Mayme Martha Johnson |

Mayme Martha Johnson

Mayme Martha Johnson of Rifle died Sunday, July 6, 2003, at E. Dene Moore Nursing Home in Rifle. She was 94.

She was born April 24, 1909, in Gypsum to Sophia Bergepta Gustafson and Charles Ryden.

She married Gustave Lopton, who died in 1945 of tick fever and pneumonia.

She married Leo Johnson in 1949. He preceded her in death in 1975.

Mrs. Johnson was a homemaker.

Mrs. Johnson was a wonderful cook who specialized in candy, cookies and baking. She was a great gardener.

In her younger years, she took her dad wherever he wanted to go.

For a time, she owned and raised cattle with her brother, Ted Ryden. She loved the farm and helped with the plowing and whatever needed to be done.

In her later years, her grandchildren were very important to her.

She was a member of the Home Extension Club of Rifle.

Mrs. Johnson was preceded in death by brothers Marvin, Art, Edwin, Ted, Fred and Bill Ryden; by sisters Irene Saueressig, Helen Hinman and Annie Bobson; and by a daughter, Bonnie Dwire, who died Nov. 29, 2001.

Mrs. Johnson is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Lyle Johnson of Hawthorne, Calif.; and by eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 11, at the Rifle Funeral Home Chapel, 1400 Access Road, Rifle, with the Rev. Bruce Skelton of Messiah Lutheran Church of Grand Junction officiating. Pallbearers will be Cleve Dwire, Monte Dwire, Nick Dwire, Darold Dwire Jr., Clayton Dwire and Marlin Etchevery.

Burial will follow at Rosebud Cemetery in Glenwood Springs.

Rifle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 652 E. 5th St., Rifle, CO 81650.

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