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Death: Minnie Ella Whitaker Johnson

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Minnie Ella C. Whitaker Johnson, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, age 88, died Thursday, November 6, 1997 at Red Cliffs Convalescence Center in St. George, Utah.

She was born September 17, 1909 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Francis Clement and Elsie Caroline Cochrane. She married Julius Apollos Whitaker, October 23, 1929 in the Salt Lake Temple. They were together 48 years. He passed away November 26, 1977. She married Farrell S. Johnson, August 16, 1984 for time only. He passed away November 26, 1992. Minnie's mother, Elsie died at age 25, when Minnie Ella was only two and a half years of age. Minnie was raised by her sweet Grandmother, Wilhelmina Caroline Nilsson Cleveland, her mother's mother. Minnie graduated from West High School in 1927, where she was active in athletics, musicals and glee clubs. She was an active member of the LDS Church, residing in several wards. She served as president of the Primary and MIA in her ward and stake. She was a teacher in Primary, MIA and Sunday School, and Relief Society counselor and secretary. She served as musical director in all organizations, especially in Division 3X when she directed a three stake choir in the Salt Lake Tabernacle in June of 1960. She also directed the Promise Valley Musical in the Pioneer Stake. She was a member of the 26th Ward Choir for many years where she was also the choir director. She directed a chorus of young ladies in the ward, they were called the Melloteens. She received a Golden Gleaner pin of merit. She was a volunteer at the St. Marks Hospital, a teacher-helper at Twins Peaks School, a great granddaughter of George Benjamin Wallace, who crossed the plains as a captain of 50 in 1847. She was a member of Big Cottonwood and Foster D.U.P. camps. She compiled a book called Profiles of Loved Ones, on ancestors for close relatives and future generations as a keepsake. In her spare time she loved to do embroidery. She was a happy person and had a great love to give and was always willing to do her part.Minnie is survived by two daughters, Carol Jean (Ronald) Tracy, of Frisco, Texas; Pauline (Harry) Landvatter, of St. George, Utah; several nieces and nephews; 13 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren; Vicki and Grant Fox from the Indian Placement Program and eight children; step-children: Blaine and Donna Johnson, Dennis and Lynn Johnson, Phyllis and Marsden Cazier, Betty and Paul Morris, Robert and Mickey Johnson and children. She was preceded in death by husband, Julius Apollos Whitaker; daughter, Diane Naylor; sister, Ida Fay Rosvall; parents, grandparents and husband, Farrell S. Johnson.

Funeral services Saturday, November 15, 1997 at 10 a.m. at Cottonwood LDS 1st Ward Chapel, 5913 S. Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, UT. Friends may call Friday, November 14, from 6-8 p.m. at the MacKay Cottonwood Chapel, 4670 South Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, UT and Saturday, 9-10 a.m. at Cottonwood LDS 1st Ward Chapel prior to services. Arrangements are under the direction of Metcalf Mortuary, 300 West St. George Blvd., St. George, Utah, 673-4221.

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