Carolyn D. Johnson, 73, longtime Palermo rancher, died Wednesday Oct. 3, 2012, at a Minot nursing home.
Carolyn was born March 30, 1939, on her grandfather's farm, near Palermo, to Peter and Anna (Andersen) Johnson. "Toodles," as she was affectionately known by her school chums and close family, was raised near Palermo and educated in Clearwater Township School and Palermo High School. She played basketball during her high school years, graduating with the Class of 1957.
After graduation, Carolyn continued to ranch, primarily horses and cattle, on the family ranch. She was efficient with the front loading tractor and was responsible for the haying duties on the ranch every year. She enjoyed her life on the prairie and was even known to enjoy hunting.
She was the treasurer for Palermo Alumni Association for many years and was very active in horse shows. She could often be found traveling around the areas of Rugby and Blaisdell, showcasing her talents and her special love of horses. She halter broke her own horses for many years and was most fond of "Quicksilver," an Appaloosa that she loved with all her heart. Her love for animals didn't end with horses but continued on with her special cat, Sugar Plum, who was white in color with a one blue and one green eye and couldn't wait to hear from her on the telephone.
Carolyn was also a talented artist and painter, and in her later years developed quite a hand for drawing. Carolyn was a longtime member of the Minot Camera Club, often entering her artwork and photography in the North Dakota State Fair, even taking home ribbons from this year's competition.
Her life on the prairie afforded her many outstanding opportunities to capture the beauty that came along with it, and she never hesitated to make these moments everlasting through her artwork.
Left to mourn her passing are: her sister, Dorothy Tedrow, of Palermo; two nephews, Hugh (Julie) Johnson, of Dickinson, and Harvey (Denise) Johnson, of Minot; many cousins and countless friends. She will be greatly missed by all whose lives she touched.
Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents; brother and sister-in-law, Harvey and Hazel Johnson; and niece, Holly, and her son, Cole.
At Carolyn's request, her cremated remains will be scattered at the big hill owned by the Johnson family, while the sweet peas are in bloom in the middle of April to early May 2013.
Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).
(Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot)