Jennifer Rae Johnson (Holgate), 62, lost her battle with cancer Nov. 9, 2018 at her home in Okanogan, Wash. She is survived by her husband of 43 years, John Johnson; her daughter, Jenna Hand (Johnson); her sister, Diana Hill (Kerr); brothers, Jeff Holgate (Jann), Paul Holgate, John Holgate, and Steven Kerr (Nancy); nieces, Shannon Murray, Tara Holgate, Christa Hendrickson (Obie), Tamara Carlson and Tammy Hanlon (John); and nephews, Tim Hill and Paul Holgate. As well as many cousins and very close friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Margaret (Peggy) and Henri Holgate; and her brother, Stanley Kerr; brother-in-law, Leon Hill; and brother-in-law, Jim Johnson.
Jennifer was a supervisor for the Okanogan County Sheriff’s office 911 center for over 20 years, where she held the rank of Sergeant.
Jennifer grew up in Mukilteo and was a member of the Silver Flying A’s 4 H club in Everett, Wash. and a violinist on the Everett Youth Symphony. Jennifer was a 1974 graduate of Mountlake Christian High School in Mountlake Terrace, Wash. Jennifer’s love of horses took her to Malott, Wash. where, with her husband and daughter raised horses on a 25-acre ranch and participated in many horse shows and competitions over the years. Jennifer loved bowling and traveled all over the U.S., most notably participating in men’s and women’s nationals. Jennifer was also a talented singer, she sang the National Anthem at local sporting events and enjoyed karaoke. Jennifer served as a Reserve Sheriff’s Deputy in Okanogan County before joining the 911 center as a Dispatcher. She held law enforcement close to her heart, and had a passion for her career, her community and her first responder family.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, at The Eagles Lodge, Okanogan.