Holly Ann Muller Johnson
Holly Ann Muller Johnson passed away Monday, June 29, 2020, after a 2-year battle with cancer. She was 57 years old.
Holly was born on February 27, 1963 in Lakefield, MN to Siebe and Maizy Muller. Holly attended high school in Slayton, MN at Slayton High. She participated in cross country, band, and cheerleading and finished top of her high school class. She then attended Mankato State University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1985.
Holly moved to Minneapolis and began working in Information Technologies. While in Minneapolis, she reconnected with Tony Johnson, a fellow Slayton High alum. They quickly fell in love and married on August 26, 1989 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Slayton, MN. Holly and Tony started their family in the twin cities, having three sons.
The family moved to Wall Lake, SD in 2000. During their time on Wall lake, they made many fond memories with friends there and in Sioux Falls. In January of 2016, Tony and Holly sold their home on Wall Lake and headed to California in their fifth-wheel camper. Later that year Holly and Tony moved into Willow Ranch in Sunnyvale, CA. The friends they made at Willow Ranch helped them immensely with Holly’s many appointments and cared for them in many ways. Their kindness was extremely appreciated.
Holly loved her boys. She was extremely proud of them and all of their accomplishments, as the boys would not be who they are today without her care and direction. Holly will always be remembered as an “up for anything” mom who wanted to participate in whatever the boys wanted to do, including endless hours on the boat, white water rafting, ziplining, rollercoaster riding, and so many other activities and adventures that will be forever treasured. She was also a caring spouse to Tony and championed him in all of his endeavors. In addition, Holly loved being a grandmother and spending time with her grandchildren. On top of her love for her family, Holly also loved and cared for the family dog, Henry. Henry loved her back and was her constant companion over the last few years.
Holly was an avid quilter and liked taking quilting trips with her friends. She made quilts for her family to share her talents and love. Holly and Tony were members of the Columbus RV group, and had many wonderful experiences traveling with their RV friends. One of Holly’s favorite stop-offs was Pismo Beach, CA.
Throughout her professional career, Holly worked in healthcare, banking, and cancer research. She ran her own company, ComputerGains, Inc., in the ‘90s and early 2000s. She cared deeply about her work and helping others. Holly thought that her work in cancer research was her calling in life. She was a problem-solver and doer.
As an eternal optimist, Holly believed that one day she would be cancer free. She had a strong prayer life and trusted in God’s plan for her. While her passing feels too soon, we know that she no longer feels pain and is smiling down on us. Holly was deeply loved and will be greatly missed.
Holly was recently preceded in death by her brother, Cory Muller, and by her father-in-law, Earl Johnson. She is lovingly survived by her husband: Tony; her three sons: Tony (Melissa), Tucker, and Thomas; her five grandchildren: Isaiah, Capri, Declan, Greyson and Lainey; her parents: Siebe and Maizy; brother: Nick Muller (Jennifer); sister-in-law: Linda Muller; mother-in-law: Shirley Johnson; brothers-in- law: Allan and Chad (Julie); and numerous other cousins and relatives.
The funeral service will be at St. George Catholic Church in Hartford, SD on Friday, July 10, 2020. The visitation will begin at 9:30 AM followed by the service at 10:30 AM. After the ceremony, Holly’s ashes will be brought to Lake Sarah Baptist Church in Slayton, MN for burial. There will be a short burial service, and anyone who would like to attend is welcome.
Flowers can be sent to St. George Catholic Church in Hartford, SD, or a donation can be made to the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org) in memory of her.
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