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Helen M. Beaton Johnson

Helen M. Beaton Johnson

Helen M. Beaton Johnson, age 97 of Eau Claire, went to be with our Lord Jesus on Friday April 23, 2021 with her loving family by her side.

Helen was born May, 16 1923 in the Township of Lima, rural Durand.  She was the daughter of John and Mary (Berger) Risler and was one of 12 children and was raised in the Lima community.  On September 7, 1942, after two weeks of dating, she married the love of her life, Vincent A. Beaton.

Helen’s greatest joys in her life was raising her children and working beside Vince at their professional photography studio, Beaton Photography Studio, for more than 30 years.  They were married for 52 years before his death on May 18, 1994.

On January 25, 2003 she married Norman Johnson at Sacred Heart Chapel in Eau Claire.  He preceded her in death on March 25, 2021.

Helen is survived by her children, Ronald (Barb) Beaton of Cross Plains, WI and their children; Andrea (Roger) Johnson of Huntsville, TX and their son and his children; Gregory (Mary) Beaton of Rock Springs, WI and their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, 11 siblings and both of her husbands and a grandson Stephen Beaton.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday April 28, 2021 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church-Lima, Durand, WI with burial in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday.

Due to Covid-19, facial coverings and social distancing will be required.


  1. Doshie Grey

    My Sympathy to all. I have many fond memories of her and your Dad and the family growing up. I think she had a grand full life.

  2. Mark and Jane Foos

    Our condolences to the Beaton family. Mark and I had the honor of being the last of 3 weddings photographed by Vince on 9/21/74. I was told our evening was the last wedding Vince and Helen photographed.
    I remember Helen working behind the scenes calming nerves, lining up shots, smoothing out wrinkles, and providing kind and encouraging support to the bridal couple.

  3. Mike Gilles

    My sympathies to the Beaton family.

  4. Michael Williams

    Such a beautiful woman. I wish ii could have met her. Prayers to you all in this time of grief.

  5. Colleen Garnevicus

    Helen was a vibrant and witty woman when I knew her. I will always remember her sense of humor and her grace. Her family is in my prayers. You have our deepest sympathy!

  6. Rita Lyon

    Caring thoughts n prayers to all the Families!!
    Helen was a Beautiful Lady inside n out!
    Great memories — Took our Wedding Photos- Neighbor in Lima n I did her hair when she lived in Eau Claire. Many good chats n laughs!vego

  7. Connie Gonitzke

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Many memories and laughs and good times with Uncle Vince, Aunt Helen, and my parents, Clarence and Sophie Noll.

  8. thomas biles

    She & her husband took our wedding pics in 1963
    Prayers to the family

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