Margaret Johnson

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Oct. 8, 1925 - April 9, 2010

Margaret L. Johnson, lifelong resident of Walla Walla, died April 9, 2010.

Margaret was born in Walla Walla, on Oct. 8, 1925, to Averill A. and Mary Carley Fisher. She graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1943. After working as a telephone operator and at the Port of Embarkation in Seattle during World War II, Margaret returned to Walla Walla, and married Clarence Johnson on August 2, 1947.

She worked as a secretary at Whitman College for 25 years, in the office of student affairs and then later in the athletic department, where she also taught ballroom dancing. Margaret loved dancing, and she and Clarence were members of the Hi-Steppers Square Dance Club, Roundaliers Round Dance Club, and Country Cousins Square Dance Club, and enjoyed travelling to dances throughout the Northwest.

Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Headley of Colfax and Mary Rowe of Walla Walla; two sons, Howard Johnson of Springfield, Ore. and Robert Johnson of Hillsboro, Ore.; 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Marilyn Brown; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clarence Johnson, in 1992; brother, Lawrence (Larry) Fisher in 2007; and brother, Gordon Fisher in 1944, during service in Holland in WWII. Her beloved canine companion, Charlie, also preceded her in death.

A memorial service is planned for Saturday, April 24, 2010, at 2 p.m., at the City Church of Seventh day Adventists, 2133 Howard Street, Walla Walla. Memorials may be made to Walla Walla Community Hospice.

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