Bette Eunice (Gilmore) Johnson, 86, of Royal passed away Thursday, March 5, 2009, at the Community Memorial Health Center in Hartley.
Funeral services were held Monday, March 9, at Warner Chapel in Spencer. The Rev. Bart DeBoer officiated the 1 p.m. service. Burial was at
Willow Creek Cemetery in Royal.
Pallbearers were Rick Haertell, Ryan Cogley, Laef Lundbeck, Jeff Bramley, Terry Goettsch and Josh Birchard.
Bette Eunice Johnson, the daughter of Ray George (Jeff) and Amanda Louise Sophia Maria (Penningroth) Gilmore was born July 10, 1922, on a farm near Hartley.
As a youngster her parents settled in Arnolds Park where she grew up and eventually met her husband, Emery William Johnson. They married in Royal on September 29, 1940, at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church. When Emery shipped off to World War II, she went to work for her in-law's grocery store/restaurant in Terrace Park.
After the war, the couple took up farming around the Greenville and Royal areas and had four children: Kathie, Emery Jr., Tim and Lisa.
Eventually they moved to Spencer and when Emery passed away in 1970, Bette moved to Royal where she resided until moving to Hartley in 2006.
Bette was a full time homemaker who did volunteer work for the Headstart program and now defunct Helpline.
She is survived by her children: Kathie Howe, Emery William Johnson, Jr., Timothy Johnson, and Lisa Kaiser and her husband, Kevan; her grandchildren: Jeff Bramley, Molly Cogley and her husband, Todd and their children, Amanda Storm and her husband, Corey and their children; one brother, Bob Gilmore; one sister, Peggy Muier as well as many family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Amanda Gilmore; her in-laws, William and Kathrine Johnson; brothers: Donald, Frank and Eugene "Ip" Gilmore; sisters: Jessie Goettsch, Darlene and Pat Gilmore; and granddaughters: Sherry Briney and Shelly Howe.