Eleanor Johnson Breitenstein, April 13, 1942 – December 9, 2021 | Obituaries

Eleanor Johnson Breitenstein, 79, of Ridgecrest, California, died on December 9, 2021. She was born on April 13, 1942 in Junction, Utah, to Smith Johnson and Rosella Luke Johnson. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Brigham Young University and taught at the school for a very short time before marrying Richard Earl Breitenstein on October 7, 1966.

Eleanor was a loving and devoted mother to her six children. The family was the most important part of her life. Your children like to remember her wonderful sense of humor, which says she was always ready to tell a joke or a funny story. She was a Sesquipedalian (someone who liked to use long words) and loved teaching her children her extensive vocabulary. She also enjoyed reading, especially fantasy and romance, and loved her Kindle because she could carry her entire library around with her.

Eleanor had died before her husband Richard, daughter Rachel Grow, and son-in-law Robert Sheckler. She leaves behind her children Sharon Smith (Kelvin) from Paris, Idaho, Roger Breitenstein, Rose Sheckler, Gilbert Breitenstein and Elizabeth Breitenstein all from Ridgecrest, CA, son-in-law Christopher Grow from Pasco, Washington, eight grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. She also leaves behind three siblings, Sharon Mortensen of Roosevelt, Utah, Burton Johnson of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Stan Johnson of Vernal, Utah, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Her funeral will take place on December 31, 2021 at Desert Memorial Park in Ridgecrest, California, and a memorial service will be held in honor of her at the Church of Jesus Christ the Latter the following day, January 1, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. – day Saints, located at 501 North Norma Street. The funeral is organized by Holland and Lyon.

Eleanor was a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was devoted to her faith and enjoying her life, but looked forward to joining the happy hosts in heaven. As such, she wrote her own epitaph as follows: “I have enjoyed my life, but I have looked forward to it”.

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