• Bradbury Memorial Center Staff

Michelle Lynn Johnson

January 20, 1975 to January 2, 2021

Her life, her strength, her wisdom was vibrant. Her strong-willed spirit provided balance and honesty to all who were blessed to know her. Michelle Lynn Johnson was a devoted wife, mother, sister, daughter, and friend. Born January 20th 1975, Michelle Lynn Johnson was the outspoken daughter of her mother Gevern Begay, her father Herbert Billah and her aunt Cecilia Bennett. She was the sixth child, her siblings being Geradine Johnson, Pamala Johnson, Debbie Maloney (deceased), Raymond Maloney Jr., Darrell Maloney (deceased), Venita Begay (deceased), Treva Begay and Jeremiah Yazzie .

She was a confident Navajo Native American woman born of Ma’ii Deeshgiizhinii (Coyote Pass People). Michelle dedicated her life to her only daughter Odessa Wauneka and her late husband Lorenzo Wauneka who she loved dearly. Her hard working, independent soul added guidance to those who loved her. She honored family and friendship above all else.

Michelle aka Stubbies was a fearless woman who saw obstacles as opportunities. The moment she was born in Tuba City Arizona she strived to work in Administrative Business and became captivated working in Education. She graduated from Tuba City High School and went on to earn a degree in Business Administration at Northern Arizona University and gained an Associates in Liberal Arts at Dine College. She understood the importance of education and encouraged her students, family, and loved ones to continue their learning. As a confident woman and as a mother, Michelle was a role model to many.

As a hard core Yankees fan Michelle coached softball at Greyhills High School, Tuba City Junior High and volunteered at Tuba City Boarding School. She was passionate about the outdoors and appreciated British history. She participated in hiking, running marathons, fishing, camping and endlessly enjoyed victorian dramas. On her days off, Michelle would be running, watching Netflix, hanging out with her many friends, or simply taking photos of her beloved dachshund Tuscany. She had a laugh and smile that was contagious. She was beautiful and well rounded. She continuously supported her Navajo Native American traditions and inspired those around her to live a healthy lifestyle by leading with example.

She wasn’t perfect, but she wasn’t a quitter. Michelle did everything in her power to be the best mother, wife, sister, daughter and friend she could be. Her resilient spirit was full of wisdom and strength. On January 2nd 2021 she was reunited with her late husband Lorenzo Wauneka ‘Ran’. She was living in Lake Havasu City, Arizona working towards a career in Human Resources at the Indian Health Services. She ran everyday by the London Bridge lake and frequently traveled for work visiting new exciting Native American reservations. As the new year of 2021 rose above the horizon she left this world. Michelle spent forty five years on this earth developing connections, skills, and living life to the fullest. She will be deeply missed by all. We love you Michelle.

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