Celebrating the Life of
July 6, 2018 • 2 p.m.
Newberg Friends Church, Newberg, Oregon
Prelude — John and Sheila Troncoso
Welcome and Prayer — Mark Thompson
“It Is Well with My Soul” — Hymn #495
Florence Nordyke (read by Eric Bates)
Mary Bel Duran (read by Dianne Bates)
Friends and Family Moments — Dan Nolta
Open Sharing (after family)
Alda Johnson was born on January 17, 1929, a few minutes before her twin sister, Alta. They were born in a blizzard in Wellsford, Kansas. She was the fourth child of . Anford (Pat) and Pearl Fankhauser Johnson. Alda attended grade school in Wellsford. She was a member of the Wellsford Methodist Church and faithfully attended with her family every time the church doors opened! During her school years, Roy (Pop) Knight became their pastor and introduced the family to Friends Bible Academy in the Quaker community of Haviland, Kansas, four miles from her home.
There she attended and graduated from high school. Alda then went on to junior college at Friends Bible College where she completed her two-year degree and met Everett Clarkson, who had come from Greenleaf, Idaho, also a Quaker community. Everett and Alda were married on Christmas 1949, the 28th anniversary of her parents. Everett’s parents came from Idaho for the wedding, driving a farm truck full of apples and potatoes to sell along the way to have enough money to make the trip. After the wedding Everett and Alda moved to Wichita, Kansas, for a few months and then returned to Haviland, where Everett continued his studies to become a pastor and train for the mission field they both knew they were called to.
In 1952 they moved to Nampa, Idaho, where Everett finished his B.A. at Northwest Nazarene College. While there in Nampa their daughter, Cindi, was born. They pastored an independent church north of Greenleaf called Centerpoint, and Everett taught in the public schools for three years; their son Greg was born during this time. Alda and Everett spent the next 17 years as missionaries to Bolivia and Peru in the high Andes Mountains and on the coast of Peru. Their son Doug was born in
LaPaz Bolivia. They served under the auspices of Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Church. While serving in Mexico City, Alda finished her B.A. at St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas, gaining a teaching certificate in the state of Texas. They returned to Newberg, Oregon, in 1984. Everett taught in the high school Spanish department at Sherwood, Oregon. Alda was stricken with rheumatoid arthritis while living in Mexico, which incapacitated her for several years. Alda and Everett moved to Friendsview Retirement Community in April 2004. They enjoyed their time in that community of lifelong friends, new friends, and family. Alda is survived by her children: Cindi (Randy) Bates of Silverton, Oregon; Greg(Sue) Clarkson of Salem, Oregon; Doug (Theresa) Clarkson of Medicine Lodge, Kansas; many grand and great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She leaves behind a host of friends, missionaries, and pastors. Also surviving are sisters Alta Ross of Pratt, Kansas; Patsy (Charlie) Bruce of Venice, Florida; brother-in-law Delmar Ferguson of Kansas City, Kansas; brother Gene (Bobbie)Johnson of Sand Springs, Oklahoma. She is predeceased by her husband, Everett; her parents; sisters Arlene (Tommy) Thompson, Eileen Johnson, and Grace Ferguson; one brother, Lloyde; sister-in-law Naomi Johnson; brother-in-law Eugene Ross; daughter-in-law Erma Lee Clarkson; and great-granddaughter Natalie Sapphira Ramos.