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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Dianne Jeanette Johnson

Dianne Johnson, 74, of Williston, passed away, Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at her Williston residence.  

Her funeral arrangements are with Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home of Williston.  Friends may sign the on-line register and give their condolences at www.fulkersons.com.

Her memorial service was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at the Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home Chapel, Williston, N.D.  Pastor Steve Anderson officiated. Friends may sign the on-line register and give their condolences at www.fulkersons.com

Dianne Jeanette Johnson was born on November 3, 1942 to Emmett and H. Barbara (Rittle) Young in Glendive. She attended grade school in Glendive and Savage and graduated in 1961 from Sidney High School in Sidney.

On June 8, 1961 she was united in marriage to Joel E. Johnson, Sr., in Reno, Nev. They were married 55 years at the time of Joel’s death in August 2014. Dianne and Joel had two children, a daughter, Jodi McPherson Shaide and a son, Joel E. Johnson, Jr.

Dianne and Joel lived at eight different places during the time they served in the U.S. Navy. She was a strong devoted military wife, always working outside of the home and keeping the home fires burning. She worked as a cashier for several grocery stores, retail stores and at the time of her death she had worked for WalMart in Williston for more than 20 years. Dianne loved working with the public and everyone knew the lady with the tattoo on her ear in jewelry at WalMart. She was definitely one of a kind and had a great gift for interacting with people with a laugh everyone will remember. 

Dianne enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren including watching two of her granddaughter’s hockey games in Williston, teaching how to make family holiday candies and taking her youngest granddaughter shopping. For a time, Dianne found a love of oil painting and always talked about getting back into when she retired. She also loved her pets, plants, flowers and iced tea. 

Dianne died Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at her home in Williston and is survived by two children, a daughter, Jodi (Mike) McPherson Shaide of Fairview; a son, Joel (Tammy) E. Johnson, Jr. of Williston; seven grandchildren, Megan (Josey) Milbradt of Bismarck, Adam (KaCee) McPherson of Savage, Alex (Carly) McPherson of Glendive, Zachary McPherson of Savage, Grace McPherson of Fairview, Kendel Johnson of Williston, and Mattie Johnson of Williston; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, John (Pam) Young of Clyde Park, Mont.; a sister, Chris Brookman of Bainville, Mont.; a brother in law, Terry Johnson of Lake Forrest, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; and a brother, Tom Young.

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