Elena Victoria Perry-Porutiu Johnson, age 69, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away of cancer on Friday, March 27, 1998, at the Davis North Hospital in Layton, after a lifetime full of physical challenges and life threatening accidents. She has finally received the peaceful reward she has so richly earned through a lifetime of devoted service to family, church, and community.
She was born August 18, 1928 in Cluj, Transylvania, Romania, a daughter of Nicholas Brudan Perry-Porutiu (a businessman, automobile manufacturer, and Ford dealer in Romania) and Ema Filipescu (a medical doctor, an OB/GYN specialist, with a second Doctorate in public health from the Pasteur Institute in Cluj, and an assistant professor of medicine at the School of Medicine at the University of Cluj). She married Stanley Fred Johnson (an electrical engineer, working for the government), June 25, 1954 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.Elena has lived in Washington D.C.; Alexandria, Virginia; San Bernardino, California; Rialto, California; China Lake, California; and Layton, Utah. She was a member of the LDS Valley View 2nd ward. She has worked (in the beginning with her mother), as a translator--translating the Standard Works, the LDS Hymns, and the missionary discussions into the Romanian language. In the more recent years, she has been working as a Romanian translator for the LDS General Conferences. She received her Juris Doctorate from George Washington University and used it in many ways. She was a copyright attorney, as well as a legal consultant, and taught law classes at a California Junior College. She was also an insurance agent, a real estate agent, a business consultant, and an entrepreneur. She was a high school counselor and educator at both the Jr. High and High School levels. Perhaps her most unusual position was working as a translator for the C.I.A.
She is survived by her husband, Stanley Fred Johnson (retired), Layton, UT; two sons, John P. Johnson, 40 (a safety engineer with Industrial Indemnity), Tempe, AZ; David L. Johnson, 35 (a mechanical engineer at Thiokol), Clinton, UT; two daughters, Linda Marie Johnson, 42 (a realtor with Wardley Better Homes and Gardens), Layton, UT; Nandra S. Stratton, 29 (a mother of five and 7-11 clerk), West Valley City, UT; and 12 grandchildren. Also surviving is one sister, Marie Eaves (a realtor with Long and Foster), North Potomac, Maryland.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 31, 1998, at the Layton Valley View 2nd Ward Chapel, 1410 E. Gentile Street. Friends and family may call Monday 6 to 8 p.m. at Lindquist's Layton Mortuary, 1867 N. Fairfield Road, and Tuesday 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. at the Valley View 2nd Ward Chapel. Interment is at the Redwood Memorial Estates, 6500 South Redwood Road in Salt Lake City.
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