Alda Johnson Clarkson, 89, passed away June 7, 2018 in Newberg, Oregon. She was born January 17, 1929, a few minutes before her twin sister, Alta. They were born during a blizzard in Wellsford, Kans. Alda was the fourth child of Anfred (Pat) and Pearl Fankhauser Johnson. She 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. Everett also 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 from the mission field 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.
A memorial service was held 2 p.m July 6, 2018 at Newberg Friends Church, Newberg, Oregon. Memorial donations may be given to Friendsview Residents Assistance Fund, Friendsview Retirement Community, 1301 Fulton Street, Newberg, Oregon, 97132.