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Ruth Mary Johnson

Jun 28, 2017
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Ruth Mary Johnson, 92, of Rockford, Tenn., formerly of the Mt. Pleasant and Burlington communities, died Monday, June 26, 2017, at her daughter’s home.

A visitation will be held at Olson Powell Memorial Chapel, 709 East Mapleleaf Drive, Mt. Pleasant, from 2 to 4 p.m., on Sunday July 2, 2017. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m., on Monday, July 3, 2017, at Prairie Grove Cemetery, rural West Burlington, with the Rev. Charles Stevens officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Disabled American Veterans (DAV.ORG). Online condolences may be directed to

Johnson was born Sept. 30, 1924, in Webster, S.D., the daughter of Fred and Elizabeth (Schmitz) Splonskowski. Johnson moved to North Dakota when she was four, and later to Eugene, Ore., where she attended St. Mary Catholic School. While in Oregon, she met Charles Johnson, who was in the Navy. They were married, June 6, 1945, in Klamath Falls, Ore. She accompanied her husband while he completed his military service and then on trips while he drove semi-trucks. They later moved to Iowa. He preceded her in death.

Johnson was a homemaker and farmer’s wife in the White Oak community, near Mt. Pleasant. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, being a mother of six children, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. After living in Burlington for more than 12 years, she moved to her daughter Karen’s home in Rockford, Tenn.

Johnson is survived by three sons, Ed (Susan) Johnson, of Burlington, Fred (Peggy) Johnson, of West Burlington, and Bob Johnson, of Mt. Pleasant; three daughters, Mary (Curt) Wigger, of Knoxville, Tenn., Shirley (Faron) Springer, of Hendersonville, Nev., and Karen Johnson, of Rockford, Tenn.; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, James Splonskowski and Richard Splonskowski, of Eugene, Ore.; and one sister, Marge Splonskowski, of Seattle, Wash.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles; and several brothers and sisters.


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