Wilma A. Johnson

Wilma A. Johnson

Wilma A. Johnson, 81-year-old resident of Freedhem,passed away suddenly Saturday, April 19, 2014, at St. Gabriels Hospital in Little Falls.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 25, at Grace Covenant Church in Little Falls with the Rev. Steve Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Freedhem Evangelical Cemetery in Freedhem. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls and one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church.
Wilma Anna (Veillette) Johnson was born Nov. 7, 1932, at Halls Hospital in Little Falls, to the late William and Anna (Yort) Veillette. She grew up in Little Falls (north end) where she attended Little Falls Hawthorne School and later graduated from Little Falls High School. Wilma was united in marriage to Clifford J. Johnson, Aug. 7, 1950, at Free Evangelical Church in Freedhem. They purchased the home farm from his father and later years added parcels of land. They farmed 450 acres northwest of Freedhem milking dairy cows and after 27 years changed to beef. She loved the outdoors, field work, driving tractor, raking hay, filling silo, combining and gardening. She was a stay-at-home mother and devoted her time to raising six children (until they were in school). Was an active member of Free Evangelical Church in Freedhem. Sunday school teacher for thirty years. Worked with Vacation Bible School and was on the church board. Member of Lydia Circle and a Gideon member 50 years. Free Evangelical Church Cemetery sexton and caretaker. Was a cancer survivor in 2001, would do anything to help anybody and a very caring person. Wilma worked at St. Gabriels Hospital, Morrison County Sheriffs Department, Pine Edge Inn, St. Camillus Place, Employment Enterprises, Pierz Villa, Harmony House, Pierz and Little Falls and part-time making pies at Pioneer Restaurant in Pierz. Her nickname was the Pie Lady. She collected dolls, spoons, cups, plates, miniature tractors and WWII planes. She did a lot of volunteering:4-H for 36 years and also a key leader, campfire leader, taught AARP 55 alive for 18 years, served as president of P.T.A. for Lindbergh, Lincoln and Freedhem School, charter member of Spirit of 76 Toastmistress, Sunshine Home Makers, Lincoln and Freedhem P.T.A. She holds a certificate in EMT, TMA, CNA, Home Health Aid, First Responder, Fire Warden 50 years for the DNR and a weather reporter for Chanhassen Weather Station. Love to decorate according to seasons of the year, faithful in reading Bible, love to cook and entertain guest, ride 4 wheeler, loved animals, in youth was excellent in ice and roller skating. She especially loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Cliff and Wilma traveled to many places with their children after Cliffs passing she loved traveling with her grandchildren. She had hard times and good times but always praised the Lord for everything. After closing of the Free Evangelical Church she joined Grace Covenant Church. She was involved in Fireside Fellowship, singles group and served on committees, helped with Operation Christmas Child (Shoe Box) and St. Cloud international student with son Berry. She was involved in a missionary trip to Jamaica in 2004.
Wilma A. Johnson is survived by sons, Loren (Kathy) Johnson of Baxter, Scott (Diane) Johnson of Freedhem, Barry Johnson and friend, Sherry of Little Falls and Terry (Brenda) Johnson of Little Falls; daughters, Jeneva (Jim) Bellefeuille of Royalton and Shelah (Anthony) Sewell of Little Falls; 16 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Wilma was preceded in death by husband, Clifford in 1987; parents, William and Anna Veillette; brother, Frank Veillette; two grandsons, Wesley Jason Johnson and baby boy Johnson.

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