Shirley Johnson


Shirley Johnson, 85, of Bemidji, MN died Monday, September 13, 2021 at Sanford Medical Center, Fargo.

Memorial Services will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, September 17, 2021 at Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home, Bemidji. Family will greet friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Shirley Yvonne Howie was born February 23, 1936 in Dennison, MN to Dewey and Gladys Howie. As a young girl her family moved to Bemidji where she graduated from high school. On May 12, 1961 she married Orville L. Johnson in Bemidji. Shirley worked at City Drug for several years. She then became a pharmacist assistant and worked at the Medicine Shoppe until her retirement. Shirley enjoyed dancing, singing and her home was a meeting place for friends and family with too many to list. She loved to visit with anyone who was willing to share. Shirley touched the hearts of all of her family and friends, with a special bond between her grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Shirley always had time for people she knew and loved. She will be extremely missed.

She is survived by her son, Bob (Melissa) Johnson of Granby, CO; daughter, Wendy (Mark) Hattfield of Bemidji; grandchildren, Jesse Johnson and Wyatt Johnson and siblings, Jack Howie of Bemidji, Gloria Beighley of Bemidji and George Howie of Faribault.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Orville; brothers, Hugh, Duwayne, Vern and Don and sisters, Edna Cast, Betty Stransky and Margaret Van Thomma.

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