Elizabeth Marie Johnson, of Mora, died on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. She was 95 years old.
She was born Oct. 28, 1923 in Grass Lake Township, to Marguerite (McCall) and Theodore Becker. She grew up on a farm on the Snake River with her older brother Robert and younger sister Marion. She attended country school and later Mora High School, graduating in 1941. After graduating from high school, she attended St. Cloud Teacher’s College and then taught at country schools.
On June 23, 1946, she was united in marriage to her childhood neighbor, friend and soldier, Clifford Axel Johnson at Hillman Baptist Church. They raised three children, Gary, Lennie and Linda. She continued teaching until the birth of her children, while she and her husband also owned and operated the Warman Country Store. After her husband started his carpentry business, they moved to Mora. Missing the country life, they built their family home on Mud Lake in Quamba. The couple then opened Cliff’s Market in Grasston and purchased a home in town. She was employed by Land-O-Lakes, People’s Bank and Sheller Globe, where she finally retired.
She dedicated much of her time to Hope Lutheran Church in Grasston. She was also very active in the “goings-on” of Grasston and served as city clerk for many years. She enjoyed traveling with her husband in their motor home, was an avid fisher woman, kept beautiful flower gardens, always had a craft project going and was constantly baking. Her main focus in life was her family, and she spent time with her children and grandchildren on a daily basis.
After the death of her husband, she moved to Park Forest in Mora and spent the last few years of her life at Eastwood Senior Living where she was treated like a queen. She was loved by everyone she met. She was kind-hearted, quick-witted and easy going. She was the best wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend anyone could have ever asked for.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Cliff, stillborn children, Mary Ann, Tom and Daniel; grandson Jack; and brother Robert.
She is survived by sons, Gary and Lennie (Shelly); daughter Linda (Terry) Pierson; sister Marion (Jarvis) Struthers; grandchildren, Gary Lee, Michelle, Dale, Kelli, Brett, Lana, Jesse, Mandy, and Amber; many great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, in-laws, and friends.
A funeral service was held on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at the Hope Lutheran Church in Grasston with Rev. Dean Oelfke officiating. Music was provided by Karen Revak and Barb Seaton. Burial was in the Oakwood Cemetery in Mora. Arrangements were by the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora. Condolences may be posted at www.aifuneralhome.com.