Ella Mary Frederick Johnsen, a lifelong resident of the Miles City area passed away at Billings Clinic hospital after suffering several heart attacks.
Ella was born in Miles City to Russell and Sophie Klieten Frederick on June 7, 1929. She attended Ash Creek grade school and later graduated from Custer County High School in 1949.
Ella married Marvin Leslee Johnsen of Cohagen, MT, March 7, 1948. To this union one child was born, Helen Izola on April 16, 1949. They ranched near Cohagen until 1970 when they moved to Kinsey MT.
She was a lifetime member of the First Baptist Church of Miles City and also was active in the Kinsey Community Church until its closure. She was active in the Ash Creek homemakers Kinsey ladies aid, Eastern Montana Fiddlers and Cohagen Womens Group. Ella worked at many jobs but was most proud of 26+ years as the cashier at MDU. After Marvin passed in 1997 she operated the Kinsey farm raising paint horses, Charolais cows and even irrigated the fields until she was around 85 years of age. Marvin and Ella were known for their Christmas light display that could be seen for miles.
Ella spent many of her retirement years traveling to senior dances all over Eastern Montana. She loved to dance! She was known for her angel food cakes and lemon meringue pies. She was an accomplished seamstress and until December 2020 was doing alterations for “stitches”. Many have enjoyed seeing her varied western shirt creations among other things.
Ella joins her husband Marvin in heaven along with brothers; Vernon and Abner Frederick, her parents Russell and Sophie and nephew John Frederick and niece Kathy Althaus.
Ella is survived by the light of her life, only daughter Helen Johnsen Deines and Helen’s husband Douglas Deines whom she dearly loved, also several nieces and nephews: Deanna Goforth, Peggy White, Verna Tolsen, Daniel Frederick, Jim Althaus and Dee Coil Sams and her family and cousin Dale Frederick.
We will miss the much loved, vibrant lady and want to thank all her friends for their loving care and help in her later years.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Miles City. Interment will follow in the family lot of the Cohagen Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com. Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, 900 Palmer, Miles City, MT 59301.