Mary Johnson

Mary L.. Johnson

September 20, 1924 - April 3, 2020
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Mary Lavonne Johnson, 95 of Watertown, passed away Friday, April 3, 2020 at Avantara Watertown.

A private family mass will be held at Holy Name of Jesus Church in Watertown with Father Michael Wensing officiating. Music will be provided by Laura Atwood.

Mary Lavonne Leddy Johnson was born on September 20, 1924 in Watertown, SD.
Mary was a mother of six, Terry, Debbie, Geralyn, Rick, Greg and Dawn; grandmother of 20; great-grandmother of 31; great-great-grandmother of 5; sister-in-law to Dixie Schnoor (Larry); and brother-in-law to Darrell Johnson.

As a feisty redhead, she lived life to the fullest. She had Irish blood flowing in her veins and wasn’t afraid to let people know it. Mary didn’t stay in Watertown too long after she graduated from Watertown High School. She and her sister Marcella packed their bags and went to Washington State to support the war in effort. Yes, Mom and Marcy worked for Boeing as two of the Rosie Riveter Clan. They helped the United States win World War II.

She returned to Watertown and married our father, Donald. Our family began. Dad was a Marine and also did his part to defeat the evil Adolf Hitler.

Dad loved Mom very deeply and couldn’t wait to get home to tie the knot and bring in us baby boomers.
They were married January 14, 1946, at the Immaculate Conception Church in Watertown.

Mary was a great designer, both in the homes dad built and in the clothes she wore, and she always looked amazing. Mary was also the manager of Macy’s fur department at Macy’s in Reno, Nevada. She was also the top sales person.

Mary had made many new friends at Avantara. They all truly loved her and took extremely good care of our mom. They always brought a smile to her face and they loved her very much.

She is preceded in death by her loving husband Donald, her daughter Geralyn, her grandson Donny Stormo, her parents Matilda and Michael, one sister Marcella and her brothers Jerome and Michael.
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    St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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Private family funeral will be held at Holy Name of Jesus Church.


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Casey Krause

Posted at 10:48pm
We lived across the street from Grandpa, a great story teller, and Grandma Leddy got to see Mary and Don and kids a lot. Mary was one beautiful woman always well dressed and friendly. So sorry for your loss. Casey Krause.

Jan Larson

Posted at 08:33pm
Sending my condolences on the loss of your mom. Terry and Deb thinking of you and your family. Jan Thorson Larson

Denise Bender(Stein)

Posted at 06:31pm
So very Sorry for your loss. Thoughts & Prayers are with you all.🙏🙏🙏

Lonni Harrison

Posted at 01:32pm
My condolences to Terry, Rick, Greg, Deb, Dawn and all the grandchildren:
My memories of Mary will always be her wonderful laugh and zest for life. She certainly made things interesting! I'm sure Don is grinning as he says, "Look out, here she comes!" They were quite a pair and so fun to be around. Let all those good times give you peace and comfort.
Peace in Him,

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