Obituary: Joanne Blanche (Johnson) Shirra


Joanne Blanche (Johnson) Shirra

September 21, 1941 – June 15, 2021


Joanne Blanche (Johnson) Shirra, age 79, of Blaine passed away peacefully at her home on June 15, 2021. Joanne was born in Bellingham on September 21, 1941 to Kris and Elizabeth “Ruth” Johnson.

Joanne was well known for her artistic talents and love of pets. She graduated from Blaine High School in 1959 and was a lifelong resident of Blaine. She pursued a creative career as owner of a ceramics shop, J&S Pots and Things, for many years. Joanne was an impeccable seamstress, painter and knitter. She excelled in baking, canning, gardening and clam digging. Some of her star creations included felted hats, aprons, and award-winning jams. She was an active member of the Blaine Farmer’s Market, a knitting group, and the VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary Post 9474.

Joanne was preceded in death by her husband David Shirra. She was survived by her three daughters Laurie (Terry) Walker of Sumner; Shannon (Brad) Breivik of Blaine; and Crystal (Joe) Gordon of Camano Island; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brothers Thomas “Tom” Johnson of Custer and Robert “Bobby” Johnson of Wrangell, AK. The family would like to thank neighbor and friend Carol Hickey for all her love, caring and support.

A family service will be held at Blaine Cemetery, on Saturday, June 26 at 11 a.m. An open house will be held from 1–4 p.m. at Brad and Shannon Breivik’s house, 9375 Owl Lane. In lieu of flowers, please donate to or Whatcom Hospice.


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