Melissa Jean Johnson, 43 years young, of Duluth, Minnesota and the Bear Clan journeyed to the spirit world on Thursday, October 24th, 2019 from the Emeralds at Grand Rapids, MN. She was born in Minneapolis, MN on May 14th, 1976, the daughter of Darlene Monroe and Lawrence Johnson, Sr.
Melissa was a free-spirited woman who loved going to concerts and powwows. She could never just stay in the house; she was always out and about with her friends, except when she was hosting her holiday or game day parties. Melissa was always cooking for her family and parties and hated it when something didn’t turn out. She had the best sense of humor and loved making other people laugh. Melissa was always honest and wasn’t afraid to speak her mind. Her fur babies Jackson, Bizhiki and Wolfie held a special place in her heart. Melissa embraced her native culture and was very spiritual; she loved speaking Ojibwe and never said “goodbye” but “Gigawaabamin”. She loved getting dressed up and playing her music loud but her greatest joy in life was spending time with her children and granddaughter Elysia.
Family that Melissa is reunited with are her father, Lawrence Johnson, Sr.; sister, Christina Johnson; grandmas, Isabella Monroe and Irene Johnson; aunties, Adeline and Tonya Monroe; uncles, Harold, Clyde and Calvin Monroe; nephew, Sonnie Ringley and the father of her children, Peter Jones.
Those left behind to cherish her memory are her children, Delbert (Sarah) Rushman, Jr. of Grand Rapids, Jalyssa (Bernabe) Johnson of Walker and Jazlynn Jones of Cass Lake; her mother, Darlene Monroe of Onigum; granddaughter, Elysia Rushman; brothers, Lawrence Johnson, Jr. and Sundance Johnson; sister, Brenda Johnson; aunties, Evelyn Monroe, Wanda McFagen, Elaine Saccoman and Betsy Johnson; uncles, Lewis Taylor, Bill Pell, Roger and Edwin Monroe; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
A wake for Melissa will begin at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, October 26th and continue until her 11:00 a.m. funeral service on Monday, October 28th all to be held at the Onigum Community Center in Onigum, MN. Helping to lay Melissa to rest are Delbert Rushman, Jr., Lawrence Johnson, Jr., Sundance Johnson, Jason Silcox, Ty Butcher, Trevor Kingbird, Shaun Butcher, Dean Jackson, Jr. and Dennis Smith. Alternate pallbearers are Dion Jackson, Bill Pell and Bernabe Lequire. Her honorary pallbearers are all her family and friends. Interment will be in the St. John’s Episcopal Cemetery at Old Agency, MN immediately following her Monday service.
Melissa’s care has been entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker, MN. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.northernpeace.com
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