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Cecilia Bunker Johnson

It is with great sadness that the family of Cecilia Bunker Johnson announce her death on January 12, 2023 in Austin, Texas, at 78 years of age. She is survived by her husband, Richard; children, Theodore Thornell, Sarah Ushkow, and Laura Haas (Markus); stepchildren, Kelly Sherkat, Tracy Johnson, Leigh Wells (Matthew), Matthew Johnson (Shannon); sister, Mary Jane Jones (William); grandchildren, Cyrus Sherkat (Amber), Stella Thornell, Madeline Johnson, Matthew Johnson, Saul Ushkow and Leo Haas; and great-grandchildren, Ari and Kendrick. Ceci is preceded in death by her father, Thomas Perry Bunker; mother, Mary Jane Bunker; brothers, Thomas Bunker, Richard Bunker and Terrence Bunker; and son-in-law, Mitchell Ushkow. 

Ceci was born on July 28, 1946, as Ruth Cecilia, to Thomas and Mary Jane (nee Gates) of Cincinnati, Ohio, where she lived for much of her life. The youngest of five children, she was adored by her siblings, many cousins, aunts and uncles, later becoming a favorite aunt to her nephews and nieces. She married William (Toby) Thornell in June 1969 and had three children, then later married Richard Johnson in May 1991 and her family grew with four stepchildren. She loved being a mother and member of a large family, often hosting holidays and celebrations in her home.

Ceci was a dear friend to many, and was often known as the life of the party. She was a passionate nurse, devoting most of her career to hospice nursing and administration, where she was a fierce advocate for her patients. There is so much more to be said of Ceci, our wife, mother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend. She is deeply missed.

Details of a memorial service in Cincinnati are pending.

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