Velma Johnson, 96, Sidney, MT

Funeral services for Velma Johnson, 96, Sidney, MT were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021 at Ebenezer Congregational Church, Sidney, MT with Pastor David Meehan officiating. Interment will be in Sidney Cemetery, Sidney, MT under the care of Fulkerson-Stevenson Funeral Home, Sidney, MT. Visitation was 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 17, 2021, at the funeral home and one hour before services at the church. Remembrances, condolences and pictures may be shared with the family at

Florence "Velma" was born on Nov. 7, 1925, Vida, MT to Pearle and Irene (Zumsteg) Cooper. She lived on her parents homestead 'til the age of 3. They then moved to Axtel, MT where she graduated from the 8th grade. The most important thing that happened was when she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at the age of 15. She graduated from Richey High School in 1946. In the fall of 1947, Velma moved to Sidney, MT, where she worked at various places. In 1951, she enrolled in Prairie Bible Institute, Alberta, Canada. In 1952, Velma married Donald K. Johnson. They lived and took over his parent's farm in Sidney, they had two children, Jacqueline Pamela arrived in 1960, followed by Philip Donald in 1963.

In 1987, Velma and DK moved into Sidney. She always raised a big garden, canning and freezing many things. She kept busy teaching Sunday School and helping with many things at the First Baptist Church. For many years she ran a Christian Gift Shop called Vee Jays. Her husband, DK passed away in 2017, and Velma continued to live in Sidney.

Velma passed away on Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, at the age of 96, at Sidney Health Center Extended Care, Sidney, MT.

She leaves: her son, Philip (Robyn) Johnson, their children, Jesse Johnson, Katie (Jeremy) Geyer, Matthew Johnson, Daniel Johnson, Trevor Suko, and Scott (Lindsey) Suko; Jackie's children, Melissa (Greg) Kozma, Jessica Keele, Derek Deitsch, Erika Deitsch (Justin); along with 11 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by: her parents, Pearle and Irene Cooper; her husband, DK Johnson; her daughter, Jacqueline Deitsch; brother, Lloyd Cooper; sister, Winona Cooper; great grandson, Noah; several aunts, uncles and cousins.


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