Patricia Ann Johnson, a longtime Venice resident and a founder of the Friends of the Venice Library who served as the group’s first president, passed away May 14. She was 83.

Born July 7, 1927 in Chicago, Johnson and her family moved to California in June 1941, settling in Venice.

Johnson, who held a library card since 1941, worked part time shelving books at a local library during her senior year at Venice High School. She graduated in 1944.

In 1946, she married her high school sweetheart, Ben. The couple had four children, Charles, David, Cindy and Bill.

After raising her children, Johnson went back to school to become a teacher.

In 1984, she became one of the founders of the Friends of the Venice Library, a nonprofit organization which raises money for the library. Johnson served as chairperson of the library group for 10 years.

Johnson is survived by her husband of 65 years, Ben four children; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many friends from her quilt group, the Friends of the Venice Library and the Venice Historical Society.

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