Louise Johnson, age 94, of Larimore, ND, passed away Tuesday January 28, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Society, Larimore.
Louise Elizabeth Johnson was born on December 6, 1919 in Angie, Louisiana to Benjamin Franklin Smith and Pearlie Emma Josephine Bradley Smith. She grew up with five brothers and one sister. In addition, both a brother and sister died in infancy.
Louise graduated Salutatorian of her High School class and moved to Jackson, Mississippi to attend business school and to do her part for the war effort. She worked her way through school as a waitress at Miss Pearls Tea Shoppe, and later sewing parachutes. After completing her courses she became a secretary.
Louise came to Christ of her own volition when she was 14, and was baptized in the river behind the Sandy Hook Baptist Church - the church where she would later marry the love of her life. She met Selmer O. (Sam) Johnson (a Norwegian from North Dakota) at a St. Patricks Day party at the YMCA where she was living at the time. They were soon engaged though they did not marry until Sam returned from WWII. During the three years Sam was in Northern Africa and Europe they corresponded daily. She knew him very well when they finally wed on September 30, 1945.
Sam and Louise took the train from Jackson, Mississippi to North Dakota. The trains were so crowded after WWII that they did not get to sit together until they reached Kansas City, Missouri. (What a honeymoon!) Louise could not believe it was even possible to get as cold as it got in North Dakota, though she soon acclimated. She learned to love lefse but never quite got lutefisk.
Louise was confirmed as a Lutheran and became active at Our Saviors Lutheran Church. She taught first grade Sunday School for 20 years. She was active in the Miriam and Morning Circles, and after retiring especially enjoyed sewing with the quilters for many years as well.
Louise was Secretary to the Superintendent and Manager of the Bookstore at Larimore High School for 25 years. She really enjoyed being around the students, teachers and activities at LHS.
Louise is survived by two sons: Van (Beverly Holweger) of Beulah, North Dakota and Dale of San Francisco, California, three grandsons and eight great grandchildren. She is also survived by an older brother, Clifton, of Moss Point, Mississippi.
Services will be held at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Larimore on Friday, January 31 at 10:00 AM.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the services in the church.
Interment: West Forest River Cemetery, Whitman, ND
Bakke Funeral Home, Larimore, ND
Online guestbook: www.bakkefuneralhomes.com