Beverly Jean Johnson, 87, of Murdock, died Friday, July 29th at Prairie Sr. Cottage in Willmar. Her funeral service will be at 11:00 am, Thursday, August 4th at Hope Lutheran Church in Sunburg. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 pm, Wednesday at the church and continue one hour prior to her service. Burial will be at Hillside Cemetery in Kerkhoven. Memorials are preferred to Carris Health Hospice. Beverly’s family would like to thank all of her caregivers for their loving care, especially the staff at Carris Health Hospice. Arrangements are with Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar, www.hafh.org
Beverly Jean Johnson was born April 13, 1935, to Martin and Rosella (Stai) Grove in Kerkhoven. She was baptized and later confirmed at West Lake Lutheran Church. She grew up on her parents farm where she helped raise her younger sister. At an early age, Beverly started singing with her sisters, they were known as the “Grove Girls,” and enjoyed singing anywhere they could. Beverly attended District 22 Country School before graduating from Kerkhoven High School in 1953. She continued her education at St Cloud State and also Concordia. On September 22, 1956, Beverly was united in marriage to Donald Johnson at West Lake Lutheran Church. They rented a farm in Kerkhoven, before Donald bought their farm in Sunburg without Beverly knowing! They were members of Kerkhoven Lutheran Church before joining Hope Lutheran Church. Beverly was an active member and enjoyed singing in the choir and also being the choir director. Beverly also enjoyed taking pictures and videos, dancing with Don, and teaching piano lessons. Over the years she taught 75 young adults how to play the piano! She was a loving wife, mom, grandma and friend.
Beverly is survived by her husband, Donald; children: Rodney (special friend, Missy) Johnson of Kerkhoven, Rita (Jay) Howell of Peoria, AZ, Brad Johnson of Meza, AZ, and Jill (Wayne) Smith of Atwater; grandchildren: Michael, Bryan, Cindy, Ashley, and Jed; and step-grandchildren: Corey, Josh and Angie; 12 great-grandchildren; and siblings: Vonnie (Dave) Velin of Shoreview, WA, Sharon Brown of New London, and Barb Henry of Maricova, AZ.
She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Cindy in infancy, and brother-in-law, Duane Brown.