Celebration of life services for Jennifer L. Johnson, 26, were held Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville. Pastor Lynn Elrod officiated. Honorary casketbearers were Josh Howard, Austin Schmaus, Nick Thiel and Johnny Sullivan. Henry-Olson Funeral Homes and Crematory was in charge of the arrangements.
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Jennifer Lynne Johnson, the daughter of Rick and Betsy (Nelsen) Johnson, was born April 8, 1986 in Audubon, and died Sunday, June 10, 2012 at the age of 26, doing what she loved, swimming in the Iowa Great Lakes.
Jen began her education as a Lincoln Central Hawk in Gruver, and graduated as an Estherville-Lincoln Central Midget in 2004. She attended Xenon International School of Hair Design in Omaha, Neb., obtaining her Cosmetology License in the State of Iowa in March 2007.
Jen loved being a stylist, working at BomBazi Salon in Arnolds Park with Tammy and Linda.
Left to cherish Jennifer's memory are her parents; sisters: Stephanie Johnson of Bloomington, Minn., and Samantha Johnson of Estherville and her nephew, Landon Johnson; her maternal family: Grandparents: Darrell and Susan (Wampfler) Nelsen of Audubon, Uncle Darrell Nelsen, Jr. of Omaha, Neb., Aunt Lisa Nelsen of Des Moines, and their children Darrell Nelsen, III and Darrick Nelsen of Des Moines; Jake and Abigail (Nelsen) Hommer and son, Gabe of Fort Campbell, Ky.; Uncle Donald and Aunt Christy Nelsen of Brayton and their children, David and Ellie Nelsen; her paternal family, Grandparents, Jerry and Elizabeth (Pettiecord) Johnson of Curlew and Uncle Rob and Aunt April Johnson and daughter, Makayla, all of Curlew.
The brown-eyed girl known for her brilliant smile and strong presence will be missed by a long list of loving friends. "Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for awhile and leave foot prints on our hearts. And we are never, ever the same."
Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from June 22 to June 29, 2012