Randi Sue Branshaw Johnson


Randi, 62, passed away peacefully at home on November 25, 2012 after a two year struggle with cancer. Randi lived a full life involved with family and friends. Her two granddaughters brought much joy into her life. She delighted in sharing time by volunteering in their classrooms, attending athletic activities and going to special theater events. With an open home and heart, Randi taught the girls the secrets of her chocolate chip cookies to carry on the baking tradition.

The oldest of five children, Randi was born May 2, 1950, in Aberdeen, Washington. She graduated from Ocosta High School in Westport in 1968. Moving to Olympia in 1974 she attended OVTI, completing her medical assistant certification. She then worked in pediatric and orthopedic clinics for several years.

At the age of 29, Randi boldly enrolled as a freshman at St. Martin’s College. There she discovered a supportive, caring community. This began a 30-year association of joy and connection to St. Martin’s community and the Benedictine values and traditions exemplified there. As a graduate, she served in a leadership role with the SMU Alumni Association and was on the University Board of Trustees as a champion for students.

A pioneer member of the Capital Food and Wine Festival, Randi ultimately served as the festival’s Chairperson. In 1988, Randi was employed by the Department of Revenue-Specials Programs Division. There she continued her desire for lifelong learning, sharing her training and skills as a facilitator with employees and stakeholders alike.

Randi was very grateful to her “work family” for their generosity and support throughout her illness. Randi was a giving friend and a dedicated volunteer. Always willing to help others, even folks she didn’t know, she was a Gold Leaf donor to the blood bank.

An avid outdoors woman, Randi made many friends while trail riding with her horse, Corky Courageous, naming her Holiday Valley home “The One Horse Ranch” in Corky C’s honor.

She is survived by parents, Dick and Lavon Branshaw of Westport; son, Michael Johnson and daughter-in-law Heather; granddaughters, Alexandria (Ali) and Ella Johnson of Olympia; siblings, Beth Branshaw (Steven Clark), Tom (Denise) Branshaw, Jon Branshaw, David Branshaw and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Randi inspired many people with her positive attitudes, her joyful sense of humor, her generosity of spirit and devoted friendship. She was humbled by the love and caring shown during her illness, and grateful for the time she was given to prepare. She has said “Flowers are for the living” so she wished that donations would be made to: Father Kilian Malvey OSB Scholarship Endowment at St. Martin’s University, Lacey, Healing Hearts Ranch or Thurston County Food Bank.

Come celebrate Randi’s life at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 15, 2012, at St. Martin’s Norman Worthington Conference Center. Please leave remembrances at www.FuneralAlternatives.org.