Carol Johnson, 94, of Mitchell, SD, died Monday, December 9, 2019 at Sanford Medical Center in Chamberlain, SD.
A memorial service will be held at 11:30 AM Thursday, December 12, 2019 at First Lutheran Church in Mitchell. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.
Carol was born December 24, 1924 in New Effington, South Dakota to John and Bertha (Meyer) Benson.
She graduated from Breckenridge High School, Breckenridge, MN in 1942, and went on to enjoy a fulfilling career as an elementary school teacher. Carol’s first position was in a one-room school, teaching grades 1-8. She had a natural gift for teaching, and especially enjoyed sharing her love of art and poetry with her students. Carol continued her dedication to enriching the minds of elementary students in Alexandria, MN, St. Cloud, MN and Redwood Falls, MN. She married Dwain O. Johnson on June 16, 1956 in Wahpeton, North Dakota.
After relocating with her husband and two children to Mitchell, South Dakota, in 1966, she matriculated at Dakota Wesleyan University, where she earned her Bachelors Degree in Education in 1973. She then served the Mitchell community as a substitute teacher, and taught full time in Rosedale Colony. From 1980 to 1991 she was the Children’s Coordinator at the Mitchell Public Library. Carol was the first Children’s Coordinator to host her own Public Access Television program, reading stories, reviewing books and promoting the services of the library to the community at large.
An early member of South Dakota Public Television, she was a staunch supporter of the arts. Carol successfully sold record numbers of memberships to the Mitchell Area Concert Series, and eventually participated in selecting the entertainment as a member of their Board of Directors. She was also active in Mitchell Art Club, Delta Kappa Gamma, First Lutheran Church Women and the American Association of University Women.
She is preceded in death by her sister Delphine Benson, her brother Weldon Benson, her parents, and her husband Dwain Johnson. She is survived by her two sisters, Marian Kyllo (Robert) and Paulette Hutton (David), daughter Patricia, son Joseph and grandson Ross Johnson.