Lyola Tulp Johnson, 90, Belmond, died Nov. 17, 2018 at the Kanawha Community Home. Services will be Saturday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. at Immanuel Reformed Church east of Belmond. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 5-7 p.m. at Ewing Funeral Home in Belmond, and will continue one hour prior to service at the church on Saturday.
Lyola Louise, the daughter of Dick A. and Grace (Mennenga) Pals, was born Nov. 18, 1927. She was raised on the family farm northeast of Belmond, was educated in country schools, and graduated from Belmond High School.
Lyola attended Central College in Pella where she earned a teaching certificate. She taught in a one-room school house in rural Belmond for a few years before taking a job as bookkeeper at Helland and Long Implement in Belmond. She later worked as a dietician at the Belmond and Britt hospitals for a number of years before retiring. In retirement she volunteered with Lavon Tanner’s 2nd grade class, working with students on their reading skills.
Lyola married Howard Tulp in June 1953. They made their home in rural Belmond, raising their four children. She married Bob Johnson in June 1998.
Lyola was a lifelong member of Immanuel Reformed where she was active as choir director and pianist for a number of years. She also taught Sunday school and catechism. Lyola was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Goodell.
Lyola loved square dancing and roller skating in her younger years. She was an avid gardener and canned much of her produce. She was known as a great cook and baker, and enjoyed sewing and quilting. She and Howard enjoyed traveling, especially trips to Hawaii, Dominican Republic and Las Vegas.
Lyola was preceded in death by her husbands Howard and Bob; sisters Elaine Schmidt and Ruth Groen; and brothers-in-law Clarence Schmidt and Herman Groen.
She is survived by her children Paula (Terry) Johnson of Kanawha, Harlan (Karen) Tulp of Belmond, Joy (Kurt) Gines of North Logan, UT, and Harvey (June) Tulp of Belmond; 13 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.