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Minden "Mindy" A. (Tanner) Johnson Washa

October 22, 1968 ~ July 7, 2023 (age 54) 54 Years Old
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Minden "Mindy" Johnson Washa Obituary

  In Loving Memory: Minden “Mindy”  Ann Tanner Johnson Washa, of Ogalalla died July 7th, 2023 at her home.

Mindy, a resilient and compassionate soul, passed away at the age of 54, leaving behind a legacy of strength, love, and personal growth. 

Born in Holladay, Utah, she loved and excelled in sports, especially basketball. She was also an exemplary student. Shortly after graduating from High School, she got married and started a family. 

She called Salt Lake City home for most of her life before embarking on a new chapter in Nebraska where she married her second husband Terry Washa from Ogallala, NE. Mindy embraced her new home in NE,she fell in love with the fields of beautiful sunflowers  and learned to love the country life, . The sunrises and sunsets were very different from the mountains which caused here great troubles when it came to directions initially. She embraced Terry’s family and loved his kids and grandkids like her own.

From an early age, Mindy faced both immense joy and profound tragedy. She embraced the gift of motherhood and raised four children with unwavering devotion. However, her heart was shattered when her third-born son tragically passed away at just nine months old. The weight of this loss and the challenges it brought shaped her journey. Despite these struggles, she never lost her fierce love for her children, who remained a constant source of light in her life.

Life presented Mindy with further trials, as she battled various physical ailments for the last 15 years. Throughout it all, she demonstrated remarkable resilience and the will to overcome adversity. Her journey of personal redemption was a testament to her determination and inner growth.

In recent years, Mindy found purpose in her role as a grandmother. Her love for her grandchildren knew no bounds, and she cherished every moment spent connecting with them. 

Believing in the power of healing and second chances, Mindy actively engaged with her AA program. Some of the challenges she faced tested her spirit, but she found solace and strength in the later years by becoming the local area president of AA where she was dedicated to helping others find the same success she had achieved. Her volunteer service touched the lives of those struggling with addiction, offering them hope and encouragement along their own paths to recovery.

Today, as we remember Mindy, let us celebrate the strength she possessed in the face of adversity, her unyielding love for her children and grandchildren, and the transformative journey she embarked upon to find peace within herself. She is now reunited with her father and her beloved son, finding solace in their eternal embrace. 

In the hearts of those she touched, Mindy will forever be remembered as a resilient woman who faced life's challenges head-on, spreading her love, kindness, and empathy to those fortunate enough to have known her. May her memory be a source of inspiration, reminding us to persevere, love deeply, and find forgiveness in our own lives.

Preceded in death by her father, Floyd Rowse Tanner, and son Ethan Rowse Johnson. 

Survived by: her husband Terry Washa, her mother Joann Kjar Tanner, her siblings Tyler Tanner (Shawni), Erin Tanner, Kimball Tanner, Sarah Bruner (Todd), Lynsie Olsen Her children: Samantha Fredrickson (Tyler), Alex Johnson (Paige), Nicholis Johnson, Torrin Washa (Grace), Harley Washa (Felicia), and Hayleigh Washa (Billy). Also 9 Grandchildren

We love you Mindy, you will never be forgotten, Rest in Love. 

Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 15th, 2023 at The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints at 4:00 PM (CT) in Sutherland, Nebraska.  A memorial has been established in her memory.

The family has chosen Cremation and will hold a private inurnment and a later time.

Online condolences may be left at www.drauckerfh.com. Services will be live streamed at www.drauckerfh.com by clicking the "watch live" button.

Draucker Funeral home has been entrusted with arrangements.


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Funeral Service
July 15, 2023

4:00 PM
Church of Jesus Christ Latter (Sutherland, Nebraska)

July 15, 2023

8:37 PM
Draucker Funeral Home
700 N. Spruce Street
Ogallala, NE 69153


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