Joelene I. Johnson, 83, of Lincoln, passed away on April 12, 2017.
Mrs. Johnson was born October 15, 1933 to Marvin & Lois (Howlett) Parks in
Sioux Falls, SD. Joelene grew up in Sioux Falls and graduated from Washington
High School. She married Orlen Johnson on April 13, 1952 at Wesley Methodist
Church in Sioux Falls, SD. During their marriage they lived in California, South
Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan, Massachusetts, Maryland and Nebraska. Early in
their marriage she had several jobs, as a Controller at Sears Roebuck, as a
secretary for an insurance agent, and as a secretary for the manager at Ceco
Steel Company. From then on she was a stay at home mom. Joelene enjoyed playing
cards and her hobby of genealogy. She was referred to as the best Mother in the
world by her family.
Preceded in death by her parents; sister, Shirley (Paul) Hovdenes; brother,
Marvin (Carol) Parks; brother-in-law, David McGregor.
Grateful for having her life are her husband of nearly 65 years, Orlen;
children, Nancy Johnson, Linda Johnson, Christine (John) Essay, Joel (Sarah)
Johnson, Mark (Kristin) Johnson, Wesley (Kristin) Johnson; fifteen
grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brother, Ronald (Linda) Parks; sister,
A Celebration of Joelene’s Life will be 2:00 PM on Saturday, April 15, 2017
at Christ United Methodist Church. Rev. Richard Randolph, PhD will officiate.
Joelene’s final resting place will be at the Christ United Methodist Church
There will be no public viewing/visitation.
Memorials are suggested to the church or the American Cancer Society.
Relatives and friends are invited to gather with the family after the service
for refreshments and fellowship.