Elsie C. Johnson, 101, Big Lake

Elsie C. Johnson, 101, Big Lake, passed away Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at CentraCare Health-Monticello.  Visitation will be Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Becker Baptist Church, 11951 Hancock St., Becker.  The funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. with The Rev. Rob Olsen officiating.  Private interment will be at Becker Cemetery.  Elsie was born May 16, 1912, in Becker to Emanuel and Ida (Monson) Olson.  She was born on the family home, grew up in Becker and graduated from Becker High School in 1936.  She then attended St. Cloud Teachers College.  On May 16, 1940, she was united in marriage to Oscar Johnson in Becker.  She taught country school in Sherburne and Wright counties, and later in the Anoka-Hennepin School District for more than 20 years.  She was the oldest member of the Becker Baptist Church.  She enjoyed music, gardening and scrap booking.
She is survived by her children Donald (Debra) Johnson, Glenn (Gwen) Johnson, Marilyn (Joe) Arthur, all of Big Lake;  daughter-in-law Laurel Johnson of Big Lake;  9 grandchildren;  13 great grandchildren;  sister-in-law Millie Werner of Buffalo Lake, MN;  and brother-in-law Ken Moritz of Buffalo Lake, MN.  Elsie was preceded in death by her parents, Emanuel and Ida Olson;  husband Oscar;  sons Roger and Ken;  sister Ella Hultberg and brother Leonard Olson.
Funeral arrangements are with the Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel of Monticello.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.