Mae Evelyn Johnson

Mae Evelyn (Klubberud) Johnson


Mae Evelyn (Klubberud) Johnson, 88, died on Saturday, 9/26/2009, at her residence in Redmond, WA under the care of her family, caregivers and Group Health Hospice.  A gathering of relatives and friends will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, 10/11/2009 at 16304 NE 81st Street, Redmond, WA, following a graveside service for immediate family at the Kirkland City Cemetery, Pastor Diana Bottin presiding.
Arrangements are entrusted to Barton’s Funeral Home, Kirkland, WA.

Mae is preceded in death by her siblings, Oddman, Orville, Geneva (Flaa), Walter, Kenny, and Bea (Johnson); and grandson, Michael Johnson.
Mae is survived by:  her four children, Jim (Kay)  Johnson (Butte, MT),  Steve (Stephanie) Johnson (Kirkland, WA), Vicki Potter (Woodinville, WA), and Diane (Chris Leen) Johnson (Woodinville, WA); seven grandchildren, Christi Daniels, Kim Johnson and Debbie Rafferty (Jim); Eric Johnson and Amy Johnson (Steve); Dan Potter and Nick Potter (Vicki); six great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, and close friends.
Mae was born on May 21, 1921 in Galchutt, ND, to Ole Anders Klubberud and Emma (Flaa) Klubberud.  She attended the Galchutt public school system and graduated high school from Abercrombie School, at the age of 16.  Mae completed courses in the Business College of the Science School in Breckenridge, MN.   She married Harry Johnson on 1/11/1941, helped manage the Johnsons’ farm in Abercrombie, began raising the three oldest children there, and moved to Washington State in 1953, where the fourth child was born; all were raised in Kirkland, WA.

Mae’s favorite vacation destination was the ocean.  She loved to crochet, read, and do crossword puzzles, but most of all she loved spending time with her family, all of whom love her dearly.  Mae made the best lefse, scramble, Swedish meatballs, and rice mush.  She crocheted beautiful afghans, sweaters and booties for every grandchild and great-grandchild, a beautiful bedspread and blouse for her youngest daughter, and afghans for many friends and family members.  She has been a loving and special grandmother, role model and mentor, especially to her grandchildren, Dan and Nick. 

Mae was an inspiration to all, living her life with grace, and never lost her sense of humor.  She had a daily relationship and influence on her family and will be deeply missed.  Despite her significant vision and hearing problems over the past few years, Mae consistently remained positive and enjoyed life.  Even in her last weeks on earth, she remained calm and at peace, valuing the time spent with her children to the very end.


 A Psalm of David

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures,

He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul.

He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil, for You are with me, Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table for me in the presence of my enemies.

You anoint my head with oil, my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,

and I will dwell in the House of the Lord forever.

Romans 8:31-35, 37-39

 Life Through the Spirit

 What, then, shall we say in reponse to this?  If God is for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all — how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?  Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen?  It is God who justifies.  Who is he that condemns?  Christ Jesus, who died — more than that, who was raised to life — is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?  No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all Creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 John 14: 1-6

Jesus Comforts His Disciples

Do not let your hearts be troubled.  Trust in God; trust also in Me.  In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you.  I am going there to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me that you also may be where I am.  You know the way to the place where I am going.  Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we don’t know where You are going, so how can we know the way?”  Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.   

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10 Responses to “Mae Evelyn Johnson”

  • Bonnie Jean Klubberud says:

    My girls, Sheri and Julie and I visited you many times when they were just toddlers. On one particular visit, Sheri had spilled something on her dress while we were driving to your house. You took it, washed it, and ironed it. I will never forget how perfect you ironed the little puffed sleeves of that little dress. It was a work of art just as you were – beautiful, kind and wise. You will be missed Aunt Mae.

  • Kathleen Mae Klubberud Walter says:

    When Jim and Steve were little you would take me along to help with them when you did your shopping and I remember how in awe I was of you and how beautiful you looked. Especially your shoes. The ones I particularly remember were black, strappy high heals.I am still in awe of your beauty and grace inside as well.
    Thank you, Mae, for your wise, gracious example. I am proud to be named after you.

  • Linda Johnson says:

    My sympathy to the entire family. Mae took such pride in her family and you all have made her proud. May you be blessed with strength to persevere and may fond memories comfort you.

  • Vicki Potter says:

    Hi, Mom:

    It’s been 8 weeks today since you left us to be with the Lord. Thoughts of you are with me all the time. We were blessed to have you as long as we did, and you made such a positive impact on me and my boys. We miss you terribly and, of course, wish you were still here with us to enjoy. I’m happy you no longer suffer from the cancer, and will be with you again one day. In the meantime, we know you’re watching over us. We all love you,


  • Vicki says:

    Hi, Mom:

    My first Mother’s Day without you; I feel like an orphan. I hope you see and know how much we miss and love you. Think of you all the time; wear one of your watches, and use your purse — laugh at myself when I fumble around looking for stuff in it (like you used to). Happy Mother’s Day, Mom.

    I love you,

  • Diane says:


    We all miss you and think of you often. I can hear your laugh, your voice and sometimes I can hear what I’m pretty sure you would have said to me about any particular thing I’m thinking about. For a one-bedroom apartment, you managed to have a lot of “stuff”, gratefully. I’ve learned that I tuck things away like you do, making it difficult for anyone else to find anything. Speaking of purses, I’m glad you had some in your closet that Vicki & I are now using. I’ve converted from your multi-compartment, winter purse to your no-compartment summer purse. 🙂 I think about how you lived your life, how you approached things, and I’m beginning to understand a lot better, Mom. I love you & miss you, but of course you know all of that as you’re watching over us from Heaven. Love, Diane

  • Vicki Potter says:

    Happy Birthday, Mom ! All of these “firsts” I’m experiencing without you — first birthday you had I didn’t bring you some new clothes, or PJ’s, or silk pillow cases. You were always so appreciative. Worked a crossword puzzle last night, with your help. Love ya, Mom, and miss you — Vicki

  • Diane says:

    Hi, Mom. It’s Memorial weekend & I’m thinking about the camping trips we used to take and how you always did everything for us. Tight quarters in the trailer, room for one to do the cooking, cleanup, etc. But I only wish we’d have thought to do everything for you on at least one of our trips so that you could have just relaxed! Yes, we always trekked the stuff in & out of the trailer (I can hear you giving us credit for that), but once we reached our destination if was all on you! The few times that you went to the ocean alone — I bet you just LOVED it — no waiting on anyone. I love you & miss you very much.

  • Diane says:

    Mom, I’m thinking of you today and missing you. I know you’re watching over us from Heaven, knowing that it’s been a rough year for us. We’re strong Norwegians though and hanging in there as best we can. Just lots of memories going through my head. I love you, Mom. I think I’ll make your Swedish meatballs tonight for dinner in your meatball pan. 🙂

  • Vicki says:

    I miss you, Mom. My days are not the same without you.
    Me (Vicki)

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