Johanna “Johey” Ruth Crawford was born to Carol (Blanchard, Yeager) and Richard (Dick) Crawford at Parkview Hospital in Toledo, Ohio, aptly on the summer solstice of June 21, 1955; a universal cosmic date which personifies the triumph of hope in the midst of darkness. A victim of gun violence, Johey was brutally murdered at her home on December 16, 2021 where she spent the evening catching up with close friends over the phone, finalizing vacation plans with her family, putting her guardian grandson to safety. in bed and finish the last of her baking for a holiday party at her grandson’s school the next day.
Early in his life, Johey developed a strong personal interest that never ceased to help others, despite many traumatic upheavals throughout his childhood and adulthood. Johey’s compassion and conviction to follow the walk of the Good Samaritan guided her through her shortened life and even through her last moments as a mortal on this earth.
Limitless creativity, along with many innate and developed talents, have helped shape Johey’s diverse interests and passions. Johey began playing the flute in elementary school, performing both in school recitals and for his church. Johey’s love for music grew as she joined her church choir, and this love expanded further in high school where she excelled at playing the flute and piccolo. Johey’s mother especially loved hearing him play and was known to say, “Johey could make a piece of metal sound like a singing bird.” His sister Jenny always thought it was so cool that Johey could keep playing as she walked the football field and in parades as a proud member of the Bedford High School Marching Band, noting that Johey believed that each of us should be an instrument of change charged with making a difference in our limited time on earth. As a teenager, Johey first demonstrated her passion for defending social rights by leading a sit-in at her school. When asked his brother Rick if he remembered Johey hosting a sit-in at school, he replied with a laugh, “Which one?” Rick shared that at that time, the school dress code required female students to wear skirts or dresses and prohibited them from wearing pants. Rick further explained that it was winter and Johey didn’t have it. Johey started talking to friends and rallying classmates and soon after, a school sit-in was underway. Rick smiled as he reflected on this sister Johey’s unwavering determination and proudly shared that the dress code had actually been revised due to Johey’s actions.
Johey had a long-standing love of the theater, taking his granddaughter and niece a few weeks ago to see The Hip Hop Nutcracker at the Detroit Opera House, and taking his daughter Hayley to experience one of his favorite musicals. by Johey, Rent. Johey’s precocious love for the theater began in high school, captivated as he worked behind the scenes with costumes, makeup and set design, eventually securing the role of stage manager. Excited to share her love for the arts, Johey regularly incorporated her siblings into her high school stage team through building sets, lights and sounds, even having her little brother Brian participate in his first performance on stage. Johey’s passion for shared life experiences influenced his siblings so much that many embarked on future careers in the building trades, and his brother Brian worked as a stage and lighting crew in high school and beyond. . Johey’s active participation in the theater continued with subsequent work at the Toledo Rep and establishing the theater group Awesome Christian Ensemble (ACE) while she was then a parishioner at the Salem Lutheran Church where she went. volunteer as theater director, screenwriter, costume designer and seamstress.
Johey’s passions also consist of a deep love for reading. Johey’s father proudly remembers applying for his first library card thanks to Johey’s encouragement during his many years of working at the main branch of the Toledo Lucas County Library. Johey’s many causes have always occupied her, including several in the 1980s as president of the Toledo chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW), organizing the community for better housing assistance in the neighborhoods. the poorest in Toledo and by organizing a non-partisan electoral registration. campaign for Project Vote where she met and convincingly convinced her husband, Knute Huber, then director of The Helping Hands of St. Louis food program, to set up her voter registration site to help her customers and to give a voice to strangers as viable constituents within their community. Married on February 8, 1986, Johey and Knute worked together not only to change the world for a better world, but to lead by example in shaping the importance of community activism for their blended family which would eventually include seven children plus a related family village. .
