Ann Meilahn Morse Johnson was born June 20, 1956, in Osage, Iowa, to Barbara J. (Kirchner) and Dwight M. Morse. She was raised and educated in Osage and graduated in 1974 from Osage High School. Following high school, Ann graduated from NIACC (1976) and the University of Northern Iowa (1977). She later earned a Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Drake University (1994).
Ann was united in marriage to Edward D. Souder of Osage in 1978. They were parents to two children: Sarah and Mary. Ann was an active member of PEO, Chapter AW, and enjoyed spending time with friends, camping, fishing the Cedar River, and being outdoors.
Ann and the girls moved to Spirit Lake in 1988. She met Wayne Johnson and they were married in 2002. There she was also active in PEO, Chapter BE, the Dickinson County Trails Board, the CAASA board, and the United Methodist Church of Arnolds Park. She worked as a mental health therapist at Seasons Center in the area for nine years, and then had a private practice. A few of the activities Ann enjoyed include biking, writing, yoga, traveling and creating art.
Ann passed away peacefully at her home on Oct.1, 2009, due to complications of brain cancer.
She is survived by her husband, Wayne; two daughters: Sarah (Andy) of Minneapolis and Mary of Portland; two stepchildren: Heather (Todd) of Spirit Lake and Ryan (Anne) of Spencer. Also surviving are grandchildren: Nicholas, Parker and Hadley Hays, Alexa, Evan and Dylan Johnson, and Soren Johnson; as well as her mother, Barbara J. K. Morse of Spirit Lake; and her brother, Michael J. Morse (Carolyn); and one nephew, Martin A. Morse of Des Moines.
She was preceded in death by her father, Dwight M. Morse; and many beloved relatives and friends
A celebration of Ann's Life will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, at the Gull Point State Park Lodge. Visitation will be held Monday at the Lodge, from 2-4 p.m.
The Schuchert Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.