Erma G. Johnson

Friday, October 3, 2008

June 15, 1913 - Oct. 2, 2008

GENOA -- Erma G. Johnson, 95, of St. Edward, died Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008, at Cloverlodge Care Center.

Visitation will be from 3 - 5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008, with a prayer service at 5 p.m., at Patrick Funeral Chapel in Genoa. Rev. Juliet Rasi will officiate.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m.,. Monday, Oct. 6, 2008, at the Kanona Cemetery in Decatur County, Kan.

Mrs. Johnson was born June 15, 1913, on a farm north of Clayton in Norton County, Kan., to Fred and Nora (Pease) Garton who were pioneers of Norton. Erma was born in a farm house on the same place where her mother had been born in a sod house.

In the third grade she moved to Norton, where she attended Norton Schools graduating from Norton Community High School. She then attended Fort Hays Kansas State College, majoring in Home Economics.

On Nov. 25, 1934, she married Francis Johnson at his uncle Oscar Brown's home in Ellis, Kan. Their first home was a farm home on the Johnson family farm near Kanona, in Decatur County.

Francis was a pioneer in radio technology and they made their living in this way and by boarding two school teachers in a four-room house.

In 1936, they built a movie theater in Danbury, Neb., and moved to the community. Her husband, Francis was drafted during World War II. After the war they remained in Danbury and started farming in Decatur County.

In 1975, they retired and spent time in Oberlin and Apache Junction, Ariz. They moved to the Cottonwood House in Columbus, Neb., in 1998.

Erma was a homemaker for 67 years of their marriage. Her husband, Francis passed away on Jan. 5, 2002, in Genoa. Erma continued to live at Cottonwood House until moving to Cloverlodge Care Center in St. Edward.

She was a member of Prairie Hill Methodist Church, American Legion Auxiliary, Eastern Star and an Extension Club called the H.I.C. Club of which she was a charter member.

She enjoyed reading (especially Louis L'amour), family and local history, television news and crocheting.

Survivors include one daughter, Judy Nelson of Monroe; two grandsons, John and (Susan Howser) Nelson of Monroe, Darren (Stacy McGuinn) Nelson of St. Edward; two great-grandchildren, Courtney and Andrew Nelson of Monroe; one brother, Lee and wife, Jackie Garton of Topeka, Kan.; and one sister-in-law, Lois Garton of Arapahoe, Neb.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; son-in-law, Darrell Nelson; two brothers, Denton and wife, Helen Garton and Dale Garton; and one sister, Bea and husband, Aud Thompson.