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Betty I. Johnson, 91

Betty Irene (Compton) Johnson, age 91, of Litchfield, died Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, at Meeker Manor in Litchfield.

She was born Aug. 17, 1926, in Dassel, the daughter of Edmund and Esther (Russell) Compton. Betty grew up in Dassel, where she attended school and was baptized in the Christian faith.

Betty was united in marriage to Richard A. Johnson Aug. 15, 1942, in Lebanon, MO. The couple made their home in Hutchinson.

In 1948, they moved to a farm in Kimball, where Betty resided until 2012. For the past five years, Betty has been in the care of others.

For 25 years, Betty was employed by Fingerhut in Annandale, and later Saint Cloud.

She was a 50-year member of the Kimball American Legion Auxiliary, and had been an active member of the Kimball Church of Christ Ladies Aid.

Betty loved her family dearly and was actively supportive in the care of her grandchildren. She was a great baker and made many treats for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She also enjoyed spending time outside in her garden, planting and taking care of her flowers, and was a talented seamstress, and embroiderer.

Betty and Richard loved to travel in their motorhome and had taken many trips around the country, traveling twice to Alaska.

Betty is survived by her daughters, Sherry Schliesing of Howard Lake, Janice (Rick) Schutz of Cold Spring, Jackie (Paul) Ruhland of Minnetonka, Betty Lee Johnson of Grove City, and Wanda (Steve) Olk of Montrose; 11 grandchildren; three step grandchildren; 31 great- grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She is further survived by a sister, Esther Klima of Cokato; brother-in-law Lowell Gillman of Cokato, sisters-in-law, Judy Compton of Burnsville, and Lotta Compton of Oklahoma; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Richard; three children, Karen Johnson, Stevie Johnson, and Mike Johnson; parents, Edmund and Esther Compton; and siblings, Alice Compton, Edward Compton, Mildred Carlen, Hazel Dallmann, Wally Compton, Robert Compton, and Sadie Gillman.

Her funeral service took place Monday, Jan. 15 at 11 a.m. at the Church of Christ in Kimball, followed by interment at the Dassel Community Cemetery in Dassel.

There was visitation at the church Sunday, Jan. 14 from 4 to 8 p.m., continuing Monday, one hour prior to the service.

Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home of Dassel.

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