture” and taught college at El Camino and UCLA until 2008. June enjoyed going to her health club and spending her summers with her husband in Lake Chautauqua, New York. She especially loved living in Manhattan Beach for over 75 years. June is survived by her loving daughters Wendy, Heidi and Gretchen; grandchildren Jennifer, Angela, Jayson and Shannon; nephews Howard, Robb and Mike Ellis. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob and her sister, Marie.

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  1. So sorry for your loss. Please draw comfort from Revelations 21:3&4. 3 With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them. 4And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” We have such a beautiful promise from god that we look forward to.

  2. We shall miss your dear mother, Wendy, Heidi and Gretchen. We wish we could have sat in upon her classes in architecture since she knew so much and was passionate about her subject. It is SO impressive that she got so much schooling in while you guys were still in your formative years!!! We did not see her as often as we would have liked, but when we did she buoyed us up with her beautiful smile. We are grateful for the time that we knew her, and for your loving care in her transitioning to eternal life. I am so sorry that we can not be there on Monday due to this trip that we have been planning for 8 months but know that we will be thinking of your wonderful, loving family. Love, Ellen and Charlie

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