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Lois Johnson

Published: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 9:18 a.m. CDT

PRINCETON — Lois Anita (Dimmig) Johnson, 85, of 1776 Willow Way Drive, Princeton, passed peacefully on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at her home surrounded by her family.

Lois was born on March 10, 1929, in Sublette to Christian and Emma (Suchert) Dimmig of Harmon. She attended Chapman Country School and graduated from Walnut High School in 1946. She graduated from Methodist Hospital Nursing School in Peoria in 1951.

Lois was united in marriage to Gene R. Johnson on March 10, 1951, at the United Methodist Church in Walnut. They lived in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa and Florida during their married life together. She worked for three years in the OB department at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton. While living in Wisconsin, Lois was a volunteer for several organizations. She was a Cub Scout leader and a 4-H leader in rabbits, baking and the annual production. She was voted volunteer of the year for ARC and was honored with the Methodist Women for life award.

Lois was the matriarch of her family and was always involved in the lives of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be greatly missed.

Lois is survived by her husband, Gene, and three children, Susan L. (Jerry) Fritz of Walnut, Scott M. Johnson of Princeton and Steven B. (Patty) Johnson of Princeton; one sister, Betty Renner of Walnut; and numerous nieces and nephews. Lois and Gene have seven grandchildren, Christopher H. Prokes of Marseilles, Gina R. (Dennis) Boyles of Princeton, Emaleigh S. Morrissey of Princeton, Annette L. (Ben) Clausen of Walnut, and Devin Cavell, Marrisa Bacorn and Lilly Cavell of Princeton; two stepgrandsons, Marvin (Ann) Fritz of Wyanet and Brad Fritz of Dixon; six great-grandchildren, Drew Foes of Princeton, Braden and Elizabeth Boyles of Princeton, Presleigh Morrissey of Princeton, and Ava and Caleb Clausen of Walnut; four stepgreat-grandsons and three stepgreat-granddaughters; and six stepgreat-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Duane, Bob, Dick, Fran and Willard; and one sister, Viola.

Cremation rites were accorded. A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 2, at the Walnut United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mark Harkness pastor officiating. Burial of cremains will be at a later date.

A time of sharing will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 2, at the church.

A memorial has been established to Vitas Hospice.

The Garland Funeral Home in Walnut is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.garlandfuneralhome.com.

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