Leola Elizabeth Johnson
September 17, 1915 - May 21, 2013
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Leola Elizabeth Johnson, the daughter of Clarence and Anna (Thomazin) Pearson was born September 17, 1915 at Genoa, Nebraska. She passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at the Stanton Care Center, Stanton, Iowa at the age of 97 years, 8 months and 4 days.

Leola was raised on a farm near Genoa and graduated from high school at Genoa. She was united in marriage to Earl M. Johnson on January 22, 1938 at Genoa and then moved to a farm near Morton Mills, Iowa. There she started her many years as a hard working farm wife. In 1941, they moved to a farm southeast of Red Oak, which became the family farm. They raised four children, Myron, Cleone, Spencer and Lynn. The family became members of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Red Oak. Leola was a very active member of the church for many years, serving in multiple capacities and positions. Some of them included Sunday School Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent, Altar Guild, Circle, Bible Study, Sewing group and many hours in the church kitchen. If something needed doing, you could always count on Leola to do her part. Her hobbies included gardening, studying the Bible, volunteering over 1700 hours at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital’s Lemon Tree Gift Shop, and traveling throughout the United States and twice to Europe.

Leola was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Earl on December 16, 1976; son, Myron; granddaughter, Shawnelle Johnson; son-in-law, Albert Sayers; and brother, Vernon Pearson.

Leola is survived by three children: Cleone Sayers of Inver Grove Heights, MN; Spencer Johnson and wife Karan of Red Oak, IA; Lynn Kopp and husband Stan of Manchester, MO; granddaughter, Jennifer Huffman and husband Brian of Indianapolis, IN; step-grandchildren: Scott Pendergraft and family of Harrison, AR; Kai Swanson and family of Red Oak, IA; Matt Pendergraft and family of Red Oak, IA; sisters: Dolores Benson of Overland Park, KS; and Marjorie Pozhel of Seal Beach, CA; brother; Carrol Pearson and wife Andrea of Columbus, NE; brother-in-law, Morris Johnson and wife Wilma of Red Oak, IA; sister-in-law, Rachel Pearson of Columbus, NE; along with many caring nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

May God bless her memory and give strength to those who mourn.
Matthew 25:23 “Well done good and faithful servant”

Funeral Services will be held
Friday, May 24, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.
at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Red Oak, IA
Burial in Evergreen Cemetery, Red Oak.
Rev. Dr. George Hooper, Officiating

Visitation with the family will be held Friday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church from 1:00 p.m. until service time at 2:00 p.m.

Memorials to the Bethlehem Lutheran Church

Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Friday May 24, 2013, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church
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Funeral Service

Friday May 24, 2013, 2:00 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church
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Graveside Burial

Friday May 24, 2013 at Evergreen Cemetery
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