A Mass of Christian Burial for Eleanor M. Johnson was held Sunday, Jan. 5, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Emmetsburg. The Rev. Clem Currans was the celebrant.
Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery, Emmetsburg. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg was in charge of arrangements.
Eleanor Marie Johnson, daughter of Edward and Myrtice (Leadley) Bates, was born Sept. 12, 1921, in Wisconsin. As a young girl, Eleanor moved with her family to Iowa, where they lived in Manson for a short time before moving to the Rodman area. Eleanor graduated from Rodman High School. While in high school, she was an excellent basketball player, winning the state free throw contest when she was only 16 years old.
In 1944, Eleanor was united in marriage to Dale Forrest Johnson in Jackson, MN. To this union a daughter, Linda was born. They made their home in Laurens where Dale and his brother, Marvin owned and operated the International Harvester Implement and Buick dealership. Eleanor was a devoted homemaker, caring for her children.
In 1970 Eleanor and Dale moved to Spirit Lake where they made their home. They later moved to Estherville before moving to Emmetsburg in the 1980's.
Eleanor was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church. She was also a member of the Order of Easter Star. Eleanor loved to follow her grandchildren's sporting events. She was very active in their lives and kept up on their accomplishments. She also enjoyed shopping any chance she could and was an avid antique collector. Eleanor loved to visit with people and will certainly be remembered for her quick wit and contagious smile.
In August 2012 Eleanor moved to the Ruthven Community Care Center where she made her home until she passed away on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 at the age of 92. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Dale on Dec. 9, 1998; brothers, Harold, Glenn, Raymond and Paul Bates; and her sisters, Dorothy Hurley and Evelyn Simonson.
She is survived by her two children, Linda Higgins (John) of Okoboji and Ronald Johnson of Ruth-ven; three grandchildren, Jeff Higgins (Kimberly) of Denver, CO, Molly Higgins (Missy Slay) of St. Louis, MO and Tim Higgins of Spirit Lake; three great grandchildren, Elle and Brenna Higgins and Keenan Higgins; nieces and nephews.
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