Eleanor Johnson Breitenstein

Eleanor Johnson BreitensteinEleanor Johnson Breitenstein, 79, of Ridgecrest, California, passed away on December 9, 2021. She was born in Junction, Utah on April 13, 1942 to Smith Johnson and Rosella Luke Johnson. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in education from Brigham Young University, and taught school for a very short period before getting married to Richard Earl Breitenstein on October 7, 1966.

Eleanor was a loving and devoted mother to her six children. Family was the most important part of her life. Her kids remember fondly her wonderful sense of humor, saying that she was always ready to tell a joke or funny story. She was a sesquipedalian (someone who likes to use long words) and loved teaching her vast vocabulary to her children. She also enjoyed reading, especially fantasy and romance, and loved her kindle because she could carry her entire library around with her.

Eleanor was predeceased by her husband, Richard, daughter, Rachel Grow and son-in-law, Robert Sheckler. She is survived by her children Sharon Smith (Kelvin) of Paris, Idaho, Roger Breitenstein, Rose Sheckler, Gilbert Breitenstein and Elizabeth Breitenstein all from Ridgecrest, CA, son-in-law Christopher Grow of Pasco, Washington, eight grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. She is survived also by her 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 burial will take place on December 31, 2021 at the Desert Memorial Park in Ridgecrest, California, and a memorial will be held in her honor the following day on January 1, 2022 at 11:00 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 501 North Norma Street. Funeral arrangements will be made by Holland and Lyons.

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

Story First Published: 2022-01-07