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Ila Kathleen Johnson
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Obituary for Ila Kathleen Johnson

Ila Kathleen Johnson, 89, of North Liberty passed away surrounded by family on Wednesday, October 18 at her home in North Liberty.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00 pm on Sunday, October 22 at the First United Methodist Church in North Liberty. Visitation will be from 2:00 – 4:00pm at the church prior to the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed toward the First United Methodist Church North Liberty or the donor’s choice.

Ila was born July 18, 1928 to John and Hulda (Hamann) James. She spent her growing up years on a farm near Cresco, Iowa. After high school, she earned her BA from the University of Iowa and began a teaching career that spanned 30 years, a good share of the time in Cedar Rapids.
On October 26, 1957, she was united in marriage to Paul E. Johnson at the Methodist Church in Cresco. Two children joined this union, Bruce and Jodi. In 1989, she and Paul purchased the Jolly Roger Campground (Scales Point and Bobbers Grill) on Coralville lake and operated it for 13 years.

Ila loved spending time with her grandchildren, enjoyed camping trips and travel with her family throughout the U.S. and Europe. She liked to read, boat, play bridge, scrabble tournaments, crossword puzzles, garden, watching Wheel of Fortune and involvement in many church activities and the whip-pool-will club.

Ila is survived by her daughter, Jodi (Scott) Dunn of North Liberty; seven grandchildren, Joseph (Deena), Samuel, Mitchell and Jacob Johnson and Heidi and Shaina Fay and Tia Dunn, plus a step- granddaughter, Katie (Todd) Tumilty of New Jersey; six great-grandchildren, Eboni, Jayla and Lawton, Audrey, Tyler, Delilah and expecting great-granddaughter Torriana; and her sister, Marvel Grabau of Cresco. She is also survived by numerous friends and her beloved cat, Bandit.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her son Bruce, her niece Ann Kowalke and her sister Marjorie Oliphant.


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Visitation

Sunday

22

Oct

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
First United Methodist Church -- North Liberty

85 North Jones Boulevard
North Liberty, IA 52317

Service

Sunday

22

Oct

4:00 PM
First United Methodist Church -- North Liberty

85 North Jones Boulevard
North Liberty, IA 52317


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First United Methodist Church -- North Liberty

85 North Jones Boulevard
North Liberty, IA 52317

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