Margaret "Granny" Johnson (Rukavina)
Margaret Joan Rukavina Johnson, 100, died January 2, 2018 in Billings. Margaret was born on November 28, 1917 to Marko and Mary (Krpan) Rukavina near Mecaha, Montana. She went through grade school at Fort Musselshell School, a one room log building that was also used as a Catholic Church. The school was located on her parents’ place. There were ten children in her family; seven boys and three girls.
Margaret moved to Bridger in 1936 with her parents to a ranch on Blue Water. She worked in cafes in Bridger, Lovell and Greybull, WY. After Pearl Harbor, she went to Santa Monica, California to work at Douglas Aircraft as “Rosie the Riveter,” a profession that she was extremely proud of. She worked there until 1945. While employed at Douglas Aircraft, she played soft ball and bowled on the company’s teams.
She married Ivor Leo Johnson on November 3, 1945 in Fromberg, MT. They were married nearly sixty years. They were blessed with two children Carl and Pat; five grandchildren Shaun, Shelly, Lee, Emily and Chris; six great-grandchildren Justyn, McKinzie, Jax, Saydee, Ella and Claire. Granny’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were very special to her. She took great pride in attending their activities, sports and concerts.
Margaret belonged to the Women’s International Bowling Congress for many years starting to bowl in 1940. Bowling on the Heights Senior League made their golden years very special to both of them and many bowlers became best friends. She and Ivor always had a vegetable and flower garden. Her favorite flowers were peonies, roses and tulips. She did a lot of canning, freezing and making pickles, jams and jellies. Her homemade bread and rolls ere her trademark. She loved to do ceramics, macramé, knit and crochet gifts for family and friends. Margaret always had an afghan ready for a new baby.
She took great pleasure in dancing, especially the waltz with Poppy. She always made him her first priority for nearly sixty years. Their two lives were well lived. She was forever appreciative of family and friends and her good fortune in life.
Margaret was preceded in death by her husband Ivor, granddaughter Shelly, her parents and her nine siblings. Survivors are Carl (Vickie), Pat (Buddha), four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Services will be held January 23, 2018 at 11:00am at St. Bernard Catholic Church.