Evelyn Lucille “Evie” Johnson, 94 years of Bertrand, Nebraska (formerly of Overton, Nebraska) passed away on Monday, August 29th, 2016, at the Bertrand Nursing Home.
Evelyn was born June 11th, 1922, on a farm three miles west of Holdrege, in Phelps County, Nebraska, the youngest of 13 children born to Harry John and Amanda Lydia (Lundberg) Johnson. Evie received her primary education at District #39 Industry School in Phelps County through the eighth grade and then graduated from Holdrege High School with the class of 1940.
Following her education, Evie began her working career at Sehnert’s Bakery, the Dickerson Drug Store, and then Northwestern Bell Telephone Company. On May 30th, 1945 she was united in marriage to Roy B. “Bud” Johnson at Phillipsburg, Kansas and to this union four children were born: Pat, Richard, Kit and Rex. Bud and Evie engaged in farming south of Overton for thirty years until his retirement in 1982. After their retirement from farming, Evie was employed by the Bertrand Nursing Home from 1982-2004 in the Dietary Department. On December 21st, 2008, Evie was preceded in death by Bud. In 2010, Evie began to make her home in Assisted Living at the Bertrand Nursing Home.
Evie was a member of the Westmark Evangelical Free Church, where she taught Sunday school, served as Sunday school Superintendent and was active with the Women’s Ministry Society and White Cross. She was also a member of the Silver Thimble Extension Club for many years, where she formed many friendship bonds. In addition, Evie also loved to crochet in her spare time.
Evie leaves to celebrate her life; one daughter, Pat Dunlap of Omaha, Nebraska; three sons: Richard Johnson and his wife, Bonnie of Half Moon Bay, California, Kit Johnson and his wife, Gloria of Shelton, Nebraska and Rex Johnson and his wife, Chris of Overton; seven grandchildren: Andrew Dunlap and his wife, Megan, Aaron Dunlap and his wife, Amy, Kaj Johnson and his wife, Sarah, Marc Johnson and his wife, Stephanie, Amanda Ellis and her husband, T.J., Ethan Johnson and his fiance, Caroline Hiltner and Justin Johnson; two step-grandchildren: Michael Berumen and his wife, Sabrina and Julie Ann Robles and her husband, Jon; seven great-grandchildren: Emma and Aidan Dunlap, Adelia, Aaralyn and Ace Dunlap and Maxine and Rune Johnson; six step great-grandchildren: Linzie, Kylie and Jon Berumen and Kyle, Korah and Kage Ellis; one step great-great granddaughter, Lilly Alyana Berumen; sister-in-law, Erma Kelly of Minnesota and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Besides her husband, Bud; Evie was preceded in death by her parents; son-in-law, David Dunlap; eight sisters: Florence Erickson and her husband, Allen, Margaret Richardson and her husband, W.L., Helen Johnson and her husband, Carl, Ruth Johnson, Edna Ibsen and her husband, Art, Esther Dahlgren and her husband, Paul, Alice Anderson and her husband, Dale, and Jeanne Johnson and her husband, Alwyn; four brothers: Harold “Bud” Johnson and his wife, Bernice, Paul Johnson and his wife, Ruth, James Johnson and his wife, Eleanor and Sterling Johnson and his wife, Helen; brothers-in-law: Morris Johnson at 16 years of age and Kerwood Kelly and sister-in-law, Dorothy Johnson.
Evie’s visitation will be held at the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege on Monday, September 5th, 2016, from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. with the family greeting from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Funeral Services for Evie Johnson will be conducted from the Westmark Evangelical Free Church north of Loomis, Nebraska, on Tuesday, September 6th, 2016, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Mike Hellum, officiating.
Following the traditional visitation and funeral, cremation will take place and a private family interment will be at a later date in the Sandstrom Cemetery in rural Bertrand.
A memorial has been established in Evie’s honor and kindly suggested to the Westmark Evangelical Free Church of rural Loomis or the Bertrand Nursing Home.
Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com
The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of the arrangements.