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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Barbra Kennedy Johnson
July 20, 1940 - October 30, 2019

Residence: Bismarck, ND formerly of Watford City, ND

Barbra Kennedy Johnson, age 79, passed away peacefully October 30, 2019 at Touchmark Memory Care Community in Bismarck, N.D.

Born July 20, 1940 to Viola and Angus Kennedy Jr., She was the eldest of their three born children and grew up on the family ranch east of Watford City, ND. Barbra attended Watford City High School, competed in rodeo barrel racing as a young woman, and served as Miss Rodeo North Dakota in 1959. She attended college at Colorado State University, attended nursing school in Sidney, Montana where she received her certificate as an LPN, and later earned her nursing degree from the University of Mary. Barbra or “Barbie” worked as an RN for several years at a hospital in Bismarck before becoming a Public Health nurse first at Standing Rock and returning to Ft. Berthold where she served the community for many years.

Barb was very active in the ranching community and with her family of Kennedys and Paulsens and she had a very active relationship with her nieces in their younger growing up years and continued to love and support them all as they moved away from North Dakota and started their own families. Barb was instrumental in organizing the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame located at Medora, ND and her grandfather, Angus Kennedy Sr. was one the very first inductees in to the hall of fame and later the entire Kennedy Ranch was inducted into the ranch section of the hall of fame.

June 2, 1989 Barbra was united in marriage to Melvin ‘Jarrette’ Johnson. They made their home outside of Mandaree in the Bear Den area and together lived out their individual, now joint, dreams of raising well-bred quarter horses and paint horses carrying on Barbra’s family’s quarter horse bloodlines and introducing the paint horse bloodlines important to Jarrette. Many of those quarter horse lines from Barbra’s history and of her cousin Larry Grantier continue into the program of Woroniecki Ranch Quarter Horses with Jodie and Warren Woroniecki and their family. Barbra became a beloved Auntie and Grandma Barb within their blended family. Their union not only blessed each other but those of their grandchildren and many others. They were the people who often gave many others their first horse. Barbie embraced the Native American culture and way of life.

Barbara was truly a ‘Giver’. Caring and compassionate, if she had something and she saw a need in someone else, she never hesitated to share whatever bounty she had, great or small. She was a lover of animals and of people and she doted upon her loved ones, especially her nieces, nephews, and grandchildren.

Barbara was preceded in death by her husband Jarrette, father Angus Jr., mother Viola, infant baby brother, brother Angus III, niece Maura Newburn, son Frank Schumacher and her grandparents as well as numerous other aunts, uncles and cousins.

She is survived by Gena Baker, Nona Carlson, Keira Adams, Jodie Woroniecki and their families; Shane and Jaimie Johnson and Jennifer and Luke Yeahquo; and grandchildren Cody Spotted Bear, Casey Rae Johnson, Cash Johnson, Cylee Dobbs, Jace Johnson, KaCee Lee McPhearson, Brittany Johnson, Troy Johnson, Sierra Ventresca, Jessy Yeahquo, LJ Yeahquo and Jeremiah Yeahquo and their families.


Memorial Contribution
Memorial gifts may be made to the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame at 250 Main Street, Medora, ND 58645

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Ike crimmins (Bismarck , ND)
Nov 1, 2019
So sorry for your loss. Barb was a great lady and will be missed by all who loved her. We are out of town and unable to attend but you will be in our prayers.
Carol (Tweden) and Sidney Moore (Franklin, Ohio)
Nov 1, 2019
Our sincerest sympathy. I (Carol) knew Barb in high school and am very sorry to hear about her death.
Amy Scheurer (Bismarck, ND)
Nov 2, 2019
Auntie Barb, my birthday buddy, I will miss your sweet nature and great sense of humor. It was an honor and joy to get to know you. To Barb’s family, I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing Barb with us. Blessings during this time.
Kendel Paulsen and Kevin Stenstrom (Burke, VA)
Nov 2, 2019
From all of us Paulsen's here on the East Coast, we send all our love and hugs for the passing of someone incredibly special - who has left a lasting legacy and wonderful memories for family and friends. All our love - The Paulsen Family
Carla Schaible (Watford City , ND)
Nov 2, 2019
So sorry to hear of Barb’s passing .
She was a wonderful woman .
God comfort you all

Sincerely ,
Carla Schaible
Juanita YellowWolf (South Dakota )
Nov 2, 2019
Barb was a big sister friend of mine during our college days. I met her as I was in the nursing program with her, we took classes together. We had in common our LPN background, older than average student who needed each other to survive. She became the RN nurse, I changed major and went into teaching. Our lives met again when she worked in Fort Yates and she stayed by me to help deliver my son. She moved up north and I eventually moved up north and our friendship continued. I moved away and would call her once in awhile, as of lately the Lord put her on my heart, I called the last number I had and didn’t hear from her. Barb often shared her relationship with Jesus I learned from her. Now Barb is with our Heavenly Father, thank you Jesus for sharing Barb with me and my daughters.
Kathi (Angie) Kennedy (Bulverde, Tx)
Nov 2, 2019
Will miss you, it was so nice of you to visit us after our wedding in Cody,Wy. Those we’re happy times! Bless you. Love you!
Kathi Kennedy
Lois Zacher (Parshall , ND)
Nov 2, 2019
I worked with Barb at the Indian Health Service in New Town and had such an admiration for her work and selfless love for others. She was great to talk to and although we haven’t kept in touch, it’s sad to know she’s gone. God bless all the special memories and blessings she has shared with her loved ones.
Juanita YellowWolf
Nov 2, 2019
Barb was like a big sister friend. Met her during our college days took same classes. Barb has left some awesome wonderful memories and experience’s for me and my children. She truly was a kind, compassionate friend. Thank you Barb for the wonderful memories.
Chooch Taypotat (Whitewood , Saskatchewan )
Nov 3, 2019
My sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family... Rest In Peace Auntie Barb as you make your journey to the spirit world to meet uncle Jarrett
Pam Perry Hoggard (San Angelo , TX)
Nov 3, 2019
Barb's family...so sorry for your loss. Over the years my grandfather Leroy Perry told many stories of the Kennedy's and other ranching families of the Watford City area. My husband Tom and I drove out to visit with Barb and Jarrette about some of those stories quite awhile ago and enjoyed them so much. They were so gracious to us...
Carol Woroniecki (Newcastle, Wyoming)
Nov 4, 2019
Hugs and prayers for the family.
Kelly Fox (Minot, North Dakota)
Nov 6, 2019
My sincere condolences to the family of Barbara. She was a very kind and compassionate nurse, friend to my father Dutch Fox. Barb was like a sister to my father. She always had a kind word for you and genuinely cared when she asked how you were doing. You could count on her smile and gentle caring manner everytime you encountered her. God Bless you Barb journey well !
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