Edla Josephine Johnson, 85, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, July 5, 2014, while living at North Shore Health in Loveland, CO.
Born on September 16, 1928 in Denver, CO, Edla was the second and last child to be born to Swedish immigrants John Isadore “Albert” Wilson and Maria “Augusta” Josephine Andersson Wilson.
In an unfortunate hunting accident, Edla’s father was killed when she and her brother were just 11 and 13 years old.
Despite the tough circumstances of their mom raising them alone in a foreign land, both children did well. They both graduated from the University of Denver, Edla with a Degree in Business.
While in college, she was a member of the Sigma Kappa Sorority and was very proud of being named the Rose of Sigma Chi, an award presented by the Governor of Colorado. She was also an honorary member of the Mortar Board.
At the University, she also met her future husband, Stan Johnson, a law student and World War II veteran.
In Denver, Edla was employed by Silver State Laundry, Mountain Bell Telephone and the Colorado and Southern Railroad. She said that she really enjoyed her 1940’s railway job and that it paid well too, $260/month. She also taught business and shorthand at Wheat Ridge High School.
Edla and Stan were married on August 24, 1950, in Denver, CO in a candlelit service at Augustana Lutheran Church. Together they raised four children in the two towns of Denver and Palmer Lake, CO. During this time, she was a homemaker and a legal secretary for her husband in his law practice.
Edla loved her Swedish roots. She and Stan were co-founders of the Swedish Club of Denver and she served as First Lady to the First President. The club is still very active today.
She also kept in contact with many relatives in Sweden and made a big effort to keep the Swedish culture and customs alive in her American family.
However, she did not speak the language because in early elementary school, teachers unfortunately asked her parents to stop speaking Swedish at home.
After her husband retired, they moved from Denver to Bluff to be closer to their daughter’s family and to work with them at Recapture Lodge.
It was only 12 years until Stan’s death, but during this time they very much enjoyed being grandparents to young children and living and working with the people of Bluff and San Juan County. Edla then relocated back to Colorado, where she passed away ten years later.
Edla is preceded in death by her parents; her husband Stan, in 2003; and her brother Roland, in 2009.
Edla is survived by her four children, Stan Johnson of Denver, CO; Coralyn Johnson of Sedalia, CO; Luanne (Jim) Hook of Bluff, UT; and Rosalyn (Bert) Leautaud of Windsor, CO; seven grandchildren; one sister-in-law and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held in Loveland, CO at the Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home on Friday, July 11. Father Redd of St. Christopher’s Mission, officiated burial services on Saturday, July 12, at the Bluff Cemetery. Cemetery services were held at sunset and as she was laid to rest next to her husband, brilliant double rainbows graced the sky.
Card of thanks
The family would like to thank everyone for all of the kindnesses shown to Edla and Stan while they lived in San Juan County and to the family during this time of sorrow.
The food for the dinner and the help with the burial was very much appreciated, as were the calls, cards and flowers.