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Published January 19, 2014, 12:00 AM

LaVerne Johnson

LaVerne "Johnnie" Johnson, a remarkable woman, passed away on January 4, 2014, at her home in Tucson, Arizona. LaVerne was born in Casselton, North Dakota, on April 1, 1928, to Oscar and Laura Johnson, farmers of Scandinavian descent. In her youth, LaVerne rode her horse, Nipper, bareback, attended barn dances, and as her mother boasted "worked harder on the farm than any hired man."

She attended St. John's School of Nursing, in Fargo, North Dakota. In 1948, while on a nursing practicum in Moose Lake, Minnesota, she met the love of her life, Walter. They married in 1949 and moved to Moorhead, Minnesota. After their children, identical twins, Jean and Jo, and their youngest Janet were born, LaVerne returned to nursing at St. Ansgar Hospital.

LaVerne Johnson

LaVerne "Johnnie" Johnson, a remarkable woman, passed away on January 4, 2014, at her home in Tucson, Arizona. LaVerne was born in Casselton, North Dakota, on April 1, 1928, to Oscar and Laura Johnson, farmers of Scandinavian descent. In her youth, LaVerne rode her horse, Nipper, bareback, attended barn dances, and as her mother boasted "worked harder on the farm than any hired man."

She attended St. John's School of Nursing, in Fargo, North Dakota. In 1948, while on a nursing practicum in Moose Lake, Minnesota, she met the love of her life, Walter. They married in 1949 and moved to Moorhead, Minnesota. After their children, identical twins, Jean and Jo, and their youngest Janet were born, LaVerne returned to nursing at St. Ansgar Hospital.

In 1968, the family moved to Phoenix, Arizona with LaVerne's parents, where her brother, Oscar Junior resided. After working at Doctors Hospital, LaVerne was recruited to work as an occupational health nurse at Valley National Bank. LaVerne took pride in the fact she had performed health screenings and taught CPR at every bank branch in Arizona.

LaVerne was an avid traveler. She and Walt visited over thirty countries, which included Egypt, Sweden, and China. In addition, they traveled extensively in the United States, from Mt. McKinley to the Florida Keys.

In 1998, she and her husband moved to Tucson to be closer to their only grandchild Waylon Martin. In addition to being a doting grandmother, she enjoyed going to the casino and making Sunday dinners for the whole family.

Due to her generosity and gregarious nature, LaVerne made friends wherever she went. She will be sorely missed by her family and numerous people whose lives she touched along the way.

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