Judy Johnson


Judith (Judy) Johnson, age 71 of Brookings passed away after a battle with cancer on Friday, September 4, 2020 in her home.

A public graveside service was held on Monday, September 14, 2020, at Greenwood Cemetery in Brookings.  Eidsness Funeral Home assisted Judy’s family with arrangements.

The very intimate, personal, loving relationship with Jesus overflowed to the many lives of family and friends.

Judy Malde Johnson, the daughter of Lloyd and Alice (Lovdahl) Malde was born on November 12, 1948 in Mitchell, SD. She was the oldest of 3 daughters. She grew up in the small town of Mt. Vernon, SD. She met Delmar (Del) Johnson at Mt. Vernon High School, and they were married on May 30, 1970. They made their home in Brookings at the time. They raised 2 children.

Judy graduated from Mt.Vernon High School and Dakota State College.

She loved all the traveling she and Del did together. Their travels took them to visit their children and grandchildren. Her four grandchildren were the love of her life and she was able to spend months with them each year, visiting them at their homes in other states and loving the times they visited South Dakota. She was also very involved in the lives of her nieces and nephews. She taught piano lessons to many children/teens over the years. Scripture memorization was very important to her. She loved knitting and making sweaters. She was very involved at Gracepoint Wesleyan Church.  A long time tradition of hers was to gather together with a group of ladies for Tuesday lunches. And, oh, so many wonderful memories around her dining room table!

Her story is a testimony of God’s wonderful faithfulness. She trusted Him through the good times and the difficult times. Thank God for her and His grace that carried her through.

Judy is survived by: husband: Delmar “Del” Johnson; children: Erik (Melinda) Johnson of New York; Marin Giardino of Rapid City; grandchildren: Ethan Malo, Eliana “Ellie”, Lars, and Kiersten Johnson; sisters: Jeanne (Denny) Van Dyke; Loey (Darrell) Olson; several nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CRU (Formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) or Gideons International. Cards and memorials can be directed to The Family of Judy Johnson c/o Eidsness Funeral Home, 1617 Orchard Dr., Brookings, SD 57006.

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