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Betty Lou Johnson, 90

Betty Lou Johnson, age 90, of Darwin, passed away Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, at her home.

She was born April 5, 1926, in Rothsay, the daughter of Leonard and Gladys (Lunder) Olson. Betty was baptized as an infant May 16, 1926, and was later confirmed in her faith as a youth May 5, 1940, both at Grace Lutheran Church in Ada.

Betty received her education in Ada, and was a graduate of the Ada High School class of 1944. She furthered her education by attending Concordia College in Moorhead, where she received a bachelor’s degree in education in 1948. Betty taught school for one year.

She was united in marriage to Neil Johnson June 12, 1949, at Grace Lutheran Church in Ada. This marriage was blessed with four children; Thomas, Mark, Michael, and Michele.

Betty and Neil resided in Darwin most of their married life. They shared 43 years of marriage, until Neil passed away in 1992.

A loving homemaker and mother, Betty was a charter member of All Saints Lutheran Church in Darwin, where she was very active and volunteered for many committees over the years. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, the PEO Sisterhood, the Hospital Auxiliary in Dassel and Darwin, Darwin Community Club, and the Darwin Town and Country Club.

Betty enjoyed golfing with Neil and their friends. She loved working in her yard, and spending time at the family cottage on Lake Stella.

Betty was very proud of Darwin and loved the Darwin community. Through the decades, she and her husband were very instrumental in the development of the community. Betty very much enjoyed attending the various community events. She was an avid sports fan of all the Minnesota teams, plus loved University of North Dakota hockey. She cherished the time she spent with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Betty is survived by her children, Thomas Johnson and his wife, Sue, of Winthrop, Mark Johnson and his wife, Cynthia of Darwin, Michael Johnson and his wife, Mitzi of Litchfield, and Michele Voecks of Paynesville; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a sister, Arlene Lundblad and her husband, Jerry, of Roseville, CA; brother-in-law Harold Childs of Alaska; nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husband, Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Gladys Olson; and sister-in-law Levia Childs.

Funeral services took place Monday, Nov. 21 at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Litchfield, with interment in All Saints Lutheran Cemetery in Darwin. The Rev. Joe Midthun officiated at the services; Shara Marquez was the organist; and soloist Sara Dollerschell sang “Amazing Grace,” and “The Lord’s Prayer.” Congregational hymns were “Beneath The Cross Of Jesus,” and “Borning Cry.”

Rachael Larson, Krysta Roemeling, and Abbey Voecks were honorary bearers.

Casket bearers were Richard Johnson, Bob Johnson, Josh Johnson, Chad Johnson, Jeb Johnson, Max Johnson, Zac Johnson, and Bryce Johnson.

Arrangements were with the Hantge Funeral Chapel of Darwin. Online obituaries and guest book available at www.hantge.com.

Memorials may be made to All Saints Lutheran Church in Darwin, and the Litchfield Area Hospice.

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