Elizabeth Jane Johnson, aka Betty and Nana, passed away on May 2, 2015, in Bozeman, Montana. She was born July 9, 1924, in Santa Barbara, California. She married Lt. T. Carl Johnson, USNR on July 30, 1945, in Oakland, California. After the war, he whisked her off to Montana where they raised five children.
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Betty loved Christmas, sang songs, baked cookies, cakes, and cinnamon rolls, and planted flowers every spring…because beauty mattered to her. She cherished the years she spent raising her five children as well as the years she taught English, directed and coordinated the World of Work Program between Billings School District No. 2 and the Montana Job Service, and later helped St. Vincent's Hospital establish the Ronald McDonald House in Billings. Betty was a member of the National Education Association, the Montana Education Association, and Kappa Delta Epsilon. She would like to leave an afterglow of warm thoughts…no tears, only happy memories of things she had done.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband, T. Carl Johnson, and her son, Norman. She leaves behind three daughters; Carla (Kerrian) Garner of Billings, Montana, Sister Mary Pat Johnson of Leavenworth, Kansas, and Gerry (Michael) Becker of Clayton, California; one son, Jon (Karen) Johnson of Bozeman; seven grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Andrew and Patrick O'Connor of California; and many beloved friends.
Betty's ashes will be buried with T. Carl and Norm in the Johnson family plot in Belt, Montana. Memorials may be made in Betty's name to The Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, 4200 So. 4th St., Leavenworth, KS 66048-5054 to help support their free clinic for the uninsured.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on May 10, 2015