Heaven touched earth on November 14, 1937, when Anna Marie Neilsen was born. She was sunshine to her parents Neil and Elaine Neilsen, growing up in the idyllic town of Beaver, Utah. She was a tomboy that ran through the grass fields and played in the ditches with her three younger but very protective brothers: Gary, Clinton, and Neil. They would be her guardians and best friends for life. She loved to steer her dad’s fuel truck while he pressed the gas, enjoyed horses, and learned to sew from her mom.\nAnna Marie was beautiful, capturing the title of Rodeo Queen and eventually the heart of DeLane "Swede" Johnson Sr. They met at the skating rink where Swede teased her relentlessly and spent their summer nights at dances. They were promised to each other while Swede served in the U.S. Navy and were married upon his return on June 3, 1955. Swede teased her and loved her for the rest of his life.\nAnna Marie’s very reason for existence came a couple years later as they welcomed their children: Jeffrey, DeAnn, Debra, Laurie, and Laney. To support them, she worked numerous jobs including night shifts while putting herself through beauty school. She was the kind of mom that took her kids to the beach on a school day and wore clothes stylish enough that her girls would steal them from her closet.\nHer beauty shops in Milford and Beaver, Utah, and Winnemucca, NV, were home to her loyal clients and friends and to the many grandkids that loved to help clean combs and sweep up hair. This was always rewarded with a treat from the nearby drugstore and instructions to bring back a Milky Way or Krackle for Grandma. She was magical, making birthdays extra special or transforming a home with her sewing and painting and crafting skills. She made people and places and moments more beautiful. It was her gift.\nShe mothered many of her grandchildren and pieced life back together after a car accident took her daughter Laurie and a battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease took her son Laney. In all her trials, she viewed the world through rose-colored glasses. Her positive outlook on life has been an example to countless friends and family, but her true peace through her trials came from her Savior. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints and treasured her knowledge of the plan of happiness. She served in the Relief Society Presidency, as an adult gospel doctrine teacher, and as a family history consultant, indexing for hours. But her favorite calling was with her Primary children in activity days.\nHeaven touched earth again on November 13, 2021, when Anna Marie Johnson put on her angel wings for a long-awaited and glorious reunion with the love of her life, Swede, and her two children, Laurie and Laney along with her grandson Casey, great grandbaby Alana, parents and grandparents, and brother Gary. Those she left behind on earth are a little jealous of the reunion but ever grateful for the life of Anna Marie Johnson and the moments and lessons that she wrote on our hearts—work hard, see the good, and you’re never too old to slip ‘n slide! She leaves behind her legacy: children Jeffrey (Jane) Johnson, DeAnn (Russell) Holm, Debra (Craig) Halverson; brothers Clint (Karma) Neilsen and Neil (Arlene) Neilsen; 15 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren.\nA special thanks to her dear Lambeth family. She treasured her relationships with you. Our heartfelt gratitude to the staff and nurses at Milford Hospital’s Long-Term Care. Your patience and love have not gone unnoticed.\nFuneral services will be held Friday, November 19, 2021 at the Milford LDS Church, 748 West 600 South with the viewing from 11am to 12:30pm and the funeral beginning at 1pm.\nView live stream of service here: https://my.gather.app/remember/anna-johnson-2021\nTo plant Memorial Trees in memory of Anna Marie Johnson, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.