Margaret E. Johnson, 95, Wabash, died at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 24, 2020, at Wellbrooke of Wabash.
She was born Aug. 7, 1924, in Lewistown, Ill., to Ross and Lillian (Raker) Stevens.
After a chance encounter during a fishing trip with her father, she met the love of her life, William Johnson, whom she married in St. Louis, Mo., on Feb. 1, 1943. They moved around the states during his time in the Army Air Corps and eventually settled down in Arvada, Colo. There, they raised a family and grew a meaningful and successful business centered around supporting the troops overseas. “It’s for the boys in Vietnam” was her most used phrase during that time. From 1965 to 1975, she would find parts and equipment to keep a US Army and Navy workshop going in Saigon during the war.
Afterwards, she worked with her husband managing Western Diesel in Grand Junction, Colo. William died July 1, 2000, and she relocated to Wabash to be closer to her daughters in 2000. She has spent the last 20 years being active and heavily involved in the community. She loved to work in her garden tending flowers and green tomatoes. She enjoyed hosting parties and playing gin rummy. She supported the Honeywell Center by attending events and parties whenever possible. Her energy and enthusiasm for life never subsided with age. Loved by all and special to so many – her wisdom, humor, civility and love will be heavily missed and live forever in the hearts she touched.
She is survived by three children: Delbert R. (Mary) Johnson, Longmont, Colo.; Martha C. (Michael) Harding, Angola; and Mary L. Hettmansperger, Wabash; four grandchildren: Jenny Johnson, St. Augustine, Fla.; Mark (Megan) Johnson, Castle Rock, Colo.; Abbey Fowler, Grand Rapids, Mich.; and Logan Hettmansperger, Wabash; her great-granddaughter: Zoie Fowler, Grand Rapids; her niece: Laura (Michael Arndt) Stevens, Wabash; and many other extended family. She was also preceded in death by her parents and her brother: Robert Stevens.
Graveside services and burial will be at 1 p.m. CST Thursday, May 28, at White Chapel Cemetery, 24550 N. CR 6, Canton, Ill. A celebration of life service will be held later this summer, date and location to be determined.
Preferred memorial is Honeywell Foundation, 275 W. Market St., Wabash, IN 46992.