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Judith "Judy" Johnson

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Judith "Judy" Johnson

Sioux Falls - Judith (Judy) Johnson, 95, of Sioux Falls, peacefully passed away at the Dougherty Hospice House on June 11, 2018. A memorial service will be held at 1 pm on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 909 W 33rd Street, Sioux Falls, SD.

Judy was born February 15, 1923 to Bernt and Anna (Anderson) Ellefson at Volin, SD. She loved music and was an accomplished soloist, pianist, organist and choir director. She attended Augustana Academy on a vocal scholarship and went on to earn her teaching degree at Southern State Teacher's College, teaching in a one-room school house before marrying the love of her life, Virgil Johnson, on June 3, 1946.

Judy embraced her role as a Lutheran minister's wife and used her musical and teaching talents to serve as choir director, Bible School music teacher, soloist, and church organist. She also taught private piano lessons. Fluent in Norwegian, Judy translated pioneer yearbooks for the Augustana University's Center for Western Studies and enjoyed two trips to Norway. Judy and Virg enjoyed 60 years of marriage before his death in 2006. Much of their retirement time was spent traveling and enjoying their cabin in the Black Hills.

Judy is survived by her three children, ten grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren: daughter Janet (Jim) Keck, Eric (Norah), Kramer (Ashley), Peder, Ivy, Piper and Lyra, Leif (Bridget), Alex and Madeline, Jennie (Henry), Flora, Jamie (John), Ava, son Marv (Sheila) Johnson, Karstin (Chris), Alicia, Rachel, Emily (Owen), Mauve, daughter Karen Johnson, Nate (Kent), and Jenn (Jay). She is also survived by her sister, Lois Carlson, brothers-in-law Elmer (Nancy) Johnson, Helmer Haugland and Floyd Florey and sisters-in-law Helen Ellefson and Marguerite Johnson, many cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends. Judy particularly loved spending time with her family and was always excited to learn that someone was a relative.

Judy was preceded in death by her beloved husband, her parents, sisters Helen Haugen, Clarice Fedderson, Olive Johnson, brother, Al Ellefson, brothers-in-law Murray Johnson, Albert Haugen, Kenneth Fedderson, Vernon Johnson, Roc Carlson, sisters-in-law Isabelle Haugland, Eleanor Florey, nephews Stanley Fedderson, Doug Ellefson, Matthew Florey, and niece, Shirley Ann Mulder.

Judy's family wishes to thank the staff members at Touchmark All Saints, Avera Home Hospice and the Dougherty Hospice House for the loving and compassionate care they provided over these past several months. Memorials may be sent to (, Dougherty Hospice House ( or Our Savior's Lutheran Church Foundation (
Published in The Argus Leader on June 13, 2018
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