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Carol Johnson

Carol Johnson

Dec. 3, 1929-Aug. 24, 2014

Carol E. Johnson, 84, of Detroit Lakes, died Sunday, August 24, 2014 at Ecumen-Emmanuel Nursing Home, Detroit Lakes.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31 in First Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes, with visitation for one hour prior to services. Officiating will be Reverend Wade Dutton. Interment will take place in Lund Lutheran Cemetery, rural Detroit Lakes.

Carol Elizabeth (Omundson) Johnson was born to Stephen and Anne (Hoghaug) Omundson on December 3, 1929 in Detroit Lakes. She grew up in Detroit Lakes, graduating High School in 1947.

Carol was united in marriage to Donald Johnson on Sept. 27, 1951 at First Lutheran Church. For 30 years, Don and Carol worked the Johnson family farm in Richwood Township while raising their six children. Together they embraced all the joys and challenges farm life presented.

One of Carol's fondest memories of farm life was the years she and Don spent as Key Leaders for the Bakke Boosters 4-H Club. She would reminisce about "fair time" and all the preparations like it was a holiday all on its own.

Carol enjoyed singing in Sweet Adeline quartets and spent over 30 years as the organist at Lund Lutheran Church. Having grown up singing around the piano with her mother and siblings, Carol carried that through with her own children. Family gatherings were always complete when there was a gathering of generations singing around the piano.

Carol's faith and love of the Lord was "childlike" and so clearly evident in the way she served others with the same grace she was daily granted. She had an amazing attitude and outlook on life, always putting a positive spin on any situation. She gifted her family and friends with endless hospitality, making sure there were always fresh baked goods made with love for them to enjoy and handmade quilts to keep them warm.

Carol always had time for her grandchildren. She loved nothing more than rocking babies and eventually teaching them to play the games she loved so well, gin rummy and Chinese checkers. She was described by her grandchildren as "the nicest, most caring, loving and peaceful individual known to them, a true example of just how simple and fulfilling life really can be."

Surviving Carol are her two daughters, JuliAnne (Nathan) Skrove of Northfield and Jeanne Johnson Bowden (Nevin Tergesen) of Geneseo, N.D.; three sons, Stephen Johnson, James Johnson and Daniel "Scruff" (Michelle) Johnson, all of Detroit Lakes; daughter-in-law, Vikki Johnson of Detroit Lakes; grandchildren Marshall, Jesse, Casey, Karli, Josh, Chelsey, Lukas, Dalton, Jessica, Angela, Alex, Andrew, Danny, Samantha, Nevada, Sierra, AddieKay and Elizabeth; and 10 great grandchildren.

Preceding Carol in death were her parents; her husband Don (2005); and her son, Douglas Johnson (2013).