Lylene Johnson

August 31, 1947 - January 02, 2024

Lylene Johnson

August 31, 1947 - January 02, 2024


On January 2, 2024, Lylene Johnson (m. Dickie) embarked on a new journey. Lylene passed at home with her family, after many years living with Alzheimer’s disease.

Born August 31, 1947 in Sunnyside, Washington to Lyle and Verna Dickie, Lylene grew up on a farm in the Yakima Valley with her brothers, Dyke and Clay, and graduated from Grandview High School in 1965.

Lylene attended the University of Washington, where she met Richard, her husband of 56 years. In 1969, Lylene graduated from UW with a home economics BA, and worked as a teacher in the Tacoma School District. In 1973, she and Rich opened Lummi Island’s The Islander store. Operating “the store” until 1984, Lylene and Rich then opened a bakery in the Everett mall, and then operated a Bellingham-based landscaping business. After teaching at Whatcom Middle School from 1987-1989, Lylene joined Rich as a real estate broker. For almost thirty years, until her retirement in 2019, Lylene and Rich worked as real estate brokers at Gray Realtors, John L. Scott, and the Muljat Group.

From 1972-2002, Lylene and Rich lived on Lummi Island, where they raised their sons, Chandler, and Graham. In 2003, they moved to Edgemoor, where Lylene spent hours cultivating a beautiful garden and enjoying the birds at her many bird feeders.


Lylene was preceded in death by her parents, Lyle, and Verna. Lylene is survived by her husband of 56 years, Richard Johnson; her son Graham; her son Chandler and daughter-in-law Sophie Davies; her brother Clay Dickie; her brother Dyke Dickie and sister-in-law Gloria Dickie; and many wonderful extended family members and close friends.

All are invited to celebrate Lylene on February 16, 2024, at 1pm PST at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal in Bellingham, WA.

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In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Whatcom Hospice Foundation at

Celebration of Life

  • Date & Time: February 16, 2024 (1:00 PM)
  • Venue: Bellingham Cruise Terminal
  • Location: 355 Harris Ave Bellingham, WA 98225 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (360) 676-2500

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6 responses to Lylene Johnson

  1. Oh Rich, Chandler, & Graham, I am so sorry for your loss. Lylene was so special & the world will be a little dimmer without her. Surrounding you with love & light during this difficult time. Margaret Curry

  2. Greg Grant says:

    Rich and family
    Elizabeth and I are saddened about this news. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time.
    Lylene was a valuable, respected and professional realtor in this county and always enjoyed a great reputation. She was a credit to the industry. She will be missed. Blessings to the family.
    Greg and Elizabeth Grant

  3. Vaughn Hagen says:

    I’ve known Rich and Lylene for over 30 years. Theirs was truly a love story for the ages. They were perfect for each other. A team both in marriage and business. Lylyene was Rich’s rock. Loving, caring, and strong. Every life she touched is more richer for it. She will be dearly missed by all.

  4. Kristi Coy says:

    Lylene and Rich started in real estate and worked with us at Gray Realtors. Lylene was always such a bright spirit, a classy person and a top notch Realtor. This is sad for everyone who knew her as she was well respected. We’re so sorry for your loss. –Pete and Kristi Coy

  5. Scott Hume says:

    Rich and family,
    My deepest condolences on this sad news of Lylene’s passing. I so enjoyed our past dinners, evenings at the lake and the opportunity I’ve had to know her. My prayers are with you as you navigate life without her. She will be missed.

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