MALTA-Rhoda Johnson, 92, a homemaker, passed away Sunday, March 4, at the Hi-Line Retirement Center following a brief illness.

The viewing will be from 1:00 to 6:00 P.M. Thursday, March 8, at the Kirkwood Memorial Chapel. Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M., Friday, March 9, at the Malta Lutheran Church. Interment will be in the Malta Cemetery. Memorials if desired maybe given to Malta Lutheran Church, Elim Lutheran Church or the Gideons. Condolences for the family maybe left at

Rhoda was born February 13, 1926 to Charles and Ada (Munson) Jacobs of Wolf Point, Montana. She was raised on the family farm near the Vida community and attended a local country school, she enjoyed sharing those early days stories. Rhoda graduated from Wolf Point High School in 1943 and then graduated from Northern Montana College in Havre. She was employed by the Malta Irrigation District for 8 years. She and Bud Johnson met at a young peoples’ community social. Their first date was in Bud’s homemade rowboat on Nelson Reservoir.

August 7, 1953 was their wedding date and the couple resided at the family farm southeast of Malta thereafter. Rhoda was an equal partner to Bud in their farming and ranching endeavors, driving tractor, grain truck, working cattle and whatever project needed to be done. Rhoda enjoyed being a part of the Phillips County WIFE group, Phillips County Cattlewomen, the ladies group of the Malta Lutheran Church and Elim Lutheran Brethren Church, was an election judge and served on other boards as well. Rhoda obtained her pilot’s license after Bud did and enjoyed flying and looking over the countryside with him and was a member of the women’s flying group, “The 99’s”. She and Julia Cebulski came in third place in a statewide cross-country flying contest in the 1960’s. She also enjoyed handiwork of many kinds and usually had an ongoing project, especially for Lutheran World Relief and others less fortunate.

Rhoda is survived by her husband Bud of 64 years, sons Charles and Raymond, daughter Ruth (Bill) Mitchell and grandchildren Katie and Kyle Mitchell. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Ada Jacobs and brother Howard.

Rhoda always believed in doing a little bit extra and truly had a kind heart for all people. Rhoda truly loved the country life and in later years enjoyed “sitting by the big picture window with the sun on her back watching whatever was going on outside.

Guest Book

From: Sharon Kindle

Ah, Rhoda, such a sweet generous person;quick wit; multi-talented. Never 'blowing' her own horn, just quietly doing what she did best.
A better traveling companion you couldn't ask for. We all had so much fun, laughs and learned so, so much about agriculture.
God has a true Angel.

From: Margaret Brun

Prayers and hugs to all of Rhoda's family. Rhoda had such a sweet spirit. I always enjoyed visiting with Rhoda who almost always had some craft or sewing project in her hands when she was visiting. It was a pleasure knowing Rhoda and what a God fearing woman she was. We know she is at peace in her Heavenly Home. God Bless!

From: Barbara Schlocker

Ruth I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. Your parents as well asn you were some of the first people I met when I moved here. Donald was such a fan of your parents. It is wonderful to read of all her accomplishments. Will miss her warming smile.

From: Gary Knudsen

God Bless You and Rest in Peace. It has been a honor to have known you and your family for almost all of my life. You are one of the best examples of what a LADY is suppose to be and I wish that more people could have known you. My condolences to you and your family during this difficult time. Again GOD BLESS YOU

From: Edward Ostlund

Condolences to Bud and family from Ed & Sarah Ostlund

From: Lana Ulrich

What a pleasant lady.

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