A combined memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Latter-day Saints church, 1259 French Aveenue in Gridley for Ard L. Johnson, 85 of Riverside, California and his ex-wife Jacqueline S. Sponsler (Smith) Johnson Henderson, 79 of Sacramento, California.
Jackie was born November 9, 1938 in Muskegon, Oklahoma. As a child, her family moved to Biggs where she was a member of Biggs High School, class of 1956. She moved around with her Navy husband, Ard for over 20 years. She lived in Rio Linda where she worked and retired with the State of California. She passed away on April 21, 2018 in Sacramento. She is survived by one brother.
Ard was born on February 9, 1933 in Gridley and was a member of Gridley High School, class of 1951. He joined the United States Navy, serving over 20 years, including during the Vietnam War. He moved back to the Palermo-Bangor area, he raised dogs and became the county’s sheep shearer. Ard passed away on May 22, 2018 in Riverside. He is survived by his wife Jeanetta, one brother and one sister. Together, Ard and Jackie are survived by their six children, 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. They were preceded in death by one grandson.