Viola Marion Johnson, age 91, of Dassel, formerly of Litchfield, died Sunday, April 14, 2013, at the Dassel Lakeside Care Center.
She was born May 28, 1921, in Erwin, SD, the daughter of William and Ida (Smith) Robbins. Viola grew up in Erwin, SD, and graduated from Erwin High School in 1939.
After graduation, she moved to Minneapolis to work.
Viola married Raymond M. Johnson Jan. 15, 1942, in the home of the Rev. Reuben Youngdahl, who was the pastor of Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.
In 1949, Ray and Viola moved with their family to Litchfield and purchased Waller Drug. They owned Johnson Drug until 1980.
Viola and Ray lived in Mesa, AZ from 1980 to 1992, returning to Litchfield due to Ray’s failing health.
Viola enjoyed her many years in Litchfield as a wife, mother, and homemaker. She loved to play piano, read, knit, and cook. An avid Twins fan, she enjoyed watching their games on TV. She also enjoyed golf, bowling, and going out to eat and dancing afterwards.
During their years in Litchfield, Ray and Viola were members of Zion Lutheran Church.
Viola suffered a stroke in September of 2009, and became a resident of Lakeside Health Care Center in Dassel.
She is survived by her daughters, Sandra Grove of Alexandria, and Renva (Bruce) Lindquist of Dassel; son Gregory (Heidi) Johnson of Litchfield; grandchildren Clinton (Brenda) Lindquist, Heath Lindquist, Daniel (Shannon) Lindquist, Cathryn (Bob) Barker, Dusti (Brian) Berglund, and Jesse (Sarah) Johnson; 11 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Ida Robbins; husband Ray; five brothers; one sister; and a son-in-law.
A memorial service took place Saturday, June 1 at 11 a.m. at the Johnson-Hagglund Funeral Home in Litchfield, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment was in the Lake Ripley Cemetery.
Arrangements were handled by Johnson-Hagglund Funeral Home in Litchfield; online guestbook available at www.johnsonhagglund.com.