Ellen R. Johnson

Ellen R. Johnson, age 85 of Tecumseh, passed away September 21, 2013.Ellen was born January 2, 1928 in Adrian, Mich., the daughter of George and Mildred (Auten) Burkett. On March 8, 1946 she married Richard W. Johnson and he preceded her in death. Ellen worked for H. W. Tuttle for many years. She was a member of the VFW auxiliary, UAW retirees, Lenawee Widowed Persons and the Tecumseh United Methodist Church.Ellen is survived by her son Richard (Darlene) Johnson of Adrian; daughter, Yvonne (James) Black of Adrian; sister, Katherine Hill of Blissfield; brother, Thomas (Dee) Burkett of Rockledge, Fla.; son in law, Ralph “Doug” Randolph of Tecumseh; brother in law, Mervin Nye of Sterling Heights; sister in law, Pauline Sancho of Adrian; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.In addition to her husband, Richard, she was preceded in death by her parents; brother, George E. Burkett; sister, Arlene Nye; daughters, Mary Ellen Randolph and Valorie Gubbe; grandson, Douglas Randolph and son in law, Wayne Gubbe.Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, at the J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Tecumseh with Rev. Mark Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Brookside Cemetery, Tecumseh.Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013 at the J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Tecumseh and one hour preceding the service Thursday at the funeral home.The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Lenawee Medical Care Facility for their support during Ellen’s stay and the Tecumseh United Methodist Women’s Circle for their many visits and cards.Messages to the family may be made online at www.pursefuneralhome.com.

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