Betty Johnson


HOLGATE -- Betty J. Johnson age 91, of Holgate, died Friday, October 26, 2012, at Vancrest Healthcare Center of Holgate.

She was born October 8, 1921 to William V. and Gladys (Evans) Nelson in Dekalb County, IN. She graduated from

Waterloo High School in 1939. She obtained her degree from the Defiance College. On March 7, 1941, Betty married Paul Johnson in Auburn, IN. Betty was a homemaker and a teacher/librarian for Holgate Local Schools for 30 years until retiring in 1985, and was a member of the Holgate United Methodist Church. Betty volunteered her time as a former Girl Scout leader and was a member of the Eastern Star and American Legion Auxiliary Post 340. She was a member of the Red Hat Society.

Betty is survived by her loving family: daughter, Sharon (Larry) Rumbaugh, Lakeland, FL; and sons, Phil (Peggy) Johnson, Napoleon, and Carl Johnson, St. Petersburg, FL; eight grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and sisters, Marjorie Hassett and Carol Warstler.

She was preceded in death by her husband Paul, on February 12, 1999; and a brother, William "Roger" Nelson.

Friends will be received in the Zachrich Funeral Home, 114 William Street, Holgate, on Sunday from 1-4 and 5-7 p.m.. The Celebration of Betty's Life will be on Monday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with Pastor Susan St. Peter officiating. Entombment will be in Riverview Memory Gardens. rural Defiance.

Contributions can be made in Betty's memory to the Holgate United Methodist Church Building Fund. Please visit to leave online condolences.

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