Jillaine “Jill” Kay Johnson died peacefully on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, with her dearest love, Galen, by her side. She was 71 years old.
She was born on Feb. 24, 1948, in Rush City to Harold and Winnie (Danger) Johnson. She grew up with three brothers and one sister. She attended school from 1954 to 1966. In 1968 she married Lennie Johnson and became the beloved mother of Dale, Brett and Jack.
In 1980 she met a dear and devoted man, Galen Graber, who took loving care of her. The couple spent the last 39 years together on the farm raising their children and grandchildren.
She worked at Lakes and Pines for 33 years as an Energy Housing Administrative Assistant. She lived with gratitude and generosity. Her selfless acts were in abundance, dropping everything to take care of someone else. She made everyone feel special and loved. The whistle of a “Toot-Too” when you walked through the door was the evidence that “Grandma JJ” already knew you were there. It’s hard to convey how much she loved and appreciated time with her family.
She enjoyed unique and rustically elegant items. She patiently saved up her hard earned dollars in anticipation of a purchase to give to her loved ones as gifts or to adorn her and Galen’s farm. She loved her flower gardens and enjoyed picking a bouquet or digging up plants to share with family and friends. Her kind and gentle spirit will remain with all those she loved. We will mourn her passing but celebrate her life and long awaited reunion with her son, Jack. God has you in heaven; we have you in our hearts.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Jack and other loved ones.
She is survived by her dear Galen Graber; sons, Dale (Kimberlee) Johnson and Brett Johnson; Galen’s daughter, Angie (Dave) Gillette; grandchildren, Hayden, Gage, Brylee and Jace Johnson, and Dalton and Austin Gillette; brothers, Gerald, Verlyn (Kathy) and Wayne “TT” (Joanne) Johnson; sister, Jackie (Wayne) and many other family members and friends.
In keeping with the simplicity of living life with those she loved, Jill has requested a private and simple graveside service. Arrangements by Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora. Condolences may be posted at www.aifuneralhome.com.