Mary Marguerite Johnson
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Mary Marguerite Johnson, 91, passed away Monday, July 14, 2008, in Glenwood Springs.
Mary was born June 3, 1917, in Columbus, Ohio, to Nellie Elizabeth and David Frederick Bent. She spent her childhood in Columbus, Kokomo, Indiana, and Oshkosh, Wis.
Mary came to Colorado in 1935 to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Mary and Jerry Johnson were married in 1939 in Oshkosh, after they had both graduated from CU. Mary’s father, Rev. David F. Bent, performed the ceremony.
Mary and Jerry’s early years were spent in Nucla, where Jerry began teaching. They moved to Palisade during World War II. During this time, Mary began her 20-year career teaching fifth and seventh grades in District 51. In 1954, they bought a peach ranch on East Orchard Mesa where they raised their family and lived for 55 years.
Mary was an active volunteer, enjoying many hours at St. Mary’s Hospital, the Palisade Migrant Center and the Palisade Library, as well as being a board member of the Mesa County Library, and an active member of the Women’s Society of Christian Service. Mary was a member of Chi Omega at CU, and also a longtime member of PEO, Chapter CD.
Mary loved African violets and grew many beautiful plants, walked daily and was well-known for her big, black poodle, Cricket.
Mary had spent the last six months living with her son, Jeff.
Mary is survived by children Steve (Ruth) Johnson, Jeff (Jan) Johnson of New Castle and Judy Wilson of Glenwood Springs; grandchildren Ben (Jan) Johnson, Malia (Tom) Slowik, Conor Johnson, Julian Johnson, Audra (Rich) Williams, Brian Pyland, Gretchen (Ramon) Alarcon and Claire Wilson; great-grandchildren John and Christopher Johnson, Steven, Matthew and Madeline Williams, Sebastian and Gabriella Alarcon, and a boy to be born to Malia and Tom Slowik; and Jane Johnson, former wife of Jeff Johnson.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband; sister-in-law Ruth (Marion) Echternach; brothers-in-law Harold (Doris) Johnson, and Ed (Jane) Johnson; and brothers Fritz (Nancy) Bent and David (Emma) Bent.
Anyone wishing to make contributions may address them to The Palisade Methodist Church Scholarship fund for children to attend church camp at Barron Lake on Grand Mesa.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 19, at the Palisade Methodist Church.
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