Betty Joleen Johnson, age 80 of Donnelly, Minnesota, passed away at her residence on Sunday, October 11, 2020.

Private funeral for Betty Johnson will be on Thursday, October 15, 2020, at Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris, MN.

Public burial for Betty Johnson will be in Vinger Cemetery, rural Donnelly, MN, at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 15, 2020.

There will be a live stream of Betty’s service starting at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 15, 2020. To view the service on the Pedersen Funeral Home website, scroll to the bottom of Betty’s page and click the link. The Old #1 will also be playing the livestream of the service.

Betty was born and raised in Morris, MN, to Leona Jesse (William) and Ray Nils Johnson. She was baptized in November of 1940 and confirmed in 1962 by Pastor Bunge at St. John’s Lutheran Church. She attended District 67, Pepperton Township and Donnelly Public Schools. She graduated from Morris High School in 1959. One night when Betty went roller skating, she met the love of her life, Clifford Johnson. They were united in marriage on the sunny day of June 16, 1962, and were happily married for the next 58 years. Throughout those years, they had three boys: Richard, Kevin, and Alan. They built their life and family on the local farm for over 50 years. She spent most of her days as a housewife helping with chores, farming, and taking care of the family. Later in her life, she worked as a food demonstrator and enjoyed the company and conversations of others during those days. Betty was also an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church along with working with the ladies of the church.

Betty was known to be a social butterfly. While she enjoyed pets, animals, gardening, old music, and attending festivals, her favorite activities mainly included visiting with people, playing cards, square dancing, and impressing bystanders while dancing Polka with Cliff. She will be dearly missed as a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend.


Survived by her husband: Clifford Johnson of Donnelly, MN; sons:
Richard (Karen) Johnson of Morris, MN, Kevin (Shelley) Johnson of Morris, MN, and Alan (Karrie) Johnson of Osakis, MN; grandchildren: Justin (Brittany) Kratz of Wahpeton, ND, Kristina Johnson of Grand Forks, ND, ShayLynn Johnson of Wilmar, MN, and Kalley Johnson of Sauk Rapids, MN; her great-grandchildren: Kristopher Kratz and Knute Kratz; and nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents: Leona Jesse (William) and Ray Nils Johnson; sisters: Dorothy Achterling and Deloris Christians; and her brother: Ray Alfred Johnson.

Arrangements are with Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris, MN.


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