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Winifred (Nellis) Johnson

October 11, 1933 September 13, 2022
Winifred (Nellis) Johnson
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Obituary for Winifred (Nellis) Johnson

Winifred (Nellis) Johnson, 88, of Waukee, Iowa (formerly of Greeley, Colorado) passed away, September 13, 2022. Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 2:30 P.M. Friday, September 16, 2022, at the Johnson Family Funeral Home – Earlham Chapel. Funeral services will follow at 2:30 P.M. at the funeral home. Burial will take place in Penn Center Cemetery following the services. Memorial contributions may be made to Gwendolyn Applegate and will be divided up between Winnifred’s favorite charities. Online condolences may be left at www.johnsonfamilyfuneralhome.com.


Winnie as she was known by family and friends was born October 11, 1933, in her farmhouse in rural Earlham to Merl and Martha (Christensen) Nellis. She graduated from Penn number 5. The school still stands to this day and stands by the Penn Center Methodist Church. Winnie attended Park College in Parkville, Missouri and it was there she met her future husband. Winnie was united in marriage to Clarence F. Johnson on December 26, 1959. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2009. She earned a bachelor’s degree in teaching from Drake University and taught in Dennison and Exira, Iowa. Together they moved to Greeley, Colorado where they both taught. While in Colorado they both attended the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) and graduated with their master’s degree in education. Winnie enjoyed sewing and many other crafts including making her own clothing. She enjoyed befriending foreign students who came to America to study at UNC. This led her to be active in assisting many foreign missionaries that her church supported.


Those preceding her in death are her parents, Merl and Martha Johnson; her beloved husband, Clarence and her sister, Bonnie Arnburg.


Winnie leaves behind to cherish her memory, her brother, Howard D. (Roselea) Nellis of Olathe, Kansas; nieces and nephews, Duane (Carol) Nellis of Climax Springs, Missouri, Cynthia Ann (Bob) Kelly of Wichita, Kansas, Wesley (Debbie) Nellis of Lawrence, Kansas, Gwendolyn Mae Applegate of Redfield, Iowa, Sharon Kay (Monty) Davis of Redfield, Iowa, Thomas (Bea) Atkins of Johnston, Iowa and David (Debbie) Atkins of Nevada, Iowa.




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Visitation

Friday

16

Sep

2:00 PM 9/16/2022 2:00:00 PM - 2:30 PM 9/16/2022 2:30:00 PM
Johnson Family Funeral Home - Earlham

140 N.W. 2nd St.
Earlham, IA 50072

Johnson Family Funeral Home - Earlham
140 N.W. 2nd St. Earlham 50072 IA
United States

Service

Friday

16

Sep

2:30 PM 9/16/2022 2:30:00 PM
Johnson Family Funeral Home - Earlham

140 N.W. 2nd St.
Earlham, IA 50072

Johnson Family Funeral Home - Earlham
140 N.W. 2nd St. Earlham 50072 IA
United States
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