Phylbert Elaine Johnson, 86 of Sargent, passed away Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, in Lincoln. She was born Feb. 19, 1925, at Westerville, to Albert and Olive (Ducker) Hallman.
She grew up in Ansley, and graduated from Ansley High School in 1942. She attended Kearney State Teachers College for two years and received her teaching certificate. She received her bachelors degree from Kearney State College in 1971. She taught kindergarten and first grade at Westerville, Oconto, Elsie and Sargent Public Schools.
She was united in marriage to Earl S. Johnson May 20, 1947, at Broken Bow. To this union four children were born: Barbara, Donald, David and Brenda.
She made three major investments in life; the first being her faith in Jesus Christ, which she expressed through her active involvement in the Evangelical United Brethren Church of Oconto and the United Methodist Church of Elsie and Sargent. In her later years she became an active prayer warrior as she would intercede for her family, friends and nation. Her second major investment was in her family; she dearly loved her husband, she spent hours investing herself in raising her children and attending their activities, she was proud of all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and loved nothing more than being together witht he extended Hallman and Johnson families.
The other major investment in her life was her dedication to public education. She fully enjoyed her camaraderie with her fellow techers and strived to see her students learn.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Larry; and two sisters, Shirley and Alberta.
Survivors include her hcildren, Barbara and Frank Szmajda of Lincoln, Donald and Jonie Johnson of Grant, David and Debra Johnson of Superior, and Brenda and Marlin Svatos of Cascade, Colo.; eight granadchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ronald Hallman of Elyria, Kan., and Barney and Marcia Hallman of Shasta, Calif.; one sister, Carolyn and Kirby Fisher of Park Hills, Okla.; two sisters-in-law, Mary Poland of Sargent, and Bernice Partridge of Grand Island, and a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the Rhoad Funeral Chapel in Sargent with the Rev. David Johnson and the Rev. Cliff Reynolds officiating. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery in Sargent. Visitation will be Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at Rhoad Funeral Home in Sargent.
The family wishes that memorials in her honor be given to Mount Hope Cemetery Road Fund, c/o First National Bank, PO Box 130, Sargent, NE.
Published in Custer County Chief, Nov. 17, 2011