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Eunice Marilyn (Humble) Johnson

Nov 7, 2020

Aug. 24, 1929 – Oct. 28, 2020

Eunice Marilyn (Hum-

ble) Johnson, 91, passed

away on Wednesday, Oc-

tober 28, 2020 at the

Souris Valley Care Center,

in Velva, North Dakota,

due to natural causes.

Eunice was born on Au-

gust 24, 1929 in Rugby,

North Dakota to Leonard

Anthony Humble and Hil-

da Wilhelmina (Maute)

Humble. Eunice, along

with her two younger si-

blings Alice and Leon,

grew up on the Maute

Homestead 8 miles south

east of Wolford, North

Dakota. They attended the

Union Township #4 sum-

mer country school house

until the eighth grade.

The school was located 1

mile away and they

walked to and from it.

Eunice would talk about

running fast through the

tall grass so the

grasshoppers wouldn’t

stick to her! During her

high school years she

would board out in Wol-

ford during the week and,

weather permitting, re-

turn home for the week-

end. She took her studies

very seriously and gra-

duated from Wolford high

school in 1947. She at-

tended the six week sum-

mer college course at the

Minot teachers college for

her country school teach-

ing certificate. Eunice’s

mother and sister were

school teachers also. Eun-

ice taught at two country

schools including the one

room Scotch Block School

located 4 miles north of

Wolford. She enjoyed

watching Howard Johnson

and Bob Clark play for

dances on the weekends.

On June 5, 1949 Eunice

married Howard John

Johnson on his

grandparents (Lowe)

Homestead, Caledonia

Farm, located 3 miles

north of Wolford. They

started their life together

by purchasing Walter

Clark’s farm 5 miles north

of Wolford. Their farm

was represented by a tall

windcharger peering

above the trees. Eunice

was a full-time wife and

mother. They were able to

raise five children on the

small farm along with

starting a registered Aber-

deen black Angus herd,

selling registered bulls

and sheep, grain crops

and red potatoes. In 1951

Eunice made a dedication

to Jehovah and was bap-

tized as one of Jehovah’s

Witnesses, along with her

husband Howard.

Eunice enjoyed working

in her flower and rock

gardens and grew a huge

vegetable garden every

year. She loved to share

her produce with family

and friends and was

known for her pickles and

potato salad. Eunice was

very hospitable and loved

holding babies. Whenever

company would come

over she would be busy in

the kitchen preparing a

big meal and she wouldn’t

let you forget that you

needed to sign the guest-

book before leaving! She

enjoyed capturing the mo-

ment and always had a

camera nearby! Her chil-

dren fondly remember her

mutton stew, dill pickles,

fried chicken,

scotcharoos, pies of many

varieties and coming

home from school to the

smell of freshly baked cin-

namon rolls (but you can

only have one) and her

tomato sandwiches. Eun-

ice loved the color tur-

quoise in both clothing

and jewelry.

In October 2005 Ho-

ward and Eunice left the

farm due to health rea-

sons and moved to Rugby,

North Dakota. Upon

Howard’s passing, in June

2006, Eunice made Rugby

her permanent home. In

May 2016 Eunice moved

to the Souris Valley Care

Center in Velva, North


Eunice is survived by

four of her five children:

Johlen (Melissa) Bullhead

City, Arizona, Lowlen

(Alida) Rugby, Anelda

(Harley) Skinner, Wolf

Point, Montana, Karlen

(Vanita) Jonesborough,

Tennessee; One sister, Al-

ice (Malcolm) Halvorson,

Bismarck, North Dakota;

One brother, Leon

(Carole) Humble, Phoenix,

Arizona; One son-in-law,

Edwin Nelson Jr, Embar-

rass, Minnesota; three

sisters-in-law, Iona John-

son Graybill, Rugby, Mar-

jorie Johnson, Roseburg,

Oregon, Marlys Johnson,

Devils Lake, North Dako-

ta; 10 grandchildren: Don-

ice, Ardin, Deannda,

Drenelle, Brittney, Tris-

tan, Howard, Kyle, Kaleb

and Keenan and two great

granddaughters: Cara and

Stacy and numerous

nieces, nephews, great

nieces and great nephews.

Eunice was preceded in

death by her husband of

57 years, Howard; her

parents, Leonard and Hil-

da Humble; stepmother,

Jessie Humble; One

daughter, Allona Eunice

Nelson; two uncles:

Robert (Gwen) Maute and

Martin Maute; four broth-

ers in law: Edwin and

Lowell Johnson, Frank

Graybill and Malcolm


Memorial services will

be held on November 15,

2020 at 4:00 PM (central

time) via zoom with David

Thompson of the Rugby

congregation of Jehovah’s

Witnesses officiating.

Arrangements with the

Anderson Funeral Home

of Rugby. Online Con-




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