Berniece Everett (Johnson)

4 Aug 1918 - 20 Feb 1990


Berniece Everett (Johnson)

4 Aug 1918 - 20 Feb 1990
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by Judith Hale Everett, wife of Joe Everett, grandson Not long after I married my husband, I began to hear stories of his wonderful grandmother, who had passed away many years earlier. I quickly found that she and I had much in common: sewing, gardening, canning, cooking, camping, writing. I felt ch
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Berniece Everett (Johnson)

Married: 14 Oct 1938

Evergreen Cemetery

1876-1998 North 2000 West
Springville, Utah, Utah
United States

Anne Ryan

May 29, 2011


May 25, 2011

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Kinship Preserved

Contributor: Anne Ryan Created: 9 months ago Updated: 9 months ago

by Judith Hale Everett, wife of Joe Everett, grandson Not long after I married my husband, I began to hear stories of his wonderful grandmother, who had passed away many years earlier. I quickly found that she and I had much in common: sewing, gardening, canning, cooking, camping, writing. I felt cheated at not having known this inspiring woman personally. I felt that no stories or pictures could give me the connection I craved. Then grandpa passed away, and the family offered me grandma’s entire store of canning jars as an inheritance. Most of the jars were still full of food, unusable after so many years, but the jars at least could be saved. As I gazed over the dusty storage room, I felt like I was transported into another time. The old canning equipment neatly stacked in one corner, the yellowed newspapers protecting the shelves, the sheer variety of canned goods in the mason jars, all started the gears turning in my imagination. I subconsciously considered the contents of each jar as I loaded them into boxes. Peas, beets, peaches, cherries, trout, corn, pears, tomatoes, pickles, relishes, jams and jellies; every one brought out a question or a memory. Details from stories about grandma, history I remembered, and bits of my own experience began tumbling around together. Grandma was a prolific canner, I thought, as I hauled the boxes of jars out to the garden. I dug a hole and started to dump the contents of the jars into it, hoping what nutrients were left would feed my future harvest. The smells from the different jars triggered a whole new train of thoughts. What recipe did she use for her relish? My husband still talks about grandma’s pickles, and I can see why! That chili sauce smells good, even after twenty years! And suddenly I realized that through the entire experience I had been musing about grandma, had been replaying all the stories and pictures of her, had pieced together enough still pictures and reconstructed memories into mental video clips, and the swirling, vague pictures had begun to form a solid, real, living person, much as 8 millimeter film, after a jerky jumble of still, immobile shots, warms to speed and the images come to life. Those dusty jars represented far more than mere sustenance; they embodied grandma’s best attributes: frugality, perseverance, creativity, preparedness, generosity, ingenuity, love. In accepting those jars, I was preserving her legacy, preparing it to be passed on with my own. In this inheritance I had found much more than common ground with grandma; I had found kinship with her.

Help! Grandpa’s Sitting on the Biscuits!

Contributor: Anne Ryan Created: 9 months ago Updated: 9 months ago

by Berniece Almira Johnson Everett In the spring of 1926 our family swelled to a total of eight children, with the birth of a new baby girl on April 15. My parents decided a bigger home was an absolute necessity, so exciting plans were soon underway. It was decided that Mother would take the new baby and the two youngest children down to Grandma Thomas’ in Spanish Fork and stay there while the new home was being built. The rest of us would stay at the farm and live in make-shift quarters. The garage was fairly new, and with a good cleaning, it made a nice bedroom for my sister and me, plus storage space for some of the furniture. A lean-to shed on the west was intended for coal, but it was transformed into a kitchen. The dirt floor made it seem like pioneer times. A big tent, pitched nearby, made a comfortable bedroom for Dad and my three brothers. I was eight years old at the time and it seemed like the most adventurous experience of my life. It was like camping out all summer long. I was not at all impressed with the fact that my 14-year old sister Lucille was doing most of the cooking for the six of us. I just thought that’s the way it was when a person was 14. They know how to do almost everything. One day Grandpa Johnson came up to help out with the new house. Lucille cooked up an especially good meal. She even made biscuits. When they were ready to come out of the oven, she didn’t know where to put them. The table was set for dinner and there was no place on the kitchen cabinet, so she took a dishtowel from the drawer, spread it on the chair, and turned the biscuits onto the towel. She covered them over with another dishtowel to keep them warm. Lucille turned back to the stove to take care of the rest of the dinner and Grandpa Johnson came in. He mistook the dishtowel for a cushion and sat right down on the biscuits. Furthermore, he didn’t realize what he had done. He took off his hat, wiped the perspiration from his forehead, and sat there fanning himself with his hat. When Lucille saw what happened, she panicked and ran out the shed door. Up the path she dashed, with me right at her heels. When we reached Dad, she just blurted out, “Grandpa’s sitting on the biscuits!” Dad had a very puzzled look on his face as he asked, “You say he’s sitting on the biscuits?” “Yes,” she said, “He just--” and then she burst into tears. Between the two of us, we managed to tell him what had happened. Dad put his arm around her shoulders and gave her a little hug. He told her it was too bad about the biscuits. “But,” he said, “for land’s sake, don’t hurt Pa’s feelings.” He knew how embarrassed Grandpa would be if he knew what he had done. I don’t remember whether we had mashed biscuits for dinner or what, but I do remember that Grandpa’s feelings were more important than even those beautiful, golden-brown biscuits.

