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Eleanor Johnson, 92 - August 27, 2015

Eleanor Johnson, 92, of Lincoln, formerly of Brady, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, at her home.
Services will take place on Friday, Sept. 4, at 10 a.m. at the Berean Church in Broken Bow with the Revs. Bryan Clark, Larry DeMoss and Tyce Jensen officiating. Burial will be at the Broken Bow Cemetery.
A visitation will be conducted on Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Govier Bros. Mortuary in Broken Bow.
Johnson was born Sept. 30, 1922, at her farm home. She was the daughter of August E. Bratten and Minnie R. Thompson Bratten, the eldest of four children.
She graduated from Brady High School in May of 1940, and began immediately to teach rural school for two years, one at Maxwell and one year at North Vroman. She then attended Kearney College and taught three more years at North Vroman.
On Nov. 14, 1945, she married Willard C. Johnson of Gothenburg. The couple began their married life on their farm home at Rock Island Table north of Gothenburg. To this union, three children were born.
Johnson and her husband moved to Broken Bow after spending their first 11 years on the farm. She continued to be a mother and wife when she joined Becton Dickenson Pharmaceutical plant in Broken Bow. She was known for her strict attention to detail and worked for the company for 23½ years.
She and her husband had worked day and night to help build the Berean Church in Broken Bow, her family said. If a pastor and family needed to eat or sleep over in Broken Bow, she always had her home open and meals fixed.
Johnson and her husband joined the Gideon’s International in 1954. They served faithfully in this global ministry, both of them until their death. Johnson was known as a prayer warrior, as was her husband. Countless hours were spent on their knees praying for friends, family and the goings on in and around Broken Bow.
?Whenever there was a church function being held, she and her husband were the first to arrive and the last to depart as serving and pursuing Christ was their life goal. They took countless trips to the Gideon’s International Convention, taking along their children and grandchildren.
When her husband had a church service for the Gideon’s, she was always in the service with him. She was a faithful wife, a prayer warrior, a loving mother and an unbelievable grandmother and great-grandmother, according to family members.
She was preceded in death by: her husband, Willard C. Johnson; her parents, August and Minnie Bratten; brothers—Winifred and Dale Bratten.
Survivors include: her three children—Larry Dean of Grant, Delane Eugene (Joyce) of Seattle WA, and Marlene Kay (Jim) Davidson of Lincoln; a sister, Norene Evangeline Bratten Anderson of Gothenburg; sister-in-law, Crystal Fenner Johnson of Broken Bow; a cousin, Helen Jean Johnson of Gothenburg; nine grandchildren—Chad, Tyler, Melissa and Celeste Johnson (children of Larry), David and Jeffrey Johnson (children of Delane) and Anna, Sara and Mary (daughters of Marlene); 20 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.