March 29, 1927-Dec. 19, 2012
GERING, Neb. – Ruth R. Johnson, 85, of Gering, formerly of Lyman, Neb., died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 at Heritage Estates in Gering. Her memorial funeral service was held Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the Immanuel United Church of Christ in Lyman with Pastor Cindy Bowker officiating.
A private family interment will precede the funeral at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Morrill, Neb. A memorial has been established to the church. Online condolences in Ruth’s name may be sent, and candles lit in her honor may be done at www.jones-mortuary.com.
Ruth was born March 29, 1927 in Lyman to Alex and Elizabeth (Schafer) Meininger. She attended school in Minatare and Huntley and graduated from Huntley High School in 1945.
She married Bill Dean Johnson on March 13, 1947 in Lyman. They farmed the Table Mountain area in Goshen County together all of their lives. After her husband died, she continued to farm their land with her son and grandson.
She was a lifetime member of the church. Ruth loved to bake, crochet, sew, quilt and play scrabble. Later in her life, she was a member of the Happy Hour Club.
Ruth is survived by her daughter Peggy (Ron) Miller of Torrington; daughter-in-law Gayle Johnson of Lyman; grandchildren Robin (David) Davis of Scottsbluff, Neb., Mark (Karey) Johnson of Lyman, Doug (Brenda) Miller of Scottsbluff and Kim (Monte) Stokes of Torrington; sisters Rose Benzel of Fort Morgan, Colo., Bertha (Marion) Smith of Rancho Cordova, Calif. and Freida (Ed) Minch of Gering; and brother Eddie (Kay) Meininger of Scottsbluff; seven great grandchildren and two step great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one son, Bob, three brothers and two sisters.
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