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Barbara Jean "Speed" Johnson, "Bye-ta-se-no-kwa"

November 11, 2018
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Barbara Jean "Speed" Johnson, "Bye-ta-se-no-kwa", 83, of Tama passed away on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. A Traditional Graveside Service will be held Monday, November 12, 2018 at 2:00 PM at the Meskwaki Cemetery on the Meskwaki Settlement with Larry Lasley Sr. as speaker. A Traditional Wake will be held Sunday evening at the Johnson residence, 258 Sac & Fox Road, Rural Tama.

Barbara was born on June 6, 1935, in Winnebago, NE, the daughter of Robert and Pansy (Peniska) Waseskuk.

She graduated from Tama High School.

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Barbara Jean 'Speed' Johnson, 'Bye-ta-se-no-kwa'

On August 18, 1956, she married Leonard Johnson. Barbara was previously employed as a teacher's aide at the local elementary schools. She loved baking and trying new recipes, Pow-wows, reading, and spending time with her family. Barbara lived an active Christian life and liked listening to the Seymour's music.

Survivors include her husband of sixty-two years, Leonard; her children, Esther Stubblefield, Calvin (Galene) Johnson, Mike (Teresa) Stacey, Kelly Johnson, Kent (Deanna) Johnson, Kyle (Tamela) Johnson, Karena (Demetreus) Johnson, Kyla (Alfredo) Martinez, and Kristina Johnson; numerous grandchildren; one brother, Robert Waseskuk II of Cedar Falls; nephews, Wade (Edith) Waseskuk, Blake (Mindy) Waseskuk, Drew (Angela) Waseskuk, Chad (Sara) Waseskuk, Deron (Shirley) Ward, and James Ward; nieces, Joann (Russell) Youngbear, Ferol Ward, Jana (Andre) Roberts, Kimberly Ward, and Laquetta Ward; and adopted daughters, Brenda (Ron) Ackerman, Clydene (Adolph) Bear, and Jaye (Steve) Stevenson.

Preceding her in death were her parents; daughter, Kim Lasley; grandsons, Anthony Kapayou and Billy Stubblefield, and brother, Jimmie Ward.

Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home, Tama-Toledo is assisting the family with the arrangements.



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