Betty Johnson - November 04, 2013
Betty June Johnson, age 87, died at the McCook Community Hospital at McCook, Neb., on Nov. 4, 2013. She was born on Feb. 11, 1926, at Hamlet, Neb., the only child of John and Amanda (Scriven) Zumhingst.
She attended Hamlet Elementary School until second grade, then a country school near her home where her mother was her teacher. Her mother instilled in her the love of poetry and reading. She attended Hamlet High School for two years, then the Nebraska School of Agriculture in Curtis where she took Normal Training Course so she could teach school.
Betty’s first job was at Green Valley School in Hayes County where she taught for two years. She attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln for three summers, making her freshman year of college. She continued at UNL till her junior year when she transferred to St. Paul Bible College in Minnesota.
In 1949, she graduated with a Theology Degree in Missions. She prepared to be a missionary in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Her home service was helping at a start-up church in Lincoln, Neb. She graduated from UNL in June of 1951. The next day she injured her back and had to have surgery. Betty returned to her home on the farm to recuperate.
On July 5, four young men came to cut the hailed wheat crop on the family farm. With 100 percent loss they redeemed 30 bushels to the acre by going one way. The crew of four men was working for Charles S. Johnson until Aug. 5 when all the neighbors’ crops were harvested. During this time Charlie would always come back to the kitchen to help with the dishes and talk to Betty.
The crew and Charles went to Chadron, Neb., to work. Later he came back from Canada to Minden where Betty was teaching English and Speech. At Thanksgiving time Charlie came to see Betty and proposed, reading the scripture verse from Ruth 1:16. The couple was married after school let out. They took their new mobile home to Oklahoma to follow the wheat harvest to Canada.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents; husband Charlie and a son, David Johnson in 2011.
She is survived by her children: Jane Johnson of Palisade; George and wife Johnna of Overland Park, Kan.; Julie Ann and husband Mark Nelson of Kent, Wash., and seven grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at the Hamlet Union Church on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. (Central) with Pastor Kevin McGraw officiating. Inurnment will be in the Meadow Lawn Cemetery at Hamlet.
Memorials may be left in her name at the Herrmann-Jones Funeral Chapel in McCook, Neb. Friends may leave on-line condolences at herrmannfh.com.