Zellafern ‘Sally’ Mary Golden Johnson

SallyJohnsonObitPhoto100_0500Zellafern “Sally” Mary Golden Johnson, 89, died in the loving presence of her caregivers Jennifer and Linda Johnson at their home in Oak Grove, Minn. on Thursday evening, March 14, 2013.

Sally was born on May 31, 1923 to Geo C. and Mary (Schlegel) Golden in Minneapolis, the fourth of seven siblings. She graduated from high school in Siren, Wis. On March 30, 1944, she married Donald Johnson in Minneapolis. They had five children together, giving each a name that started with the letter “D.” Sally was a caretaker at The Buckingham Apartments in Minneapolis for over 30 years. She enjoyed all the interactions one got to have with so many different people — and Sally loved cleaning and making things tidy. Her hobbies included crochet and bird watching. She was known for her contagious and mischievous smile.

Sally was a ray of sunshine that always attracted others to her. She loved and always had time for all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

When her health declined a year and a half ago, Sally moved in with her son Sunny and his family. They lovingly cared for her until her death.

Sally is survived by children Donald “Val” Johnson of Oak Grove, Darwin Johnson of St. Louis Park, Darrell Johnson of Brooklyn Center and Darlene (Moe) Allen of Rolfe, Iowa; daughter-in-law Linda Johnson of Oak Grove; 16 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and siblings Val (Lorraine) Golden of Andover and Donna Simms of Andover.

She was preceded in death by her son Dennis “Sunny” Johnson three weeks ago; her husband Donald Johnson; three brothers: Christian (Buster) Golden, Ernest Golden, Gus Golden; and sister Adeliene (Tootie) Crapps.

A memorial service was held Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at Strike Funeral Home – Isanti Chapel.