Elizabeth "Selina" Johnson died peacefully in her sleep unexpectedly on Dec. 15. Selina was a loving wife and mother, survived by her husband, Glenn Johnson; her two sons, Byron (and wife Amanda) and Neil; her mother, Libbie Dearing; her siblings, Michael Dearing (Debi), Robert Dearing (Vanessa), James Dearing, Mark Dearing and Stephen Dearing (Colleen); her nieces and nephews, Laura, Autumn, Ashlyn and Joshua.
Selina was born July 23, 1952 in Los Angeles, California to Libbie and Paul Dearing. She was raised in Wisconsin and Illinois. She graduated from Larkin High School in Elgin, Illinois in 1970.
She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in speech and hearing sciences from University of Arizona and a master's degree in elementary education from Northern Arizona University.
She moved to Tucson in 1972, where she met her husband of 34 years. She worked at the University of Arizona for 27 years, specializing in K-12 education and public outreach. Selina worked tirelessly with area schools, teachers and students in math and science education, and in turn, earned many awards and honors for her dedication.
Selina was a pillar of strength in her family. We are broken hearted and will miss her smile, playful laugh and love.