Ann Elizabeth Johnson, 64, of Fargo, died Monday, November 23, 2015. Ann (known as Betty to her family), was born July 18, 1951, to Thomas and Anna Marie (Smithwick) Johnson. Ann was baptized and made her First Holy Communion at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Fargo, her parents’ and grandparents’ parish.
Ann worked for many years at the Old Broadway, downtown Fargo, until she joined DWAC, Fargo, a work site for adults with disabilities, where she took pride in working on assembly projects, interacting with her peers, and enjoying the staff. Ann looked forward to the DWAC annual banquet each year where she received awards and participated in skits; she loved putting on a performance. Her eyes always sparkled with mischief. At the age of 10 years old, Ann appeared on WDAY’s television Party Line show to play her accordion, much to her parents’ pride and delight in their only child. She enjoyed many picnics and visits with her cousins at Baker, MN; Graceville, MN; and Milbank, SD. Ann also enjoyed bowling, summer bible camp, Special Olympics, and several road trips to the Black Hills, SD, Duluth, MN, Detroit Lakes, MN and surrounding areas.
She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other relatives.
She is survived by her Fraser family; her cousins, Joan Smithwick, Jan (Fred) Hammer, of Fargo; Dennis (JoAnn) Smithwick, Moorhead, MN; Marlys (Ed) Mulcahy, Barnesville, MN; and many other Smithwick, Graham, and Bontjes cousins from Fargo, Minneapolis, Graceville, Ortonville, MN; Milbank, SD; and Seattle, WA.
Memorial contributions preferred to Catholic Charities of ND, DWAC, and St. Anthony’s of Fargo.