Myrtle Johnson

Myrtle Johnson, 98, of Powers Lake, died Friday, May 3, 2013, in the Stanley Bethel Home. Her funeral will be held Saturday, May 18, at 2 p.m. at the Bethel Baptist Church in Powers Lake. Burial will follow at the Bethel Cemetery, with a reception following in the church basement.

Myrtle Esther Hove was born Feb. 17, 1915, to Daniel and Anna Hove, in a homesteader shack just south of Powers Lake. She was raised and attended school in Powers Lake. After graduation, Myrtle moved to Park River, where she met and married Henry “Hank” Johnson in 1935. They were blessed with three children: Leslie “Sonny,” Delores “Lou” and Merlyn.

Henry and Myrtle farmed in Park River for several years before moving back to Powers Lake in 1943. While living in town, they ran a hotel for a few years until a large fire on Main Street destroyed it. After the fire, the family moved to the Hove farm, where they farmed and raised cattle. Myrtle enjoyed working in the fields alongside the men, driving grain trucks, tractors and pulling her favorite hay rake. She also took great pride in her home, baking and cooking for family and hired men and sewing for her grandchildren. She was famous for her homemade donuts, frying them up by the dozens until late in her life.

Myrtle was also very active in the church and loved all the activities involved. She was a member of various church circles and homemaker club.

She is survived by: her children, Delores Albertson, Merlyn (Thea) Johnson and daughter-in-law Carol Johnson; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; three great-great-granddaughters; and several nieces and nephews.

Myrtle was preceded in death by her husband, Hank; son, Leslie; granddaughter, Dana Johnson; son-in-law, Merlyn Albertson; parents, Daniel and Anna; sister, Ida (Art) Sellie; and brothers, Tom (Verna), Alvin (Clara) and Henry.

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(Springan Funeral Home, Stanley)