Delores "Mickey" Johnson, 78, passed away on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at Northern Montana Hospital of natural causes. Cremation has taken place, and graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 12, 2014, in Highland Cemetery, with Pastor Michael O'Hearn officiating. The family has requested that memorials be made in Mickey's name to the American Diabetes Association, First Lutheran Church, or to the charity of the donor's choice.
Holland & Bonine Funeral Home has been entrusted with services and arrangements. Please visit Mickey's online memorial page and leave a message of condolence for her family at http://www.hollandbonine.com.
Mickey was born on June 27, 1936, in Savage, Montana, to Jacob and Katherine (Kaufman) Brese. She was raised in eastern Montana, graduating from Savage High School in 1954. Mickey married Gordon Johnson on Feb. 6, 1955, in Fairview, Montana. She worked for Mountain Bell as an operator, first in eastern Montana, then in Havre when the couple relocated there in 1965. Mickey and Gordon remained in Havre for the remainder of their lives, raising their four children there. Mickey continued working for Mountain Bell, attaining the position of office supervisor, before an auto accident in 1977 left her disabled.
Mickey loved to cook and care for her garden. She also loved the outdoors, just being in the sun, and going for rides. Shopping was a favorite pastime of hers, and it kept her looking like a fashion plate. Maintaining her appearance was important to Mickey, so every Friday like clockwork, she went to get her hair done. She was a happy woman with a very sly sense of humor, who was always smiling and kept a positive attitude.
Mickey was preceded in death by Gordon, her doting husband of 52 years; her daughter, Sandra Johnson; her infant granddaughter, Kristen Bear; her sister, Jane Kaiser; her brother, Gene Brese; and her parents, Jacob and Katherine Brese.
She is survived by her children, Viki (William) Hurd of Kremlin, Peggy (Paul) Teel of Havre, and Randall (Cindy) Johnson of Phoenix, Arizona; her six grandchildren; her five great-grandchildren; her brothers, Jack (Darlene) Brese of Tacoma, Washington, and John (Claudia) Brese of Havre; her sisters, Marge Stoner and Betty (Mark) Daniel, all of Fort Benton; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.