Nola was born Oct. 13, 1933, to Frank and Beulah (Dollar) Herrmann, receiving much spoiling at the hands of parents with two older boys – Doyle and Maynard. She spent her early years in Moscow and made the short move to Troy when a fire claimed the family home. Nola finished high school in Troy and met the love of her life, Clint Johnson.
In 1951, the couple turned young love into a lifetime commitment, marrying and starting a family with the birth of oldest son, Lon. It was in motherhood that Nola found her true calling, and more babies came quickly. Within five years, Terry, Renee and Kerry had joined the family. Nola thrived in the chaos of four children, never missing an event in all their years of school. In addition to raising their own children, Clint and Nola opened their hearts and home to countless children over the years as foster parents, Boy Scout and Campfire leaders, and as willing hosts to many teen gatherings.
Each summer, the Johnson family loaded six deep for a two-week road trip. With little space and no air conditioning, the four Johnson kids made countless memories and learned valuable life lessons throughout the U.S. and Canada. As one might imagine, the trips were not always quiet, and Nola mastered the art of entertaining kids with “travel bags” in an effort to save Clint from holding roadside “paddling parties.” She became a master of cooking dinner by the light of a campfire and instilled in her children an appreciation for the beauty of the world around them.
From the time she was a child, Nola found peace on the banks of Big Creek and the St. Joe River, and she passed her love of fishing on to her children as soon as they could hold poles. In their early years, she discovered creative ways to keep the kids safe, including tying the four of them together in case one should fall in. Over the years, the family continued to take cherished fishing trips, and she took great pride in fishing alongside granddaughters Darby and Shandy.
Nola immersed herself early into the world of antiques and collectibles, becoming a trusted resource for those seeking to learn about or acquire remnants from the past. Nola opened Down at the Depot Antiques in Troy, where she relished talking to visitors from around the world, bringing new life to the historic Troy train depot. She and Clint started Clint’s Auction Service (later Clint’s and Lam Auctions), sharing their passion and knowledge with friends and strangers and building a successful family business that now spans four generations.
In life, Nola was an eager talker, a seasoned traveler and a proud liberal. She volunteered at the Deary Thrift Store and enjoyed auction work into her 80s. She was a beloved grandmother, a dedicated mother and a friend to all who knew her. In death, Nola is reunited with husband Clint and sons Terry and Kerry, whom she had missed for far too long. She is survived by son Lon (Ron Fournier) Johnson; daughter Renee (Gary) Lam; granddaughters Darby (Kason) Baldwin and Shandy Lam; and great-granddaughters Kambri and Brylie Baldwin.
An informal celebration of life will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Troy Seventh-day Adventist Church, with desserts and goodies to honor Nola’s sweet tooth. Memorials may be made to local organizations such as Troy Historical Society, P.O. Box 351, Troy, ID 83871; Troy Ambulance; Troy Fire; or SDA Church of Troy.