Yelm-area literary giant passes: Bettye Johnson
- Posted by Bettye Johnson’s son, Ken Brown on Facebook:
“Bettye Johnson, a long time student of RSE [Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment], passed to another new adventure today, December 7th, 2019. Bettye was a lifelong student of her spiritual quest, experiencing the wonderful, with a life of love and adventure. [Ed. note: Johnson was 90.]
“Bettye was an award winning author with several of her books winning national acclaim. In her book; Secrets of the Magdalene Scrolls, Bettye wrote a passage that stated that we are each on our journey, we are here to demonstrate and experience the wisdom of life.
“Bettye’s wisdom was passed down through her writings for all to experience.
“Bettye is survived by her sons: Ken Brown, Mike Brown, and granddaughter Myriah Pearcey.”
About Bettye Johnson
- Editor’s note: Ms. Johnson’s work and literary contributions to Yelm and vicinity have been noted on this blog since 2006. She was a trailblazer and one of Yelm’s internationally acclaimed titans, bringing notary to the cultural diversity of our community! I was uplifted in knowing her for over 25 years. She will be missed.
Bettye Johnson was a two time Independent Publishers Book Award winner: in 2006 for her first book, Secret of the Madeleine Scrolls and again in 2008 for her book, Mary Magdalene: Her Legacy (Living Free Press).
Ms. Johnson was also the founder and facilitator of Yelm’s Writers Night Out Forum, which met the first Monday of each month at Yelm’s Blue Bottle (now Pizzeria LaGitana). She also authored the book Awakening the Genie Within.
Ms. Johnson shared this with the Yelm Community Blog in 2013:
“I recently published my memoir, An Uncommon Education: A Memoir. This memoir is about my years working for the American Embassy in Paris from 1952-1955. The Prologue give information about my childhood. I was age 23 when I fulfilled a dream of travelling (sic) the world. I read an article in the Houston, Texas newspaper for clerical to work overseas in the Foreign Service, U.S. State Department. From Paris I was transferred to the embassy in Tokyo where I met and married a career Marine. We had three sons and when he retired, we divorced. A year later I met the man of my dreams and we married. He passed in 2000. I live in Washington State and began serious writing in 2004.”
Ed. Note: This book touched me.