NASHUA, Iowa – Glenda S. Johnson, 76, of Nashua, died Thursday, July 3, 2014, at Floyd County Medical Center in Charles City, Iowa.
Glenda Sue Johnson was born June 24, 1938, in Kell, the daughter of Gail and Hazel (Griffith) Henson. She attended school in Rock Falls, and graduated in 1956 from Rock Falls High School. After graduation, Glenda moved to San Diego, where she worked as a telephone operator for 4 years. She then moved back to Rock Falls, where she worked as a waitress at Gordon’s Restaurant in Sterling. Glenda met Merle Johnson at the roller skating rink in Sterling. The couple were married July 2, 1961, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sterling. To this union, three children were born. The family moved to Atkinson, and then to Geneseo, where Glenda stayed at home and looked after the children.
In 1968, the family moved to Iowa, where they were planning to rent a home in Charles City. Just before moving to the area, there was a large tornado that destroyed many of the area homes, so they purchased a home in Nashua.. Glenda worked as a cook in the Nashua Elementary School District, and spent time working at Nashua Floral. In 1991, the family moved to Rochester, Minnesota. Glenda worked at Whitings Florist until Merle retired in 2001. They moved back to Nashua to enjoy family and friends.
Glenda had a passion for flowers, and created the flowers for all of her grandchildren’s weddings. She enjoyed crafting, playing cards, traveling, fishing, and loved gambling. Glenda cherished time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren.
Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Merle of Nashua; two daughters, Kim (Richard) Lefebvre of North Bay, Ontario, Canada, and Andrea Harrington of Long Beach, California; one son, Steve (Connie) Johnson of Center Point, Iowa; four grandsons, Jeremy (Lori) Harrington of Nashua, Dustin Harrington of Fort Myers, Florida, Joshua Buchholz of North Bay, Ontario, Canada, and Kyle Johnson of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; five granddaughters, Lacy Harrington of Nashua, Jaime Harrington of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Mekayla Riddell of North Bay, Ontario, Canada, Ashley (Cody) Ratliff of Central City, Iowa, and Nichole Johnson of Clinton, Iowa; five great-grandchildren, Alexis and Owen Harrington, Madison and Mackenzie Riddell, and Addyson Ratliff; and a stepbrother, Roy (Debbie) Gibson of Pueblo, Colorado.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Gary Henson; and her stepfather, Joe Gibson.
Services were Monday and Tuesday at Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home Olson Chapel in Nashua. Private family interment will be at a later date.