Thelma Ingrid (Jensen) Johnson died on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, at the St. Clare’s Living Community in Mora. She was 90 years old.
She was born on June 18, 1929, in Atlantic, Iowa to Jens P. and Elna Sofie (Hansen) Jensen. She grew up on the family farm in Exira, Iowa and Mora the fourth of seven siblings. She attended schools in Iowa and Mora graduating in 1946. After high school she went to St. Cloud Teachers College for two years. She taught school from 1948-1966 beginning at Sandstone, for two years, St. Louis Park for one year and Breckenridge for seven years. She then attended the Universities in Duluth, Moorhead and Fullerton, California.
She met Don Johnson from Fort Ransom, North Dakota on a college bus tour and they were united in marriage on June 9, 1957, in Breckenridge, Minnesota. From 1957-59 she taught in Duluth, before moving to La Habra, California, where she taught from 1959 to 1966.
In 1966 they adopted their first child, Elna Therese, and in 1970 they adopted their second child, Marshall Abner. In 1998 they moved to Mora; then to Aitkin in 2016 and back to Mora in 2017.
She was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church in Duluth, Emanuel Lutheran Church in La Habra, California and Calvary Lutheran Church in Mora. She served as president, vice president, secretary and treasurer of the women’s group. She was a Bible study leader and a circle leader. She was also a member of the Dala Heritage Club in Mora and Sons of Norway in California and Minnesota.
She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She will be missed by family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Mabel Eddy; brothers, Alvin and Paul Jensen; sisters-in-law, Dorothy and LaVonne Jensen; brothers-in-law Roy Wendberg, Neale Eddy; and nephew, Richard Jensen.
She is survived by her husband, Don Johnson of Mora; daughter, Elna (Vince) Drake of Lake Point, Utah; son, Marshall Johnson of Horizon City, Texas; six grandchildren; six great- grandchildren; brothers, Floyd (Marilyn) Jensen, Norman (Doris) Jensen; sister, Sonja (Archie) Zellman all of Mora; plus several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Mora with Pastor Oelfke officiating. Music provided by Jacki Peterson, James Williams and Sally Ahlgren. Inurnment will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are by the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora.