Gayle Johnson

gayle johnson
If you are reading this, I, Gayle Lynn Johnson, obviously lost my fight with cancer. I was born on January 5, 1956 in St. Paul, MN and attended school in St. Paul. In 1974, I moved to Moorhead to attend college and remained in the Fargo/Moorhead area until my death. I was employed at various child care/educational programs including Head Start, Nokomis Child Care and HopeKids. My passion was caring for children with special needs and I strove to provide them with quality early childhood education. I was also employed at Aakers (Rasmussen) College and MedData. My joy was in watching my son’s sports events including soccer, basketball, football, and track. I never missed a game until my health prevented me from attending! I am survived by my son, James, and my brother, Ken. Preceded in death by my parents, Ward and Florence, and my brothers, Larry and Doug, and my sister, Patricia. Please join together for a celebration of my life on March 6, 2020 at 7 PM at Boulger Funeral Home – 123 10th Street South in Fargo, ND. A gathering will be between 6 and 7 PM. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Roger Maris Cancer Center or Sanford Hospice House.

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  1. Dear James, I am saddened by the loss of your mom. I will pray for you everyday, grieving will hit you at different times, in many ways. All are normal, I know your mom left all the support in the world for you. Please turn to them as you struggle with your loss. They will understand your pain, I’m sure they loved her to. Your friend in Duluth, Cheryl Olson

  2. I loss a very good friend on Wednesday. Gayle you will always be in my heart. Thoughts and prayers for James and your family. We will see you again, love you my friend..


  3. Ken and James, you are in my prayers as we say goodbye. Gayle was very special. I remember staying with her in her college dorm, working with her at Head Start and when she adopted you, James. She loved helping others and had such a giving heart. Love you both and know that I will miss her terribly but am comforted that she is no longer in pain.

  4. James, I’m so sorry for your loss. Your mom loved you so much, and it was an honor to walk alongside her the past few months. Sending you love.

  5. Gayle was my anchor point in the early years of building the CHARISM Neighborhood Center. Her knowledge of managing a nonprofit was crucial to me and Gayle was always willing to share her knowledge and her time with a “rookie”.. I don’t know if I would have lasted through those difficult early years without her. She was a hero to me and I am sure to many others. May God richly bless your memory, Gayle.
    Julie Gunkelman
    Past Executive Director of CHARISM

  6. Dear James
    Your mom was such an inspiration to me as we share the journey of Pancreatic Cancer in common. She loved you so much and she wanted nothing more than to be with you always. I know you have an awesome Foster Family and friends that will be there for you and hope you lean on them during this super difficult time. Keeping you in prayer.

  7. Sorry to hear. I consider (Sigh) all advocates as comrades in arms. We will keep your efforts for children alive.

    Paul MAguire
    Palmer, Alaska

  8. Your mom, Gayle, was a special lady. I really enjoyed our friendship when we worked together for Lutheran Social Services. She would have been a good mom and loved you very much. Remember her caring ways and patience as I will. She will always be watching over you and want you to do well and have a good life as you would have had with her. Take care James

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