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Darlene Mae Johnson


Darlene Mae Johnson

July 29, 1997 ~ May 5, 2021 (age 23)

Darlene Mae Johnson was born to Teresa Solis and Andrew Johnson Sr. on July 29, 1997 in Minneapolis, MN. Dalene Mae Johnson was given the name Waa Waa Te Ikwe, meaning Northern Lights Woman. Darlene, lovingly known as Mama Dar, had no children of her own, but she did have her dog, Percy, who she loved beyond words. Her nieces and nephews were her pride and joy, she did whatever she could to help take care of them. She worked as an associate in the Players Club at Cedar Lakes Casino. She was a hard worker and loved by her coworkers and guests. She also worked at the Walker Hotel, a second job she recently started.

Darlene was a unique, creative, respectful, and honest person. She had many talents, including beading, drawing, painting, and singing. She loved doing her hair and make-up. She was also very photogenic. Darlene had a big heart and loved all her family. She was the type of person that will always listen to your every problem, even if she was having problems of her own. You could always count on her to brighten up your day. Her enthusiasm and humor will be missed every day. Her smile and laugh will be missed every day. Her comfort and love will be missed every day.

Darlene is survived by her mother, Teresa Solis; her father, Andrew Johnson Sr; her stepfather, William Badboy; two sisters, Tre'Lynne (Raven White) Badboy, and Lauren Nelson; six brothers: William (Carolina Valencia) Johnson Sr., Andrew Johnson Jr., Anthony Johnson Sr., Michael Johnson, Tristian Beaulieu, and Frank Bigbear Jr .; and her grandmother, Roberta Peterson.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandma, Nancy (Solis) Sayers; paternal grandma, Darlene Johnson; three grandfathers: William Mitchell, Emmanuel Peques, and Max Morrow Sr .; and three aunts: Beatrice Johnson, Lisa Richardson, and Maria (Solis) Kegg.

The wake for Darlene will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 8, 2021 and continue until her traditional funeral at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 10, 2021, all to be held at the Facility Center in Cass Lake, MN. Spiritual Advisors will be Allen Hardy and Melvin Goodwin. Pallbearers for Darlene will be William Johnson, Andrew Johnson Jr., Anthony Johnson, Frankie Bigbear, Michael Johnson, Raven White, Roger Durant, and William Badboy. Alternative pallbearers are Tristian Beaulieu, Binayshee Johnson, Mijawad Johnson, Jordan Jones, and William Johnson Jr. Serving as Honorary Bearers are Tre'Lynne Badboy, Nancy Kingbird, Theresa Kesick, Carolina Valencia, Emily Johnson, Betty Johnson, Julia Johnson, Julie Kurschner, and Roberta Peterson, as well as all her family and friends. Interment will take place at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Cass Lake following the service.

Darlene's care has been entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker, MN. Online condolences for the family may be left at




May 8, 2021

7:00 PM

Cass Lake Facility Center

16126 John Moose Drive

Cass Lake, MN 56633

Traditional American Indian Service


May 10, 2021

10:00 AM

Cass Lake Facility Center

16126 John Moose Drive

Cass Lake, MN 56633


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