Virginia Day Johnson, 93, of Brainerd, formerly of Hudson and St. Louis Park, Minn., passed away peacefully Sunday, April 13, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
She was born June 13, 1914, in Hudson, to Cecil and Winnie (Norton) Day. She was a Hudson High School graduate in 1931 and attended the University of North Dakota. She received a BS degree in nursing education from the University of Minnesota in 1936. She was a member of Delta Gamma Sorority.
On June 11, 1938, she was united in marriage to Clement Maurice Johnson.
She taught nursing at Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in St. Louis Park until retirement in 1970.
After retiring, she and Clement traveled extensively throughout the country. She was active in her community. She joined the St. Louis Park Senior Program in 1972 as a charter member. She served on the St. Louis Park City Wide Advisory Council for 10 years and as a chairperson for one year.
She attended the state and national convention of the Community Education Association. She was a member of the Policy Advisory Council for one year and served on the Senior Advisory Council three times and was the first woman chairperson. She was selected as the Third District Delegate to the Congressional Senior Citizen Program and went to Washington, D.C., where she met President Carter. She chaired the Health Services committee of the Senior Program and the Gift Shop committee. She was a member of the Lennox Task Force committee.
She was an active member and past president of the St. Louis Park Women's Club. She had been an active member until recently of Union Congregational Church since 1946. She was past president of the Women's Fellowship, past chairperson of the "Over Sixties" club, served on the Benevolence Board, member of the Befrienders group, served as an usher for many years and was a past member of the church choir.
She had been awarded with numerous certificates of recognition and appreciation for her involvement and contribution in community education. She had also received recognition for her numerous volunteer activities including blood pressure checks for seniors, the Grandparent Program and teaching bridge to seniors. In her spare time, she enjoyed playing bridge, golfing, fishing, hiking and babysitting her grandchildren.
She is survived by daughter Karen (Joseph) Daas of Brainerd, Minn.; son Gary (Gerene) Johnson of Sturgeon Lake; six grandchildren, Michael and Steven Daas, Julie Moberg, Laura Tyo, Emily and Matthew Luedke; six great-grandchildren; and one nephew.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Clement; her parents; two sisters, Elizabeth Hall and Kathleen Sandven; and three nieces, Kathy Sandven, Nancy Niles and Genie Wormser.
A memorial service celebrating Virginia's life will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 19, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village 100 Building Chapel in Brainerd. Burial will be at Willow River Cemetery in Hudson at a later date.
Memorials are preferred to the Lennox Foundation of the St. Louis Park Senior Program.
Arrangements are with Nelson-Doran Funeral Home in Brainerd.