Mary J. Johnson, 86

Mary Jane Johnson, age 86, of Cokato, died peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at the Cokato Manor.

She was born Nov. 16, 1927, in Minneapolis, to Alfred George and Helen Inga Andrews, the oldest of five children. Mary had a happy childhood, and fondly remembered her father renting a lake cabin at Annandale each summer and taking them fishing.

Mary and her husband, Butch, lived in Hopkins, where they owned a business.

After retiring, Butch and Mary enjoyed traveling, and spent quite a bit of time in Florida.

After Butch died, Mary eventually moved to the Edgewood Gables in Bloomington, and became involved in Atonement Lutheran Church in Bloomington, where she enjoyed the quilting group and Bible study.

Mary volunteered for the Lung Association, at the American Swedish Institute, and was a member of Idun Guild. She also hosted a Bible study, forming special friendships through church and all of the groups she was involved in.

Mary was a caring person and had a genuine interest in others.

A few years ago, she moved to Cokato to be closer to her niece, Debbie (Gary) Sandell and family, her sister-in-law, Millie Anderson and her husband, Art (since deceased), and their daughter, Kathy Nyquist and her family.

Mary attended church at Elim Mission in Cokato with Art and Millie, and Bible study with Millie.

Due to various health concerns, Mary eventually moved to the Cokato Manor Nursing Home, here she had wonderful friends and kind and loving caregivers.

Mary is survived by her sisters, Betty (Donald) Bingham of Norwood Young America and Lorraine Thompson of Arlington, TX; brother Edward (Virginia) Andrews of Bloomington; and many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and great nephews.

In addition to her husband, Butch, Mary was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Nancy Mae Andrews.

A memorial service took place Saturday, Dec. 21 at 2 p.m. at Atonement Lutheran Church in Bloomington, with interment at Fort Snelling.

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