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Mary Johnson

Mary Jean Johnson (Sherren)

Thursday, May 9th, 1940 - Thursday, February 13th, 2020
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Obituary

Mary J. Johnson, 79, of Independence, IA, died peacefully, Thursday February 13, 2020 at her home in Independence, IA after a recent battle with cancer.

Mary was born on May 9, 1940 on her family farm in rural Winthrop, IA, the daughter of Maurice and Corrine (Miller) Sherren. She was a 1957 graduate of Winthrop High School. She went on to work as a nursing aid at the Willard Hospital in Manchester, IA until 1959. On January 1, 1959 she married Darwin D. Johnson at the Congregational Church in Winthrop, IA. They made their home on her family farm in Winthrop. In 1962 they moved to Independence, IA and started Johnson Appliance, where for many years they sold and repaired appliances until their retirement in 2014. Mary managed the store’s bookkeeping while raising children. They purchased the family farm in 1977 where Mary & Darwin farmed 160 acres, maintained a large garden and canned fruits & vegetables, and mowed acres of lawn up until this year. Mary was a member of the St. James Episcopal Church in Independence for many years. She was an active member and could always be found playing the organ for Sunday services or helping with the church’s weekly Friday food events.

From her early years in life Mary had learned the importance of caring for others. She spent years of her life caring for various family members that had fallen ill. She always put the needs of others first.

Mary is survived by her husband of sixty-one years, Darwin Johnson of Independence, IA, and her son Mark Johnson of Chicago, IL, a son-in-law, Tony Rouse of Independence, IA, sister-in-law, Dr. Anne Sherren, Lombard, IL., bother-in-law, Burdette (Ellyn) Johnson of Shell Rock, IA, and brother-law Rick (Shelly) Johnson of Independence, IA.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Maurice and Corrine Sherren, her daughter Dawn Rouse on July 17, 2017, and her brother William Sherren (2015), and brother-in-law Glenn Johnson (2020).

Memorial services will be held at 11 AM Tuesday at the Reiff Family Center in Independence with Rev. Sean Burke and Rev. Sue Ann Raymond officiating, Burial will be in the Wilson Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 PM Monday at the Funeral Home.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, February 17th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Monday, February 17th, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Reiff Family Center - Independence
    Address
    216 3rd Ave SE
    INDEPENDENCE, IA 50644
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  • Service

    Tuesday, February 18th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Tuesday, February 18th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Reiff Family Center - Independence
    Address
    216 3rd Ave SE
    INDEPENDENCE, IA 50644
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Rev. Sean Burke
    Co-Celebrant
    Rev. Sue Ann Raymond
  • Interment

    Location
    Wilson Cemetery
    Address
    INDEPENDENCE, IA 50644
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    Burial will be held at a later date
  • Reception

    Location
    Reiff Family Center - Independence
    Address
    216 3rd Ave SE
    INDEPENDENCE, IA 50644
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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KRISTI CLAYTON

Posted at 04:57pm
Darwin.. My sincerest sympathy to you and your family. Mary Jean was a special lady. So sorry for all the sadness you have gone thru lately. Kristi Clayton
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Art & Teresa Dudley

Posted at 07:35pm
Darwin...We're so very sorry to hear about Mary. She was a wonderful person! Our sincerest sympathy to your family. Your many wonderful memories will bring you great comfort. Hugs! - Art & Teresa Dudley
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Larry Sloan

Posted at 05:12pm
Sorry to hear of the passing of Mary Jean, I so enjoyed what time I was able to spend with the two of you.

Sincerely Yours
Larry Sloan
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Harry Stimson

Posted at 09:01pm
Sorry, Darwin and family, for your loss.
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Dixie Hansen

Posted at 07:17pm
I didn't know Mary J. Johnson but I know her family. Prayers for all who loved her.
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