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Lois Ann Johnson

January 17, 1932 — August 25, 2022

Everly

     Lois Ann (Rauhauser) Johnson blew into this world in a flurry on January 17 during the blizzard of 1932 at her parents Purl and Anna (Hauge) Rauhauser’s home in Ruthven, Iowa.  She left peacefully on August 25, a beautiful sunny afternoon—God’s way of giving her a fitting goodbye.  She’s likely now sitting at her place at the table playing Spoons or Pinochle surrounded by her husband Jack, her children Jim, Dan and Diane, her sisters and brothers, Vivian and Barbara, Mervin, Don, Bob and Johnnie, and her grandson, Justin Miller. For the sake of the table—I hope they’re playing Pinochle and not Spoons.

     She grew up in Ruthven, Iowa where she attended school until 10th grade. That year she quit school and started working and taking care of her sick father, Purl.  On March 7, 1948, when she was just 16, she married Jack Johnson; a marriage that would last until Jack’s death in 2008.  In the course of their marriage, they welcomed 8 children: James (1949), Terry (1951), Dan (1952), and Pam (1953) all while living in Spencer.  They moved to Joliet, IL where they added Diane (1955), Mickey (1956) and stillborn daughter, Faith (1958).  They then moved to Ayrshire, IA, where they had Lynne (1959) and Donna (1961). In 1961, they moved to the great town of Everly, Iowa—in a little blue house at the end of the road west of the gas station.  It’s in this house that they raised their children and where she still lived in 2022. 

      While living in Everly, Jack worked at the elevator and Lois raised the children (though she did put in some hours at the Café).  Feeling 8 children just weren’t enough for their little house, they started fostering Russ Momsen in 1966 when he was 15.  Once all of the children were in school (Go Cattlefeeders!), Lois began working at Aalfs Manufacturing making blue jeans until she retired in 1994. 

     Lois lived for her family.  After retiring she enjoyed gardening, canning, going to school events for her many grandchildren, crocheting and going on trips to the casino where you’d find her at the slots.  She spent her life surrounded by her children, her grandchildren, great grandchildren and even great great grandchildren.

     She is survived by Terry & Rhonda Johnson, Pam Miller, Mickey & Sandy Johnson, Lynne Mills & Don Mobley, Donna Shuck, Dee Johnson, and Russ & Sabrina Momsen.  She also leaves behind her sister Rose (Ken) Harrison of Costa Mesa, CA and brother Bill (Carol) Rauhauser of Flower Mound, TX.  Though not listed here by name, the love she had for and from her 24 grandkids, and numerous great/great grandkids cannot be overstated.  She was a little woman with a huge heart—thank you, Lois, for the life you lived and the love you gave.

SERVICES
Services will be held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, September 24 at the Hap Ketelsen Center in Everly, IA.
OFFICIATING
Rev. Mike Eeten
CASKET BEARERS
Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
VISITATION
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.
MUSIC
"In The Garden"
"On Eagle's Wings

by Gary Klett

ORGANIST: Cynthia Knapp

INTERMENT
Lone Tree Cemetery
Everly, Iowa
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