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Marjorie Johnson

Dec. 6, 1923-Oct. 14, 2009

Marjorie L. Johnson, 85, of Lake Park, died on Wednesday, October 14, 2009, at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes.

Marjorie L. Nelson was born to Maynard and Tilla (Teigen) Nelson on December 6, 1923, near Rollag. She graduated from Lake Park High School in 1942 and then worked as a "Rosie the Riveter" in a defense plant in Michigan. She returned to Lake Park and married Carl T. Johnson in 1950, and they made their home in Lake Park.

Marjorie worked at the Community Co-op of Lake Park for 35 years, serving as bookkeeper and office manager. In 1965 she was appointed to the Lake Park Board of Education, where she served for over 20 years, including a term as president.

In 1971 she was appointed to Minnesota School Boards Association where she held various offices including president. She was later appointed to the Minnesota State Board of Education and served as president there. She was elected to the National School Boards Association and also served there as president.

Following her time of service in education, Marjorie was elected as Becker County Commissioner, and served for two terms. She also served on the Lake Agassiz Regional Library Board, Sunnyside Nursing Home Board, Lakeland Mental Health Board, Becker County Historical Society Museum Board and was a lifelong active member of Lake Park Lutheran Church.

She also served as a volunteer listener at the Lake Park-Audubon Schools. She was a member of Royal Neighbors and the Lake Park American Legion Auxilliary. Her life was spent in service to others and she had a great love for family and friends. She will be dearly missed.

Surviving Marjorie are her sons, Ted (Pam) Johnson of Red Wing, Minn., and Tom (Anita) Johnson of Park River, N.D.; two brothers, Clayton (Wanda) Nelson of Detroit Lakes and John (Pat) Nelson of Audubon; seven sisters, Maxine Grani, Jessie Ullrich, Jeanette (Russell) Biewer and Denise Erickson, all of Lake Park, Rudella (Doug) Wermager of Audubon, Connie (Max) Baer, also of Lake Park and Karen (Curt) Hanson of Moorhead; and three grandchildren, Elizabeth, Erica and Brett.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Carl; and her brother, Lyle.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, with a prayer service at 6 p.m., in Wright Funeral Home, Lake Park. Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009 at Lake Park Lutheran Church, Lake Park, with interment following in the church cemetery. Memorials may be given to Lake Park Lutheran Church. There is a video tribute and online guest book available at