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Mayme Ruth Johnson

Mayme Ruth Johnson was born July 14, 1919, in Woonsocket, S.D., to Sarah (Peterson) and Peter John Berens, the youngest of 12 children. Mayme attended country school for two years until the family moved from a farm in Sanborn County to Woonsocket. She graduated from Woonsocket High School in 1938. She worked part time for several years as a switch board operator at Central Electric. On August 17, 1942, she married Kenneth A. Johnson. They lived in Woonsocket until 1950. The marriage later ended in divorce.

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Mayme then went to work at Montgomery Ward and Company where she worked in the office and as a switch board operator for 27 years. Upon her retirement from Montgomery Ward, she began employment at St. John's Hospital (now Huron Regional Medical Center) where she was a switchboard operator for 21 years, retiring in 1986.

Her retirement consisted of "Aquacize" 3 times weekly at the Crossroads Convention Center pool and later at the Super 8 Motel, shooting pool at the Senior Center, as well as bowling and golfing. Her main love of life was dancing, which she and her special friend, Leon Baye, enjoyed together. They were members of the Belles and Beaus Square Dance Club, Mr. and Mrs. Dance Club and the Fun Steppers Dance Club.

Mayme entered Violet Tschetter Memorial Home on Nov. 3, 2009, where she resided until her death February 1, 2014.

Her best friend for over 30 years, Leon Baye passed away Sept. 4, 2009. Also preceding her in death were her parents, Sarah and Peter Berens, siblings, Kathryn Mae Berens, Margaret West, Mary Jane Berens, Clara Hice, Edward Berens, Stella Berens, Robert Berens, William Berens, Arthur Berens, Peter Gilbert Berens and Earl Berens, and several nieces and nephews.

Mayme is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, who considered "Auntie Maym" the matriarch of the family.

Funeral service: 11:00 am Wednesday February 5th at the United Methodist

Church, Woonsocket. Burial will be in Eventide Cemetery, Woonsocket. Rev. Rhonda Wellsandt-Zell will officiate.

Visitations: 4-7 pm on Tuesday at the Basham Funeral Home Woonsocket and one prior to service at the church.

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