Carol Elizabeth Johnson, age 94, of Faith, South Dakota, passed away on May, 28, 2013 at the Good Samaritan Center in New Underwood, South Dakota. She was born on December 25, 1918, in Kenmare, North Dakota while her mother and brothers were in transit back home from visiting relatives in Canada.
Carol lived all of her life in South Dakota. She attended grade school at White Swan School (rural), which was near her home on Rattlesnake Creek located about 20 miles southwest of Dupree. She graduated from Faith High School in 1935. Carol attended Spearfish Normal School for one year where she obtained her teaching certificate. She continued with her education eventually receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in 1970 and Masters Degree in 1975.
Carol began her career by teaching in rural schools in Ziebach County. She taught Head Start in Dupree, and served as Elementary Coordinator for the West River School District, which included Faith and Dupree and six rural schools. She ended her career as Elementary Principal of the Faith District 46-2, which included Faith and three rural schools – Plainview, Maurine and Cottonwood.
Carol married Kenneth Johnson on November 21, 1940. They took over Kenneth’s parent’s ranch where they raised their family and remained until 1999 when they moved into a house in Faith. Carol retired from the teaching profession in 1990. Governor George Mickelson proclaimed April 29, 1990, as Carol Johnson Day in recognition of her 43 years of devotion to Public Education.
Carol is survived by her brother, Maurice (Jane) Frame of Lansford, ND; two sons: Dennis (Welma) of Arvada, CO, Dean (Judy) of Faith; her two daughters, Arlyce (Butch) of Faith, and Cheryl Schmidt (Darold) of Rapid City. Also surviving are four sisters-in-law, Thelma Frame (Jim), Beverly Lindblom (Dan), Myrtice Frame (Wallace) and Vivian Frame (Tom). Her eleven grandchildren include, Kyle and Kenny Krause, Karyl Mencke, Darin Fowler, Faith Kilby, Lyle, Angie, Russel and Chris Johnson, Becky King and Devin Walters. Carol has 14 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Laura Frame, her husband Kenneth, three brothers, Tom, Wallace, and James and grandson Jon.
Visitation for family and friends was at the Faith Memorial Chapel on Friday, May 31. On Saturday, June 1, a private family service was held at 9:00 at the Faith Memorial Chapel preceding graveside services for family and friends at the Faith Cemetery at 10:00, followed by Fellowship for all in the Methodist Church basement.
A memorial has been established to the Faith School in lieu of flowers.
Condolences may be sent through our website at www.faithareamemorialchapel.com.