Ruth Marilyn Johnson

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Ruth Marilyn Evenson Brictson Johnson, 88, passed away peacefully on January 9, 2020, at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Postville, Iowa. Marilyn was born to Henry and Beulah (Tweed) Evenson, October 23, 1931, at home on a farm near Joice, Iowa.  She was baptized at the Concordia Lutheran church in rural Joice and confirmed at Salem Lutheran Church in Lake Mills, Iowa. She attended grade school in Joice, Keister Minnesota, and graduated from Lake Mills high school in 1949.

     On November 23, 1950, she married Richard Lincoln Brictson at Salem Lutheran in Lake Mills. Richard and Marilyn were married for 40 years before he passed away, and they had three children, Lynn, James, and Cynthia.

     Marilyn was a dedicated mother, first and foremost. She treasured her children and embraced every moment with them. She especially loved her role as Namie to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was kindhearted, compassionate, and loving to everyone who surrounded her. The church was a significant thread woven throughout her life, and she loved singing and interior decorating.

     On January 1, 2005, she married Milton Johnson in their new home in Clear Lake, Iowa. Then moved to Monona, Iowa in the fall of 2017.               

     She is survived by her husband, Milton of Monona; her daughter, Cynthia Brictson of Los Altos, California; grandchildren, Allison Brictson of Jonesboro, Georgia, Chad (Chrissy) Gilman of Maple Grove, Minnesota; great-grandchildren, Keira and Sairsha Gilman of Maple Grove, Minnesota; sister-in-law, Beverly Evenson Lake Mills; step-daughters, Marlys (Garland) Seibert of Clive, Emily Batista of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Diane (Tim) Fisk of Monona; stepson, Steven Johnson of Monona and many nieces and nephews. All of whom she loved and touched deeply.

     She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Richard; daughter, Lynn (Steve) Wood; son, James; siblings, Viola (Raymond) Brubak, Elaine (Clifford) Sime, LaVonne Evenson, Harlan (Beverly) Evenson; step-son, Darrell Johnson and step-son-in-law, David Batista.

 Visitation was held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Monday, January 13, 2020, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Monona, Iowa. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 13, 2020. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Monona, Iowa with Rev. Erika Lenth as the officiant. Interment will be held at a later date.

Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation service of Monona assisted the family with arrangements.



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