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Jeanne Johnson 1930-2017

Jan 31, 2017

Funeral service for Jeanne Johnson of Mallard is 10:30 a.m. today, Tuesday, Jan. 31, at the United Methodist Church in Mallard.

Burial will be in Washington Cemetery, Havelock. The Joyce Funeral Home in Emmetsburg is in charge of arrangements.

Olive Jeanne Johnson, daughter of Arnold and Olive (Johnson) Barth, was born May 2, 1930 on the family farm near Havelock. She was a graduate of Havelock High School, and she continued her education at what is now AIB Business School in Des Moines where she continued to play basketball.

On March 12, 1950, Jeanne was united in marriage to George Junior Johnson in Havelock, and in 1961, they moved to a farm near Mallard where they raised their children.

Jeanne was a stay at home mom, raising her four children before working as a secretary for the Mallard school district and as a clerk for the Pocahontas Court House.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Mallard where she would volunteer countless hours. Jeanne taught Sunday School, was active in the United Methodist Women, and she was a group leader in the Methodist Youth Fellowship.

She was an avid sports enthusiast. Jeanne was honorable mention all-state on her Havelock High School basketball team. Her love of sports continued as she traveled all over the area and country following her children and grandchildren in their many different sporting events. She had a special love for basketball – no matter who was playing.

Jeanne and George enjoyed hosting foreign exchange students. They loved to entertain family and friends. No one was a stranger to Jeanne. She was always ready to lend a hand and help anyone in need.

Left to cherish her memory are her children: Jeanine Hough (Rod) of Graettinger, Mark Johnson (Nancy) of Havelock, Jeanelle Stokes (Dan) of Mallard and Marlin Johnson (Dee) of Suamico, WI; two brothers: Gerald Barth (Helen) of Forest City, and Duanne Barth (Lori) of Havelock; 13 grandchildren: Jeanna Gutierrez (Javier), Kyle Hough (Kristi), Todd Hough (Jenny), Lucas Hough (Kendra), Courtney Drake (Halley), Alex Sikora (Aprile), Ryan Stokes (Lori), Scott Stokes (Sarah), Jerrod Stokes, Crystal Boes (Ryan), Melissa Johnson, Ben Johnson and Katie Johnson; and 24 great-grandchildren.

Jeanne was preceded in death by her parents; husband, George; brother, Irwin Barth, and his wife, Donalyn; granddaughter, Janna Hough and great-grandson, Myles Stokes.

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