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Vera Ella Johnson

Vera Ella Johnson, age 96, of Touchet, Wash., passed away Jan. 1, 2002, at Country View Senior Care, Touchet.

Vera was born April 9, 1905, in Howard Lake, the daughter of John and Ella (Eddy) Custer. She graduated from West High School in Minneapolis and attended two years at St. Cloud Teachers College in St. Cloud. She chose her profession as an elementary school teacher, and retired in June, 1969.

Vera was united in marriage to Erland C. Johnson May, 1926 in Hutchinson. Erland passed away in 1970.

Through the years, Vera made hundreds of pieced quilts and rugs. She canned and froze much produce from their own garden. She enjoyed reading and writing, and had several of her articles published in church publications. She had the gift of hospitality and loved to entertain friends in her home for dinner.

She was very generous and paid the tuition for many children to attend private church school who would otherwise not have been able to attend. She also generously gave to many church-related organizations.

Vera was a member of Bemidji Seventh-day Adventist Church, Bemidji, where she served for years in the community service center. She lived in both Bemidji and Hutchinson before moving to Touchet in October, 1999.

She was preceded in death by her husband; a daughter, LouWana Lang; and a son, Clayton Johnson.

Vera is survived by two daughters, Beverly Ann Lamon and Patricia Hope Burghart, both of College Place, Wash.; and a son, Wayne R. Johnson, also of College Place; 15 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and eight nieces and nephews.

Inurnment will be at a later date in Pony Lake Cemetery, Bemidji. Memorial contributions can be made to Bemidji Seventh-day Adventist Church in care of Mountain View Funeral Chapel, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362.

Arrangements were entrusted to Mountain View Funeral Chapel.

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