Anyone who knows Johey well also knows that she’s never been afraid to speak her mind and challenge the status quo. A firm believer in the motto of late civil rights activist and US Congressman John Lewis, Johey never shied away from the idea of sowing “good trouble.” His daughter Nicole gifted Johey these immortal words as a tattoo which Johey proudly wore. Johey is known to many for her tendentious spirit, never afraid to confront mayors and other elected officials, doctors, CEOs, etc. Another talent of Johey’s was her ability to rack up extra hours in each day she lived as she diligently tried to balance the ever-shifting scales of work and life. In her 40s, when Johey decided to graduate as a registered nurse, she was working full time and managing a house with five children. Like all mere mortals, Johey was certainly not a saint and was also known to lose her temper. Yet Johey’s staunch belief in the power and gift of redemption, not just for herself but for the other traumatized patients, clients and community members she fought for every day, has given her the wisdom to begin the slow healing process of self-reflection in attempting to make peace with hurt loved ones and with self-regret throughout one’s life course. In the words of equally uncompromising social lawyer Dolly Parton, “redemption comes in many forms with many types of pain.” It was something Johey knew personally and fought to change for herself, and for the many others she met, also seeking redemption.
Johey’s most recent life passions included her career choice to become a full-time chronically and terminally ill pediatric nurse at Mott Children’s Hospital, assuming the role of full-time guardian grandparent in the sixties of his beloved Adi who prospered under the love and perseverance of his “Bob” and his grandfather Knute (affectionate name of Johey given to him by his first grandchild, Javier who, all small, was unable to pronounce “Abuelita”) at Johey’s insistence on early intervention treatment, education and support for help through assistance from the Double Arc Center for FASD, the Adi’s love for the arts has also been a precious outlet for this extraordinary child to realize her own beauty through dance, painting and the performing arts, a staunch advocate as a juvenile court of Lucas County Appointed Special Advocate e (CASA) for which Johey received a CASA Courage award her first year in the program, and last summer as an expansion facilitator for their new family member ly, Ryder, BFF and Therapeutic Assistance Dog at Adeline through the renowned local resources of The Ability Center, for which Adeline was recently praised for her exceptional care and support at Ryder.
Johey is survived by her husband; Knute Huber, children; Carrie (Steve) Sizemore, Socorro Sevilla (Dan Kruse), Heather Huber (Nate Klingensmith), Kevin Huber (Sarina), Elizabeth Huber and Nicole Huber, grandchildren; Javier Sevilla, Nathan Sizemore, Chasadey (Chuck) Wright, Isabelle Sizemore, Evan Klingensmith,
Ethan Klingensmith, Malik Huber, Adeline Huber, Emiliano Huber, Cisco Huber, Zayden Huber, great-grandchildren; Callie Sizemore, Nolan, Nevin, Nathanial, Bailey and Beckett Wright, The Village; Tianda Mims; Carl, Andre and CJ Mims, Mary Lou Baumgartner; Irene (Emon, Yusef), Maya, Yuki Mineoi, Hayley (Ari & Leah), parents; Dick (Faye) Crawford) and Amy Crawford, siblings; Rick (Beckie) Crawford, Jenny Crawford, Julie (Jim) Murray, Dan (Sylvia) Yeager, Brian Crawford, Kelly Crawford, Kathy Crawford (Bob Savage) and a longtime friend; Faith Einerson. Johey is predeceased by her beloved child, Micaela (Mica) Faith Sevilla, and her parents, Carol and Dan Yeager.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on January 29, 2022 at 29101 Hufford Rd. Perrysburg Ohio 43551 from 11:30 am -? In honor of our late friend, please come in a casual dress, no suit or tie, always ready to stir up trouble. Please come and share your stories and your love for Johanna, aka Johey, aka “Bob”, aka Mum, aka a beautiful soul for whom we must come together to help continue her unfinished business. Johey’s family is currently working with the Toledo Community Foundation to create a nonprofit foundation in Johey’s name to posthumously support all of the many social causes that Johey was abruptly forced to quit. As said by Faith’s son, Johey’s dear friend, Johey passed away when she had lived her whole life defending a child.
Posted by The Blade on Dec 26, 2021.