Obit: Johnson, Beatrice Mae (1917 - 2004)

Surnames: Johnson, Ross, Hudson, Venzke, Eliason, Kelly, Nickolson

----Source: Ashland Daily Press (Ashland, Ashland County, Wis.) Friday, 16 Apr. 2004

Johnson, Beatrice Mae (17 Apr. 1917 - 12 Apr. 2004)

Beatrice Mae Johnson, age 86, formerly a resident of Washburn, died Easter Monday, April 12, 2004 at Lakeside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Chippewa Falls, following a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born into a family of 13 children on April 17, 1917 in Washburn, the daughter of Raymond and Amelia (Ross) Hudson. Bea grew up and attended school in Washburn. On March 31, 1945, she married Harry B. "Bud” Johnson. They lived in Bayfield where they owned a family commercial fishing business. In 1959, they moved to Barron, where they managed Crown Turkey Farm for Jerome Turkeys until the time of their retirement. They returned to Washburn, built a home and enjoyed retirement together. After Bud's passing in 1993, Beatrice remained in Washburn among her many family members until July 2003, when she moved to the care center in Chippewa Falls to be near her only daughter.

Beatrice is survived by a daughter Karen (Don) Venzke of Chippewa Falls; brothers: Ellsworth (Elinor), and Glenn (Alice) Hudson, both of Washburn; a sister, Edna Eliason of Superior; and sister-in-laws, Elizabeth Hudson of New Richmond, Mary Hudson of Washburn, and Nora Kelly of Ashland; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry "Bud" on June 30, 1993; her parents; four brothers: Bert, Floyd, Charles, and Roy; and five sisters: Ethel, Grace, infant sisters, Florence, Lois and Beverly.

Funeral services will be held at the Washburn United Methodist Church on Saturday, April 17, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Don Nickolson officiating. Interment will be in the Woodland Cemetery in Washburn. Visitation will be today, Friday, April 16, from 5-7 p.m. at the Bratley Funeral Home in Washburn. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.




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