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Elizabeth Laura (Payne) Johnson

October 31, 1925 ~ August 8, 2017 (age 91)

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August 10, 2017

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Schriver's Memorial Mortuary
414 5th Avenue NW
Aberdeen, SD 57401

Liturgical Wake Service with Rosary
August 10, 2017

7:00 PM
Schriver's Memorial Mortuary
414 5th Avenue NW
Aberdeen, SD 57401

Mass of Christian Burial
August 11, 2017

10:00 AM
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
409 3rd Avenue SE
Aberdeen, SD 57401

Click here to watch Elizabeth's liturgical wake service.

Click here to watch Elizabeth's Mass of Christian burial.     

     Elizabeth Laura Johnson, 91, of Aberdeen, passed away Tuesday, August 8, 2017, at Bethesda Home of Aberdeen.  

     Mass of Christian burial will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, August 11, 2017, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 409 3rd Avenue SE, Aberdeen with Father Barry Reuwsaat as celebrant.

     Burial follows at Sacred Heart Cemetery.

     Schriver’s Memorial Mortuary & Crematory, 414 5th Avenue NW, Aberdeen is in charge of arrangements.

     Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Thursday, at the mortuary, followed by a liturgical wake service and rosary at 7:00 p.m.  Visitation continues one hour prior to Mass at the church on Friday.  

     Friends may sign Elizabeth’s online guestbook and also view her service via the live stream service link at

     Memorials are preferred to Avera@Home Hospice & Home Health (formerly North Plains Hospice) in Aberdeen.

     Elizabeth Laura (Payne) Johnson was born on October 31, 1925, to Floyd Howard and Katherine (Bossly) Payne in Aberdeen, SD.  She was raised in the Mansfield, SD area and attended Central High School in Aberdeen.  After graduating from high school, Elizabeth moved to Washington, DC and was employed by the FBI.

     Elizabeth was united in marriage to Dennis Johnson on November 30, 1944, in Washington.  Upon Dennis’ honorable discharge from the Marines, the couple moved back to South Dakota to a farm west of Scatterwood Lake.  They lived and farmed there until retiring in 2005, when they moved to Aberdeen.

     Elizabeth was a member of the Mansfield Legion Auxiliary, Faulk County Extension Club, Union Township Treasurer, and also a member and President of the Scatterwood Community Club.  In addition, she was an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Chelsea, where she held various positions and offices. 

     Elizabeth and Dennis had a love of antiques and collected many treasures throughout the years.  This appreciation was passed down and is shared by their grandchildren today.

     Blessed to have shared Elizabeth’s life are her children:  Jerome (Joyce) Johnson of Los Gatos, CA, Dennise (Dennis) Harmon of Chelsea, SD, Lorraine (Dan) Keller of Eagle Butte, SD and Marie (Greg) Brewer of Hermosa, SD; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

     Preceding Elizabeth in death is her husband of 68 years, Dennis Johnson, who passed away in 2013; her parents; two brothers; one sister; and one great-grandchild.


Charitable donations may be made to:

Avera@Home Hospice & Home Health (formerly North Plains Hospice)
201 South Lloyd St - Suite 210 West, Aberdeen SD 57401
Tel: 1-605-622-5200

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