Bonnie Jean Johnson (nee Anderson), age 83, of Plymouth, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, at N.C. Little Hospice in Edina. She was diagnosed with Duodenal Invasive Adenocarcinoma Jan. 6, 2019, suffered for many weeks, but won the final victory and is with the Lord.
Bonnie was born Dec. 12, 1935, to parents Helma (Olson) and Alvin Anderson in Fargo, ND, joining brothers Arnold Leo and Ellis Dean. At the age of 4, while playing with matches, her pants caught on fire. The doctor said he would need to amputate her lower leg, but her dad found a second opinion and she received one of the first skin grafts, with skin grafted from her other leg.
When Bonnie was 5 years old, her 13-year-old brother died in October 1941, from encephalitis, which he had contracted from a horse fly bite. Six weeks later, Dec. 7, 1941, her brother, Arnold Leo, was killed in the Pearl Harbor attack.
Bonnie graduated from Sleepy Eye High School in 1953, and from Hamline University in 1957, with a degree in elementary education. She taught in Racine, WI; and Hopkins and Paynesville, MN.
Bonnie married E. Ray Johnson June 9, 1962.
She fought Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma off and on for 18 years, starting in the early 1980s. At this time, she adopted her life verse; Philippians 1:21 “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Either way, I win.
In 2011, she had a non-cancerous brain tumor (meningioma) removed.
Bonnie was a long-time resident of Plymouth in her home on Niagara Lane, and for the last five years at Summerwood Senior Apartments. She enjoyed people, spending time with family and friends, researching genealogy, and reading.
She is survived by her children: Eric Johnson of Florida, Kristi (David) Myllymaki of Washington, Staci (Paul) Long, and Jen Johnson (Steve Beavers), all of Minnesota; grandchildren Henry and Greta Long, Becca Myllymaki, Brooke (Tyrone) Kulla, Luke Myllymaki, and Brinna (David) Pinkerton: and great-grandchild Kulla due February 2019.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her husband, E. Ray Johnson; parents Helma and Alvin Anderson; and brothers Arnold Leo and Ellis Dean Anderson.
Visitation and funeral took place in Plymouth, with interment at the Kingston Apostolic Lutheran church cemetery. Memorials may be made to N.C. Little Hospice, or American Cancer Society.
The Gearty-Delmore Funeral Chapel handled the arrangements.