Alice LaVerne (Martin) Johnson, 84 (just shy of her 85th birthday), of Galt and formerly of Spiritwood, N.D., peacefully joined her heavenly family on Aug. 15, 2020. She was born on Aug. 27, 1935 in Pettibone, N.D. to Ludwig and Katherine (Guthmiller) Martin. She grew up in the Pettibone, Wimbledon and Jamestown areas, graduating from Jamestown High School. Alice was crowned Miss Lake Ashtabula in 1953. After high school, she worked at the DePuy-Sorkness Clinic as a bookkeeper.
Alice married Norman Johnson on Sept. 21, 1957. Together they farmed the family farm north of Spiritwood. They had two daughters, Robbin and Terri. Alice enjoyed music, fishing, gardening and sewing, from bridesmaid dresses to Norman’s spiffy sports jackets. After Robbin and Terri grew up, she got a part time job at Yesteryear in Jamestown where she reengaged her art skills. She took up oil painting and has sold many pieces of art all across North Dakota and around the Sacramento area of California. Over the years, she was a member of Concordia Lutheran and Atonement Lutheran churches.
Surviving Alice are her husband of 62 years, Norman; daughters, Robbin (Tom) Bitz and Terri Carter; five grandchildren, Kristyn and Matthew (Allison), and Chad, Joshua (Audra) and Michelle; three great-grandchildren, Sabri, Aidon and Joshua; sisters, Jeannie Martin and Donna (Darrell) Gates; step-siblings, Herman (Jonnie) Grosshans, Elfriede Wert and Trudy Fischer.
Preceding Alice in death were her parents, Ludwig and Katherine Martin (later Grosshans), brother Melvin, also stepfather Otto Grosshans and stepbrothers Irwin and Egon Grosshans.
A memorial service will be held for family members, with arrangements by Ben Salas Funeral Home.
Her funeral will take place in Jamestown, N.D., with burial at Spiritwood Cemetery at a later date and Eddy Funeral Home assisting with arrangements.
Donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in Alice’s name.