Betty Jeanne Johnson was deeply religious
On March 4, 2014, Betty Jeanne Johnson, 88, fell asleep in death.
She was born Betty Jeanne Turner on Jan. 8, 1926, to Othiol and Ruby Turner in Selby. During her younger years, she moved to Boise, Idaho, with her parents, her sister Ginger, and her brother George. They lived in an apartment building owned by her mother’s family. She described it as being in a “motel-style” setting, where she could visit with her mother’s family every day. These were the years she remembered as some of her happiest childhood memories.
After the death of her mother, Ruby Turner, they returned to South Dakota. Her grandparents, George and Erma Turner, had a big influence on her life and they all lived together in South Dakota for many years.
On Aug. 24, 1949, she married Harry West Johnson. Their firstborn was born in August of the following year, but sadly he was stillborn. Jeanne gave birth to a healthy baby boy in September of 1951, followed by seven more children through 1969. They were married until West passed away in 2005. They raised their children in the little town of Glenham.
In June of 1967, at the age of 41, Jeanne was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Her life changes and newfound faith prompted each of her eight children to also be baptized over the next few years, and West was baptized in 1991.
In 1988, they moved to Ocean City, Md., and made the Delmarva area their permanent home.
Jeanne was deeply religious and taught her family the value of prayer and worship in their lives. She will be remembered by her children as a very caring and loving mother who taught them how to bake things from cookies to her famous buns. She was also a wonderful grandmother, aunt, neighbor and friend to all. Jeanne had many talents and gave many homemade gifts over the years. She had an abundance of energy and enjoyed (fast) walking! She loved to go for rides even in her later years. She was a very generous person with both her heart and her possessions. Jeanne loved to entertain and visit with friends and family.
Jeanne is survived by her brother, George Turner of Glenham; eight children, Harry (Ruth) Johnson of Wilmington, Del., Lyle (Lois) Johnson of Salisbury, Md., Ruby (Gary) Telkamp of Brookings, Audrey (Richard) Salinas of Odessa, Texas, Laura Johnson of Durango, Colo., Beverly (Steve) Perrino of Ocean Pines, Md., Wendy Johnson and Allen (Stephanie) Johnson of Milford, Pa. She is also survived by 10 grandsons, Travis Telkamp, Raymond Chow Jr., Jamin Johnson, Terence Telkamp, Charles Martin, Kody Dean, Robert Johnson-Derrickson, Bryan Perrino, Benjamin Perrino and Allen Johnson II; and nine granddaughters, Isabella Chow, Sonel Pruitt, Talia Chow, Karah Mills, Kellyn Tyler, Ginger Nappi, Nicole Johnson-Derrickson, Krista Perrino and Olivia Johnson; six great-grandsons, six great-granddaughters and many, many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, West (Harry) Johnson; an infant son; her parents, Othiol and Ruby Turner; stepmother, Dorothy Turner; and her sister, Virginia Dwight.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 809, Third Street East, in Mobridge.