Submitted by Joan Johnson
Emma Gustafia Johanson, daughter of Sven Johan and Lisa Johanson was born May 23, 1855 at Rysby Socken, Kroneborge Lan, Sweden. She was one of a family of twelve children. Three of them dying in infancy. Those reaching mature age were Emma, Anna, Hannah, Olaf, Tilda, Eva, Amanda, August and Ingrid.
She was married to Engerman Olson May 5, 1878. They emigrated to the United States and landed at New Bedford, Ill., Oct. 1890, living in the vicinity of New Bedford and Thomas until March 1, 1913, when they moved to Tampico.
Six children were born to this union; Ida Maria, died in infancy, Alfred, Amanda Sandrock, Matilda, Segrie Pierson and Boline. Her husband passed away March 25, 1924.
She was confirmed in the Lutheran faith in Sweden and before moving to Tampico attended the Fairfield Lutheran church.
She passed away at her home in Tampico at 7 a.m. June 17, 1936. Age 81 years, 25 days.
She leaves to mourn, the five children, seven grandchildren, four sisters and one brother, Mrs. Ingrid Johnson, St. Paul., Minn., Mrs. Hannah Larson and Mrs. Eva Johnson, Los Angeles, California, Mrs. Amanda Neilson and August Johnson, Boulder, Colo., also a number of nieces and nephews.
Services were held at the home at eleven o'clock Friday morning June 19, at the home and from the Parent Funeral Home at 1:30 p.m. Conducted by Bernard Spong, Student pastor of the Fairfield Lutheran Church, who read the 23rd Psalm and a Portion of John 14.
Three hymns, “Jesus Will Give You Rest,” “In The Garden,” and “The Old Rugged Cross,” were sung by Mrs. Wayne Johnson and Mrs. Homer Steers accompanied by Miss Ruth Crosell.
Friends attending the casket were Edwin Temple, Glenn Steadman, Fred Howland, Swan Crosell, Fred Voehl and William Smith.
Interment - Tampico Memorial Cemetery