Dessie Johnson (Birge) (1923-2017)


Dessie “Dee” Johnson passed away on August 8, 2017, at the age of 94. She was a resident of Valley West Care Facility in Williams, CA. Dessie was born February 20, 1923, in Delaware County, OK, to Henry and Vina (Potter) Johnson. She was one of nine children. Her first husband was David Leroy Birge. They had five children: Peggy Reynosn Lewis, Wanda Oppenheim, Curtis Birge, Stanley Birge, and Barbara Blotsky. She had another daughter, Debbie Johnson, with her second husband Ralph Johnson.

Dessie worked for many years at the Colusa Bowling Alley. Everyone said she made the best burgers and shakes. Her grandson Boni said she made the best blackberry cobbler and was always willing to go pick berries if she would bake a cobbler.

Dessie is survived by two sisters, her five Birge children, 15 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 17, 2017, from 5-8 PM, and services will take place on Friday, August 18, 2017, at 10 AM at McNary-Moore Chapel, 107 5th St., Colusa, CA.

Arrangements are under the direction of McNary-Moore Funeral Service FD-410