AKKERMAN-INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
Beatrice A. Johnson, of Mora, MN died on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at St. Clare’s Living Community. She was 85 years old.
MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held on Tuesday, May 24th at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 301 E. Forest Ave., Mora, MN.
VISITATON will be one hour prior to the service on Tuesday, May 24th at the church.
Memorials are preferred to the Mora Order of Eastern Stars or Grace Lutheran Church.
Beatrice “Bea” Agnes Johnson, died peacefully at St. Clare’s in Mora, MN on May 18, 2016 at the age of 85.
Beatrice was born in Milaca, MN on November 9, 1930 to Stephen and Minnie (Bartz) Rice. She was the youngest of 10 children. Beatrice graduated from Milaca High School in 1948. She worked in Forest Lake for a short time, returning to Milaca upon the sudden death of her father. After attending St. Cloud Beauty College, she worked in Milaca at the Doll-Up Beauty Shop. Beatrice met and married Merlin Johnson in Milaca in 1952. They later moved to Mora to raise their three children.
Beatrice was a very loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Beatrice was an excellent cook and made the “best coffee in town”. She was a gracious host, always setting a beautiful table and made everyone feel welcome. Her life’s passion was gardening, which was acknowledged by Minnesota Public Television, featuring her beautiful flower gardens. She enjoyed traveling, including trips to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii and Alaska with her husband Merlin, and visits to Japan and Sweden with sisters-in-law. She enjoyed summers on the North Shore and many winter ski trips to Colorado with friends.
Beatrice was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Mora Women’s Golf League, Vasaloppet (being a Vasaloppet Kranskulla in 1981). She was one of the “Magnificent 7” – a group of women friends spending action and laughter-packed summer vacations together for over 35 years.
She enjoyed spending her days helping at Katy’s store – “Bread ‘N Honey”. She was a very important part of the “crew”; co-workers and customers all adored her.
She will be remembered for her kindness and always putting her family first, her attention to style and commitment to beautifying her surroundings, whether it be for the community (from sweeping to picking stray weeds, to watering flower pots on Main Street), to tending the flowers she and Merlin planted in the cul-de-sac next to their home.
Beatrice is survived by her loving family: son Steve and his wife Marcia and their daughter Anna; daughter Mary Johnson; daughter Katy Olson; grandson Eric and his wife Samantha and great-grandson Jack; and granddaughter Hannah; many nieces and nephews.
Beatrice was preceded in death by Merlin, her husband of 62 years; grandson Joseph Olson; daughter-in-law Kathy Johnson and all of her siblings.
The family would like to thank the staff of FirstLight Health System, especially Dr. Danielle Bergman; and the caring hearts and service of the staff at St. Clare’s and St. Croix Hospice.