Audrey I. Johnson, 85Published 9:23am Wednesday, July 10, 2013 Updated 11:29am Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Audrey (Anderson) Johnson was born Feb. 28, 1928, to Alfred and Irene (Zimmerman) Anderson. Audrey grew up on a farm outside of Rothsaywith six brothers and three sisters. She attended grade school in Rothsay and high school in Fergus Falls. She worked as an x-ray technician at the Lake Region Hospital in Fergus Falls.
She married Eugene I. Johnson on Nov. 3, 1946. They moved to Barnesville in 1952, and lived there until Gene died in 2002.
Her full time job was being a mother, but she worked part time at the Super Valu grocery store they owned, the Library in the Barnesville High School, Barnesville Savings and Loan Association and Johnson Insurance and Real Estate.
She and Gene had 3 daughters, Rebecca, Barbara and Lorrie. Rebecca, the oldest, was tragically killed by a car at age 4.
Audrey attended Our Savior s Lutheran Church and was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.
She and Gene enjoyed music and loved to dance. She was an avid reader and also enjoyed spending time with family and friends in Barnesville and at their lake home, Cozy Point, on Long Lake near Fergus Falls.
Audrey continued to live in Barnesville until 2004. Her declining health brought her to Park Gardens Assisted Living and Broen Memorial Home in Fergus Falls, before her move to Eventide Nursing Home in Moorhead.
She is survived by two daughters, Barb, (Bruce) Lapka of Brainerd, and Lorrie (Mark) Carlson of Moorhead; eight grandchildren, Josh (Prudence) Anderson of Los Angeles, Calif., Jeremy Anderson (and his friend Samantha) of Brainerd, Tyler (Brandy) Carlson of Moorhead, and Elisha Carlson of Moorhead and Bruce Lapka’s children, Justin Lapka, Minneapolis Monte (Cheyenne) Lapka, New York City, N.Y., Marco (Queenie) Lapka, Tawain, and Sunny (Brandon) Mass, Brainerd; and five great-grandchildren, Gavin and Jasmine Carlson, Sydney and Taylor Anderson, and Saywer Liao; two sisters, Avis (Russ) Lindquist of Boulder, Colo., and LaVerne (Neal) Morstad of Fergus Falls; three brothers, Russell Anderson of Rothsay, Merle (Mavis) Anderson of Anoka and Darrel (Jane) Anderson of Fergus Falls; three surviving sisters-in-law, Audrey Anderson, Beverly Anderson and Bonnie Anderson; and many nieces, nephews and dear and treasured friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene; a daughter, Rebecca; a sister, Adelore; and three brothers, Alden, Irvin and Dennis.
Audrey was a light to the world wherever she went. She had a sparkle about her with her big brown eyes, warm smile and sense of humor. Her family meant everything to her and those memories from times spent together will be cherished.
Memorials are preferred to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Barnesville, Broen Home in Fergus Falls, Eventide Nursing Home in Moorhead, or any favorite charity that is making a difference in our lives.
Celebration of Life is planned at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Olson Funeral Home in Fergus Falls.