Johnson, Joelene I.


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, LeAnn McGregor.

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 Columbarium.

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.

Guestbook for Johnson, Joelene I.

6:25PM Apr 13th, 2017
So sorry for your loss. I remember her as a sweet, loving sister who enjoyed playing cards with Marv and the rest of the family. God be with you all.
Lynda Mudder (Brookings, SD)
2:31PM Apr 13th, 2017
It is healthy and honorable to weep at the loss of someone we love. Healthy because such passion must be released. Honorable because it is respectful to admit the importance of people who have loved and supported us... people whose footprints cannot ever be matched. Maya Angelou
Gina Gaul (Lincoln, NE)

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