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Joyce Lillian Johnson

December 4, 1926 — September 26, 2020

Joyce Johnson, age 93, of Granton, WI died Saturday, September 26, 2020 in the Emergency Room of the Marshfield Medical Center in Marshfield, WI.


Joyce Lillian Porath was born on December 4, 1926 at home in the Town of Lynn, Clark County, Wisconsin the daughter of Ernest and Lillie (Yankee) Porath. She attended Mayflower Grade School in the Town of Lynn and then helped on the family farm. On April 15, 1950, Joyce was united in marriage to Harvey Johnson. They had three children, Linda, Clifford and Duane and farmed on County Road W in the Town of Lynn. Eventually, they sold the farm to their son, Duane. Harvey died in 1993, and for the past few years Joyce has been living in an assisted living facility in Marshfield.


Joyce was a member of the United Church of Christ in Neillsville. During her days on the farm, she enjoyed running her retail shop; selling canning material and other small items to local area residents. She also enjoyed her special kitty, “Jimmy”, tending to her flowers, watching and feeding the birds and taking care of her farm animals. When her grandchildren were younger, Joyce, would make sure they got off the school bus safe and sound and care for them while their parents were at work.


She is survived by two sons, Clifford (Christine) Johnson of Ishpeming, MI and Duane (Charlotte) Johnson of Granton, WI, a son-in-law, Ken Hughes of Sarasota, FL, five grandchildren, Heather Hughes, Christopher (Heidi) Hughes, Daniel Johnson (fiancé Chelsea Swinford), Kevin Johnson, Kayla Johnson and four great grandchildren, Shaun Hughes, Savannah Shea, Mason Hughes and Halle Hughes.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey on March 20, 1993, a daughter, Linda Hughes on April 27, 2009, two brothers, Victor (Gloria) Porath and Loren Porath and a sister, Gladys (Oscar) Sternitzky.


Private family funeral services for Joyce will be held at the Johnson family farm in Granton, WI. Pastor Jacoba Koppert will officiate. Interment will be next to her husband and daughter in the Town of Lynn Cemetery.


The family would like to thank the staff at Wells Nature View assisted living facility for the wonderful care that Joyce received during her stay there the past few years.


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