Phylbert Johnson, 86, of Lincoln, formerly of Sargent, Nebraska

Phylbert Elaine Johnson, 86, of Lincoln, formerly of Sargent, died Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, at the South Lake Village in Lincoln.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Rhoad Funeral Chapel in Sargent. The Revs. David Johnson and Cliff Reynolds will officiate. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Sargent.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Johnson was born Feb. 19, 1925, at Westerville to Albert and Olive (Ducker) Hallman.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl S. Johnson, in 1986.

Survivors of the immediate family include two daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Frank Szmajda of Lincoln and Brenda and Marlin Svatos of Cascade, Colo.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Donald and Jonie Johnson of Grant and David and Debra Johnson of Superior; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ronald Hallman of Elyria, Kan., and Barney and Marcia Hallman of Shasta, Calif.; and one sister, Carolyn and Kirby Fisher of Park Hills, Okla.

Additional survivors include two sisters-in-laws, Mary Poland of Sargent and Bernice Partridge of Grand Island; and a host of nieces and nephews.

She grew up in Ansley, where she graduated from high school in 1942. She attended Kearney State Teachers College for two years and received her teaching certificate, she also received her Bachelors Degree from Kearney State College in 1971. She taught kindergarten and first grade at Westerville, Oconto, Elsie and Sargent Public Schools in Nebraska. She was united in marriage to Earl S. Johnson on May 20, 1947, at Broken Bow. To this union four children were born, Barbara, Donald, David and Brenda. She made three major investments in life, the first being her faith in Jesus Christ which she expressed through her active involvement in the Evangelical United Brethren Church of Oconto and the United Methodist Church of Elsie and of Sargent. And in her later years, she became an active prayer warrior as she would intercede for her family, friends and nation. Her second major investment was her family, she dearly loved her husband, she spent hours investing herself in raising her children and attending their activities, she was proud of all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and loved nothing more that being together with the extended Hallman and Johnson families. The other major investment in her life was her dedication to public education she fully enjoyed her camaraderie with her fellow teachers and strived to see her students learn.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Larry and two sisters, Shirley and Alberta.

The family wishes that memorials in her honor be given to Mount Hope Cemetery Road Fund, care of First National Bank, P.O. Box 130, Sargent, NE.

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