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Leslie Carol Linden Johansson Hoag


October 4, 2017

Leslie, 72, died September 18 at Salvatierra Hospital in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico. She was born November 1, 1944 in Goldendale to Duane and Betty Linden. She had lived in La Paz since 2012 and was previously a resident of Hillsboro, Oregon, Battle Ground, Washington, and Shelton, Washington.

She received her BSN from Pacific Lutheran University in 1966 and began working as an RN in Goldendale. In the early 1980s, Leslie was among the first nurses in Washington to earn a Certificate of Emergency Nursing. She worked in primary care and emergency nursing in Shelton, rheumatology and home health in Vancouver, and correctional nursing (which she likened to a combination of public health and emergency care, but with deputies on hand) in Vancouver and Hillsboro.

Leslie was one of a kind, who loved reading, gardening, crafts and travel, avoided housework whenever possible, and was able to laugh at nearly everything. She had a lifelong fear of birds and enclosed spaces but had no hesitation to compete in barrel-racing her horse as a child, take on anything the emergency room could dish out as adult, or spend her retirement in a foreign country where, initially, she knew no one and did not speak the language. She will be missed.

She was married and divorced twice, to Paul Johansson and Arnie Hoag. She is survived by her brother Max and his wife Barbara Linden of Selah; niece Bree Tait and her son Finn of Selah; nephew Brady Linden, his wife Rosa and their son Eneko of Selah; daughter Leina Johansson of Seattle; son Brad and his wife Melissa Johansson of Montesano, and four grandchildren: Colton Johansson of Cheney; Curtis and Cooper Johansson of Montesano; and Liora Johansson of Seattle.

Per Leslie's request, there are no funeral services.


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