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Helen Emma (Mills) Johnson

December 28, 1930 ~ September 12, 2021 (age 90)


Helen E. Johnson, 90, of Fergus Falls died at Lake Region Healthcare on Sunday, September 12, 2021.

Helen Emma was born on December 28, 1930, in Monson Township, Traverse County, the daughter of George and Elsie (Augspurger) Mills. She was baptized and confirmed at Wheaton Presbyterian Church. Helen graduated from Wheaton High School in 1948, where she was Valedictorian of her class. 

On September 14, 1952, she married Raymond D. Johnson. They were blest with a son, Gary Lee. The couple farmed in Monson and Redpath Townships of Traverse County from 1948 to 1990 while Helen worked as a legal secretary for Johanson, Winter & Lundquist Law Firm from 1948-1968. She worked as a secretary and Deputy Sheriff for Traverse County from 1968 – 1978. Helen worked as bookkeeper and appliance sales for her son at Gary’s Refrigeration and Air Conditioning from 1980-1990.  In 1997 they moved to their home in Elbow Lake where they lived until moving to Fergus Falls in 2009. In 2014, Helen moved to the Village Co-op Apartments in Fergus Falls. Helen was a board member and lifetime member of the Traverse County Museum in which she was instrumental in starting.

Helen enjoyed her flowers and gardens, canning vegetables, snowmobiling up north with family and camping and fishing at Tipsinah Mounds.  In 1977, Helen and Raymond travelled to Sweden to visit Raymond’s cousin.

Preceding her in death were her parents, George and Elsie Mills; husband, Raymond D. Johnson in 2013, a sister, Irene (Dwain) Leversee; a brother, Ira (Hazel) Mills and sister-in-law, Leona Mills.

Survivors include a son, Gary Lee (Kathy “Kay”) Johnson of Fergus Falls; step grandchildren, Tummara (Mike Norgren) Holm, Tay (Stacy Wilde) Holm and Autumn (Todd) Banks; great grandchildren, Shadow (Bryan) Avery, Harmony Holm and Braydon Roman; great-great grandchildren, Paul and Ember Rose Avery; three godchildren, Sandra Bernard, Terry Sather and Linette Lupkes; special pen pals, Jodi Shimp, Apphia Zink and Tammy Madsen along with many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Visitation:  One hour prior to the service at the church.

Service:  11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 25, 2021, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls.

Clergy:  Pastor Dale Hexum   

Interment:  Wildwood Cemetery, Wheaton, Minnesota at a later date

Arrangements by Glende-Nilson Funeral Home ~ Fergus Falls

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September 25, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Good Shepherd Lutheran Brethren Church in Fergus Falls

Memorial Service
September 25, 2021

11:00 AM
Good Shepherd Lutheran Brethren Church in Fergus Falls

Video is available for this event

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