Funeral services were held at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Vermillion, with the Rev. Mercy Hobbs officiating.
Visitation was held one hour prior to the service at the church.
She was born March 22, 1953, at Marshall, MN, to Monroe A. "Monk" Johnson and Normajean Hendricks.
She graduated with an M.A. in English and was a teacher at The University of South Dakota, Vermillion, until health caused for early retirement.
She was a member of Job's Daughters, PTA and was a school volunteer at Jolley Elementary School in Vermillion.
She was an excellent teacher, scholar and literary critic. In 1984, while working as a teaching assistant in English at USD, she directed a production of Hanay Geiogamah's play Foghorn, which was performed in Slagle Hall at USD. That year, she also presented a paper on "The Theatricality of Foghorn" in Washington, DC, at the annual meeting of the Modern Language Association. She became the foremost authority on Geiogamah's work.
Her literary biographies of the playwright were published in the Dictionary of Native American Literature and the Handbook of Native American Literature and the Dictionary of Literary.
She is survived by her mother, Normajean Johnson of Vermillion; one daughter, Sarah Marie Johnson of Vermillion; and one brother, Thomas A. Johnson of Vermillion.
She was preceded in death by her father, Monroe A. "Monk" Johnson.
Iverson-Siecke-Kober Funeral Home, Vermillion, was in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent on-line to www.koberfuneralhome.com.