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Funeral services were held for Elizabeth "Betty" Johnson, 88, on Feb. 1 at Trinity Lutheran Church in New York Mills, with Pastor Adam Osier and Pastor Kirk Douglas officiating. Pallbearers were Scott Knoepke, Aaron Johnson, Andrew Johnson, Matthew Johnson, Mike Roberts and Brent Nagel. The hymns were sung by the congregation, accompanied by Janell Brakel. Betty was laid to rest in Greenwood Cemetery, New York Mills.

Elizabeth Jean Roberts was born on May 14, 1925 at home in Bluffton Township, rural New York Mills, to Aaron and Dorothy (Burrell) Roberts. Betty grew up on the family farm and attended country school at District #175 in Homestead Township. She graduated from the New York Mills High School with the class of 1943. Betty continued her education at the Minnesota School of Business in Minneapolis.

On June 9, 1945, Betty was united in marriage with Everett Gust Johnson at Nazareth Lutheran Church, Davies, in Homestead Township. Betty and Everett made their home and farmed their entire life in Homestead Township. They took mission trips to the Holy Lands and to Brazil. Betty enjoyed flowers, gardening, knitting and sewing for Missions. She was a member of the Gideon Auxiliary. Betty passed away peacefully on Jan. 28, 2014 at her home in Homestead Township, rural New York Mills. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

Preceding Betty in death was her husband, Everett Johnson of New York Mills; her parents; sisters, Dorothy and Phyllis; and brothers, Bruce and Lory.

Betty is survived by her two daughters, Cynthia (Ken) Knoepke of Spring Lake Park and Miriam (Dan Knutson) Johnson of Minneapolis; three sons, Gary (Meg) Johnson of Lake Elmo, Stephen (Lynn) Johnson of New York Mills and Timothy (Alison Kirwin) Johnson of Inver Grove Heights; six grandchildren, Jennifer (Brent), Scott, Aaron (LeAnn), Andrew (Brittany), Kari (Mike) and Matthew (Jessica); 11 great-grandchildren, Levi, Leah, Hadley, Charlie, Nora, Ava, Oscar, Ruby, Isaac, Henry and Hunter; two sisters, Alice King of Roseburg, Oregon and Wilma Roberts of Brainerd; many other relatives and a host of friends.

Arrangements were with the Karvonen & Son Funeral Home of New York Mills. To leave a message of comfort and support, visit