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Beatrice Johnson, 92

Beatrice Johnson, age 92, of Cokato, passed away Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012.

She was born and grew up in French Lake Township, one of three daughters of Fredolph and Ida (Brattstrom) Nelson.

Her education was completed at Happy Corners School, after which she worked as a housekeeper for a farm family near Knapp.

Beatrice married Gordon Johnson in 1939. That union began a loving partnership that lasted nearly 60 years.

Beatrice and Gordon farmed together in the Cokato area and raised three children, Marilyn, Carol, and Michael.

As with many farm wives of that time, Beatrice was a true partner, sharing in all of the work; milking, feeding, putting up hay, and of course, she did all of the cooking and housework, as well. For several years, Gordon worked off the farm as a carpenter, and her responsibility for the farm work increased.

Through all of her life, Beatrice’s disposition and character were simply among the best. Kind and generous, she loved to visit with friends and family.

Beatrice read a good deal and was interested in new ideas. She responded to all of the challenges she faced in life with strength and grace, making her own decisions regarding their solution.

She had a strong faith in her Lord, and was a member of North Crow River Lutheran Church for many years.

After Gordon’s death in 1998, Beatrice stayed a few years longer on the farm, and then made the decision to move to Edgewood Gables in Cokato. Beatrice readily embraced this new opportunity for making friends, and quickly became an active participant in the life of that community. She especially enjoyed the regular sessions of games and card playing with her special friends at Edgewood, and continued to live in her home there until her death.

Beatrice is survived by her children, Marilyn (Alan) Anderson, Carol (Lynn) Sebion, and Michael (Diane) Johnson; eight grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, Gordon, Beatrice was preceded in death by two sisters, Ruby Lindquist and Grace Johnson.

Funeral services were Saturday, Sept. 22 at 11 a.m. at North Crow River Lutheran Church in Knapp.

The Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato handled the arrangements.