One of 11 children born to Gordon and Ruth (Munro) Lucht in Muskegon Heights, MI, she enjoyed her childhood in Michigan prior to the family's move to North Dakota when she was 13 years old. After receiving her diploma, she had various jobs in Minot, ND prior to her marriage.
She married Lloyd Johnson and they farmed in Garrison, ND. They had 4 children, Lloyd “Ole”, Susan “Suzie”, Carolyn “Carrie”, and Barney. Betty raised her children in Minot, ND where she was active in her church, was a longtime baker, and a caregiver to young and old.
Betty moved to Virginia in 1990 where Suzie and her family live and then on to Oswego, NY in 1994, where Barney and his family live. It is in Oswego where Betty was best known for selflessly serving God at Oswego Alliance Church. Putting Christ first in all she did, Betty was devoutly faithful to God and her family, was constantly helpful to others, always had an encouraging word to share, and had an incredibly sweet, kind, and gentle spirit. She was well-known for being a faithful prayer warrior. She loved playing piano at local nursing homes, at the Salvation Army, and at senior residence facilities. She was thrilled to see others respond joyfully in hearing songs from their youth.
Her daughter, Carrie Harris, preceded her in death in July, 2018. She is survived by her son, Ole Johnson, Fargo, ND; daughter, Susan (Mitchell) Burcham, Hayes, VA; son Barney (Michelle) Johnson, Oswego, NY; her 10 grandchildren: Justin, Jared, and Jenna Burcham; Alesia, David (Tiffany), Benjamin (Nadia), and Katlin Harris; Lindsay (Stephen) Syrell, Amber Johnson, and Chelsea (Kyle) Rehnlund; 7 great-grandchildren; one sister, Beverly Gehlken from Zanesville, OH; numerous nieces and nephews; along with several dear friends.
Calling hours will be held at Nelson Funeral Home in Oswego, NY, Friday, July 5th from 4:00-7:00 pm. Her “celebration of life” service will be held at Oswego Alliance Church, Saturday, July 6th at 11:00am. Memorial contributions may be made to Oswego Alliance Church, 371 Thompson Road, Oswego, NY 13126.