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Freda Johnson - December 02, 2010


Freda Mildred Drumm was born in Chase County, Neb., on March 11, 1916. Freda was the third of eight daughters born to Loren and Blanche (Thompson) Drumm.
As a young girl, Freda attended grade school at District 24, here in Chase County. She lived and worked on the Drumm family farm, located northeast of Imperial, Neb.
Freda married Hursel (Bud) Johnson on May 18, 1935, in Imperial, and the couple settled in Palisade, Neb., where they made their home.
Freda and Bud found work wherever they could because jobs were few and far between at the time. At times, Freda was the sole breadwinner for the family including four children born to this union: Patsy, Elton, Marie and Floyd.
Freda adored her children and took whatever steps that were necessary to make sure they were warm and safe. The family tried many opportunities before moving to Imperial in 1954.
Bud started a gardening service which he continued until his death in 1980. Freda started a cleaning service and maintained Mrs. Hap’s Motel for nearly 40 years. At the same time she cleaned and shopped for other customers and provided other services for those in need.
Freda’s children all went on to have successful lives and careers.
As grandchildren were born, Freda doted on these children. She provided love and caring in addition to afghans, embroidered tablecloths and doilies, that each of the grandchildren still cherish. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, embroidering and crocheting. Freda was also a regular church attendee.
Freda spent the last few years of her life in a care facility in Sidney, Neb., and ultimately here in Imperial. She went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday morning, Nov. 27, 2010, at the Imperial Manor Nursing Home. She was 94 years of age.
Survivors include daughter, Patsy Meick of Gurley, Neb.; daughter, Marie Troutman and husband, Gary, of Littleton, Colo.; son, Elton Johnson and wife, Laura, of Phoenix, Ariz.; son, Floyd Johnson and wife, Ashley, of Bancroft, Idaho; grandchildren, Susan (Meick) Foster, Joe Meick, Monte Troutman, Debbie (Johnson) Lovett, Cindy (Johnson) Domke, Misty Johnson and Michele (Johnson) Rahmig; great grandchildren, Tracy (Foster) Snyder, Hank Foster, Kyle Foster, Emily Meick, Nathan Troutman, Kayte Troutman, Tyler Lovett, Kayla Lovett, Lisa Domke, Lorie Domke, Katie Domke, Zachary Domke; sisters, Arabell Terwilliger, of Chappell, Neb., Edith Steudler of Sutherland, Neb., Velma Powell of Boise, Idaho, Loraine Stenson, of Imperial, Neb.; special friend, Kermit Karns of Imperial, Neb.
Freda was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Hursel (Bud) Johnson; sisters, Twilla Zuege, Lucille Awmiller, Lillian Johnson; brothers-in-law, Harold Awmiller, Warren Terwelliger, Myron Powell, Snyder Zuege, Johnny Stenson, George Steudler, Arlie Johnson; and son-in-law, Bill Meick.
Memorial services were held Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 1, 2010, 1 p.m. (MT) at Liewer Funeral Home of Imperial with Rev. Harwerth officiating.
No visitation, Freda chose cremation.
A memorial has been established in her memory.
Online condolences can be left at liewerfuneralhome.com.
Liewer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.