Helen Juanita Ross was born Aug. 10, 1919, in Merrill, the daughter of Fred and Gertrude (Thomas) Ross. She attended country school near Merrill and later high school in Westfield. She graduated from Westfield High School.
Following high school, she went to nursing school in Sioux City. She worked as a L.P.N. for the Akron Hospital in Akron.
She was united in marriage to Harold Johnson on June 7, 1941, at The Little Brown Church in the Vale near Nashua, Iowa. They lived on a farm near Westfield before moving to their farm north of Akron in 1946.
When their daughter, Karen was born, Helen stayed home to raise their family. Harold died Nov. 4, 2002. Helen continued to live on the farm.
Helen was a longtime member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Akron. She and Harold were charter members of the Akron Lions Club.
Helen will be remembered for her artistic ability and creative ideas. She enjoyed making crafts of all types. She was a member of several craft groups through the years.
Survivors include her son, Ken (Barbara) Johnson, of Albert Lea, Minn.; her brother, Claude Ross of McKinnville, Ore.; her daughter-in-law: Barb Johnson, of Akron; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harold; her daughter: Karen (Roy) Pike; her son: Paul Johnson; and her siblings: Virgil Ross, Loren Ross, and Cora Jans.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Wesley United Methodist Church in Akron. The Rev. Tanya Sherrill will officiate. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery in Akron. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. Wednesday, with the family present from 5- 7 p.m., all at Carlsen Funeral Home - Schroeder Chapel in Akron.
Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.