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Berniece Everett (Johnson) was born on 4 Aug 1918
Berniece Everett (Johnson) was 11 years old when The New York Stock Exchange crashes in what will be called the Crash of '29 or "Black Tuesday", ending the Great Bull Market of the 1920s and beginning the Great Depression. The New York Stock Exchange, is an American stock exchange located at 11 Wall Street, Lower Manhattan, New York City, New York. It is by far the world's largest stock exchange by market capitalization of its listed companies at US$21.3 trillion as of June 2017. The average daily trading value was approximately US$169 billion in 2013. The NYSE trading floor is located at 11 Wall Street and is composed of 21 rooms used for the facilitation of trading. A fifth trading room, located at 30 Broad Street, was closed in February 2007. The main building and the 11 Wall Street building were designated National Historic Landmarks in 1978.
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Berniece Everett (Johnson) was 21 years old when World War II: Nazi Germany and Slovakia invade Poland, beginning the European phase of World War II. World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although conflicts reflecting the ideological clash between what would become the Allied and Axis blocs began earlier. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all of the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. It was the most global war in history; it directly involved more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. In a state of total war, the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 50 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.
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Berniece Everett (Johnson) was 26 years old when World War II: The Allied invasion of Normandy—codenamed Operation Overlord—begins with the execution of Operation Neptune (commonly referred to as D-Day), the landing of 155,000 Allied troops on the beaches of Normandy in France. The Allied soldiers quickly break through the Atlantic Wall and push inland in the largest amphibious military operation in history. The Allies of World War II, called the United Nations from the 1 January 1942 declaration, were the countries that together opposed the Axis powers during the Second World War (1939–1945). The Allies promoted the alliance as a means to control German, Japanese and Italian aggression.
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Berniece Everett (Johnson) was 35 years old when Jonas Salk announced the successful test of his polio vaccine on a small group of adults and children (vaccination pictured). Jonas Edward Salk was an American medical researcher and virologist. He discovered and developed one of the first successful polio vaccines. Born in New York City, he attended New York University School of Medicine, later choosing to do medical research instead of becoming a practicing physician. In 1939, after earning his medical degree, Salk began an internship as a physician scientist at Mount Sinai Hospital. Two years later he was granted a fellowship at the University of Michigan, where he would study flu viruses with his mentor Thomas Francis, Jr.
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Berniece Everett (Johnson) was 47 years old when Thirty-five hundred United States Marines are the first American land combat forces committed during the Vietnam War. The United States Marine Corps (USMC), also referred to as the United States Marines, is a branch of the United States Armed Forces responsible for conducting amphibious operations with the United States Navy. The U.S. Marine Corps is one of the four armed service branches in the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and one of the seven uniformed services of the United States.
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Berniece Everett (Johnson) was 55 years old when Vietnam War: The last United States combat soldiers leave South Vietnam. The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, and in Vietnam as the Resistance War Against America or simply the American War, was a conflict that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975. It was the second of the Indochina Wars and was officially fought between North Vietnam and the government of South Vietnam. The North Vietnamese army was supported by the Soviet Union, China, and other communist allies; the South Vietnamese army was supported by the United States, South Korea, Australia, Thailand and other anti-communist allies. The war is considered a Cold War-era proxy war by some US perspectives. The majority of Americans believe the war was unjustified. The war would last roughly 19 years and would also form the Laotian Civil War as well as the Cambodian Civil War, which also saw all three countries become communist states in 1975.
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Berniece Everett (Johnson) was 63 years old when The first launch of a Space Shuttle (Columbia) takes place: The STS-1 mission. The Space Shuttle was a partially reusable low Earth orbital spacecraft system operated by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), as part of the Space Shuttle program. Its official program name was Space Transportation System (STS), taken from a 1969 plan for a system of reusable spacecraft of which it was the only item funded for development. The first of four orbital test flights occurred in 1981, leading to operational flights beginning in 1982. In addition to the prototype whose completion was cancelled, five complete Shuttle systems were built and used on a total of 135 missions from 1981 to 2011, launched from the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. Operational missions launched numerous satellites, interplanetary probes, and the Hubble Space Telescope (HST); conducted science experiments in orbit; and participated in construction and servicing of the International Space Station. The Shuttle fleet's total mission time was 1322 days, 19 hours, 21 minutes and 23 seconds.
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Berniece Everett (Johnson) died on 20 Feb 1990 at the age of 71
Grave record for Berniece Everett (Johnson) (4 Aug 1918 - 20 Feb 1990), BillionGraves Record 3346 Springville, Utah, Utah, United States