Enid Margarethe Johnson
Enid Margarethe Johnson was born to Reverend Samuel E. and Selma Johnson on September 20, 1923, in Virginia, Minnesota. In 1929, together with her parents, sister Marina and brother Sam, she moved to Portland, Oregon where they lived for three years.
In 1932, the family moved to Assaria, Kansas, where her father served as pastor of the Assaria Lutheran Church. There Enid spent her childhood and graduated from high school as Valedictorian. In 1945 she earned her Bachelor’s degree in English from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas. She was listed in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities and, in her senior year, she served as president of her class, a position that her father, sister and brother had also held during their years at Bethany. Following graduation, Enid worked for the Board of American Missions of the Lutheran Church in America in Houston, Texas.
She appreciated the beauty of art and the nature that surrounded her, was a lifelong learner and delighted in the written word. She loved to write and kept up an extensive correspondence with friends from childhood, college and early motherhood. She was an avid reader and actively engaged in the books that she read. She found delight in visiting far off places and the people found in those pages.
In 1946, she came to Kansas City as a parish worker for Immanuel Lutheran Church and as secretary for the late Dr. Victor Spong. While at Immanuel, she met Ed Johnson. They married in 1948 at the church and spent the remainder of their lives actively involved in the church’s ministry and its people. Enid’s strong sense of involvement and volunteerism led her to assume numerous duties and activities in her church. She was a Sunday school teacher for thirty years, a member of the choir, Altar Guild, and women’s groups. She was trained as a Bethel Bible teacher in Madison, Wisconsin, continuing Bethel teaching for the next six years. She served as a member of the education committee for the National Lutheran Church Women. She was a former member of Trinity Lutheran Hospital Auxiliary and Friends of Trinity Manor. Enid was vitally interested in the quality of worship and while serving for six years as a member of the church council, she chaired the committee on Worship and Music.
A quiet demeanor surrounded this gracious and dignified woman who devoted her life to her family, her church and her friends. She was creative, patient, and persistent and had an eye for detail. These attributes were evident in the sewing and handwork that she enjoyed. Visual reminders of her presence and devotion to her family of faith can be found throughout the church. Her needlepoint talents can be seen in the kneelers, the clergy chairs and the offering plates. It brought her great joy to lend her leadership in this manner and while in her 80s, she honored the memory of her husband by lovingly stitching the piano bench cushion.
Enid was the consummate wife, mother and homemaker. She and Ed were blessed to have been married for 58 years. They had two daughters to whom she was completely devoted. She often said that God’s purpose for her life was to be a mother and her words and actions exemplified that to all. She was a proud and supportive grandmother and felt especially blessed to have been given the gift of two great-grandchildren in her life.
Enid will be missed by her daughters Ingrid Logan and Margaret Karin Johnson; her grandchildren Adam Seitz and Meredith Johanning; their spouses Wade Logan, Sarah Seitz and Chad Johanning; her great-grandchildren Lauren and Isaac Seitz; nephews, cousins and countless friends who blessed her life. Though we who remain mourn our loss, her life will remain forever etched in our hearts and memory as we celebrate her joyful entry into eternal life.
Enid will now join her husband, parents, brother, sister, and many relatives and dear friends who have passed on before her. Her ashes will join her husband’s in a holy setting special to both of them. Memorials in Enid’s name may be made to the Immanuel Lutheran Church Special Music Fund.
A memorial service honoring her life will be held on Friday, April 16, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1700 Westport Road, with visitation at 10:00 prior to the service.