Virginia “Ginger” Louise Reeves Johnson, born in Houston on October 22, 1955, passed away suddenly as a result of an auto accident on December 3, 2015.  She is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Joel “Joe” Martin Johnson; daughters Lila Lee Tenenbown and Katy Randolph, and granddaughter Lila Rose Randolph.

Ginger graduated from Lamar High School in Houston then moved to Austin where she attended The University of Texas, earning a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a masters’ degree in Science Education.

Ginger taught chemistry at Lake Travis High School for nearly 25 years and was chair of the science department. She loved her student-scientists, those who were naturally interested and those who developed a passion under the loving and watchful eyes of their teacher, mentor, and friend. Ginger loved being in the lab mixing up chemicals. She liked loud bangs and lots of smoke.  Surprisingly competitive for herself and her students, Ginger would anxiously await their AP scores and UIL results each year, taking pride in every child’s accomplishments.

Ultimately, Ginger’s happiest times were spent with her family, remodeling the house with her husband, cooking with her daughters, and in the last six weeks, snuggling with her new granddaughter Lila Rose.  Ginger loved people, parties, and her home to be filled with her friends, family, and especially the friends of her children.

Ginger was a strong, vibrant and joyous person who always had a smile, a kind word, and open arms.

A memorial honoring Ginger was held Sunday, Dec. 6 at the LTHS PAC. You can view the event in its entirety on the LT Event Films YouTube channel, linked here:

Condolences and remembrances are welcomed by the family and should be sent to Katy Johnson Randolph at                            

(contributed by the Johnson family, edited by LTISD)