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Marian Johnson

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Oct. 21, 1941-Feb. 4, 2008

Marian P. Johnson, 66, of Park Rapids, died Monday, February 4, 2008.

Marian Priscilla Kucera was born to Edward and Anita (Budreau) Kucera on Oct. 21, 1941, in International Falls, Minn., where she resided until the age of eight. She then moved with her family to Portland, Ore., and resided there until the age of 14, when the family moved to Minneapolis.

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Marian also lived in Los Angeles, Calif., Las Vegas, Nev., and Minneapolis during her married years. She was blessed with two children during this time, Russell Wayne Smith Jr. and Lovette Anne Smith.

In 1977, Marian moved to Pine Point along with her two children, where she served as a missionary and a foster parent to 25 children. In 1986 she moved to Park Rapids, and resided there until shortly before her passing.

Marian was a loving mother who passed on extraordinary values of faith and family to her children and others that she ministered to. She enjoyed spending quality time with her family and friends. She enjoyed planning celebrations, watching sunsets, full moons and a good storm roll in and above all, lifting up the name of Jesus.

Marian attended North Central Bible College in Minneapolis; Christian Retreat Institute of Ministry in Bradenton, Fla.; Moorhead State University and Detroit Lakes Technical College. She was instrumental in founding Frontline Ministries, the pleasure and passion in her life. She also served as an elder in her church, Frontline New Testament Church in Park Rapids.

Surviving Marian are her children, Russell (Robin) Smith, Jr., of Park Rapids, Lovette Smith, also of Park Rapids; four grandchildren and her father, Edward L. Kucera of Coon Rapids; three brothers, LeRoy (Jan) Kucera of Coon Rapids, Minn., Leslie Kucera of Circle Pines and Melvin Kucera of Park Rapids; and a sister, Cheryl (Larry) Rossow of Ramsey, Minn.

Preceding Marian in death was her mother, Anita (Budreau) Kucera.

A memorial service in celebration of her life is scheduled for 12 noon Saturday, Feb. 23, at Northern Lights Tabernacle, 28372 North Buffalo Lake Road, Richwood.

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