500 S. Rockford Ave.
Rockford, IL 61108
Born: Tuesday, October 17, 1922
Passed: Sunday, November 20, 2016
12/3/2016 | 12:00 PM - 12:45
Salvation Army Rockford Temple Corps
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PROMOTED TO GLORY
Mrs. Major Miriam Johnson
October 17, 1922 - November 20, 2016
On November 20, 2016, Mrs. Major Miriam Johnson was Promoted to Glory. She was 94.
Miriam was born on October 17, 1922 in Williamsburg, Iowa to Daniel and Alice Evans. Her mother died when Miriam was 4 so Miriam and her sister Marge were raised by their father and their "Auntie". Her "auntie" was so dear to Miriam always treating her like her daughter. During the depression the two Evans families lost their farms, so they pooled their resources and moved together into a large home in Newton, Iowa. The two families lived together, and took in renters to help with expenses. Miriam, her sister Marge and the two (cousins) Becky and Jane became sisters together, sharing a small room in the attic. Miriam's father passed when she was 14 from pneumonia, so "Auntie" raised the girls Miriam and Marge from that point on. The Evan's girls sang quartets, played piano and brass instruments and laughed a lot. Miriam and her sister's attended the Newton Iowa Corps.
In her teen years Miriam faithfully played piano, sang in songsters and was a gifted euphonium soloist. Miriam was the first guest soloist, playing euphonium at the young age of 14 at the very first Salvation Army Central Music Institute (CMI).
Miriam wanted to be a school teacher growing up and attended Coe college for a short time. But the Lord had another plan for Miriam. She entered into the Salvation Army School for Officers Training in 1943. Captain Miriam Evans served as a single officer for a few years and then was appointed to the staff of the S.F.O.T. It was there she met, fell in love with and married Captain Frank Johnson on June 19, 1952, their's was a true love story.
Miriam and Frank served as Salvation Army officers and developed a unique ministry with Miriam,a gifted pianist, playing and singing, (she could transpose any song into any key on the spot) Frank creating messages through Scene-O-Felt and Christian magic programs and pastoring together. Frank and Miriam were a team in every sense of the word. They travelled extensively performing, ministering, touching lives and winning souls for the Lord. Throughout her life Miriam exemplified the love of Christ in thought, word and deed. Their daughters Beth Ann and Karla joined their team at a young age and participated in their traveling ministry by assisting and singing with their mother. Frank and Miriam served faithfully as officers until their retirement in 1990. Miriam gave 48 years of service as a Salvation Army officer. In their retirement they continued their team ministry, preaching and doing programs. Frank and Miriam retired in Rockford IL in 1992 and in February of 2014 they moved to be near their daughter Beth in Southern California.
Miriam was known for gifts from her heart; her deep kindness, her kind words, her gift of encouragement, her laughter, her supportive nature, but above all Miriam's deep abiding love for the Lord was the most remarkable. This was evidenced each and every day by her unconditional love for her two girls and extended family, her deep devotion to Frank and the beautiful unique way she loved all people. Upon meeting Miriam you immediately felt cared forâ€¦she was special like that. In all her years on this earth, she embodied Christ, her husband, her children and her family had never heard her as much as utter an unkind word. This is the highest tribute.
Miriam is survived by her devoted husband Frank; her loving daughter Beth and her five grandchildren Jason, Brandon, Jeremy, Avery and Abby and her 4 great-grandchildren. She is proceeded in death by her daughter, Karla.
Please join us in celebrating Miriam's life.
The Funeral service will be Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 1pm at the Salvation Army Rockford Temple Corps, 500 South Rockford Ave,Rockford,Il. Visitation will be prior to the funeral service from 12 to 12:45 pm. Memorials to Salvation Army Rockford Temple Corps,500 South Rockford Ave.,Rockford,IL 61104.
Miriam will be laid to rest in the Salvation Army's Cemetery at Glen Oak.