HAWARDEN—Sandra Eileen Johnson, 57, rural Hawarden, died Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, at her residence under hospice care. A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Hawarden Community Center, with Pastor Cy McMahon officiating. A luncheon will follow the service and inurnment will begin at 1:30 p.m. at Lands Lutheran Cemetery rural Hudson, SD. Visitation with family present will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. also at the Hawarden Community Center. Arrangements are under the direction of Porter Funeral Home in Hawarden.
Sandra’s family prefers memorials be directed to Wildlife Rehabilitation and Orphaned/Recued Animals.
She was born June 15, 1962, in Sioux Falls, SD, and was the daughter of Myron “Bud” and Deanna (Gray) Nelson.
Sandra graduated from West Sioux High School in 1980 and went on to Northeast Missouri State and became a Certified Veterinary Technician. During her summers, she would work at the family bakery in Hawarden, decorating cakes and enjoyed riding her horses in her free time. Upon graduating college, Sandra’s first job was with the Adel Veterinary Clinic for H.T. Holcomb, whom she worked with for 25 years. In 2009, she moved back to Hawarden, where she worked at West Sioux Veterinary Clinic. Sandra married Richard Johnson on June 9, 2012.
Sandra was a member of Granite Church in Hawarden. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, raising poultry, traveling and spending time with family. Sandra also enjoyed being a Grave Site Guardian — honoring family by decorating local family grave sites.
Sandra is survived by her husband, Richard Johnson of Hawarden; three children, Cassandra Oberembt of Port Angeles, WA, Kaitlyn Oberembt of Hawarden and Colby Oberembt of Ankeny; five stepchildren, Ashley (John) Schempp of Rogers, MN, Aaron (Holly) Johnson of Redwood Falls, MN, Adam (Amelia) Johnson of Blaine, MN, Andrew (Ciara) Johnson of Algona and Alan Johnson of Sioux Falls, SD; 12 grandchildren, Brecken and Autumn Oberembt, Jaidyn and William Schempp, Ronan, Adric and Eilee Johnson, Grady, Eli and Emma Johnson and Augustine and Nevaeh Johnson; her siblings, Glenn Nelson of Hawarden, Duane (Sandi) Nelson of Winterset and Brenda Dekkers of Hawarden; and many nieces and nephews.
Sandra was preceded in death by her parents Myron “Bud” and Deanna (Gray) Nelson and her infant brother, Garry Nelson.