Evelyne “Freddie” J. Johnson, 97, McGregor, died Thursday, Oct.10, 2019, at her residence in McGregor.  

She was born Nov. 18, 1921 in Wright, Minn. to Lyman and Ada (Hughes) Harp. She attended public school in Wright and worked on the family farm.  Freddie was united in marriage to Viljo J. Johnson Nov. 6, 1948, in Cloquet. They lived in East Lake for a few years until moving to McGregor.

She enjoyed bowling, baking, flower gardening, music and playing the piano. She traveled and wintered in Texas, California and Nevada. She spent many years working at Savanna Golf Course near McGregor, Purple Hawk Golf Course in Cambridge, and the McGregor Dairy Queen.  

She was a member of the United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women of McGregor where she was named “United Methodist Woman of the Year.” She was also a 60-year member of McGregor VFW Larson-Duneen Post 2747Auxillary.  She was past president of the McGregor P.T.A., past chairman of Aitkin County March of Dimes, and she was honored to be chosen one of the “Outstanding Women of Minnesota.”  

She was preceded in death by her parents Lyman and Ada Harp; husband Viljo in 2009; daughters: Marylou and Cynthia;son: Robert; brothers: Lloyd, Vernon, Donald, and Kenneth; and sisters: Hazel, Helen, Marion, and Leone.

Freddie is survived by her daughter, Arlis (Frank) Gardner, Missoula, Mont.; two sons: Ernest Swanson and Alan Johnson, both of McGregor; 17 grandchildren; many great grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and many other special relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, at the United Methodist Church in McGregor. Pastor Diane Brennan will officiate. Bill Haapoja will provide music. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.  Burial will be in Rice River Cemetery. A time of fellowship will be at the McGregor VFW following the service

Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home & Cremation Services in McGregor.


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