Nellie Maude Bowman Johnson
Our beloved mother and grandmother, Nellie Maude Bowman Johnson, earned her angel wings on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, resting peacefully in her home in Reed City.
Nellie was born on Feb. 17, 1919, in Climax, the daughter of George Blaine and Mary Bella Bowman.
Mother lived an amazing, wonderful and long life. She graduated from Big Rapids High School in 1936 with honors in business. She worked in Big Rapids after graduation, moving to Lansing and then to Detroit, where she worked in the Penobscot Building and later the National Bank Building as a stenographer. Mother married her soulmate Andy Johnson in 1942. Together they raised seven children, who are honored to call her mother.
Mother was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Through the years, she worked alongside Andy in their dairy business. Her life was her family. Nurturing her children, she taught by example, and they all learned well. “Do a job big or small, do it right or not at all.” Mother loved stirring around in her kitchen. Preparing meals for her family and friends brought her great joy. She brought happiness to so many through her laughter, love of song and dance and spirited card playing (her favorite being Euchre). A jigsaw puzzle was always in the making for family and friends to share. Crossword puzzles were a part of her daily routine. Mother was full of positivity and with a smile, always saying, “This too shall pass.”
Mother had a strong faith and loved her church family and friends. She was active in the Church of the Nazarene. Busy, busy, always working and that smile and laughter was Nellie Johnson. Her 93 years were filled with love, joy and acceptance of God’s plan for her. She is happy to reunite with all her loved ones, including the angel twins. What a celebration they are having! Our glorious mother loved unconditionally with her last breaths. We will cherish her memories until we reunite as a heavenly family.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 51 years, Andrew R. Johnson; her two sons, Donald A. Johnson and Thomas M. Johnson; and six siblings, Clyde Bowman, Clifford Bowman, Etta Frantz, Ann Heath, Donald Bowman, Georgia Bender, Beatrice Phillips and Myran Welcien.
Mother was loved and enjoyed by five surviving daughters and sons-in-law, Doris E. and George Ostrander, of Grand Blanc, Mary A. and Gary Graff, of Romeo, Andrea K. and Rich Beamon, of St. Joseph, Mo., Janella L. and Larry Ransom, of Reed City, and Marla J. and Wayne Brackett, of Taylor; a sister, Nina Barnes (Dorm), of Edmore; a surviving brother, Max Bowman (Joann), of Dade City, Fla.; 25 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.
The family will celebrate Nellie’s life at 11 a.m. on May 4, 2013, at the Church of the Nazarene in Reed City. The family asks that people donate to Hospice of Michigan/Big Rapids, the Church of the Nazarene or the Reed City Senior Center in lieu of sending flowers.