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Marjorie A. Johnson

Marjorie A. Johnson, age 72, of Glenwood (formerly of Starbuck) died Sunday morning, Dec. 28, 2008 at her home under the care of hospice.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, Dec. 30 at Indherred Lutheran Church in Starbuck, with Pastor Paul Johnson officiating.

Marjorie Ann Johnson, daughter of Clarence and Jeanette Johnson, was born on May 30, 1936 in Moorhead. She graduated from Morris High School in 1954, the Minnesota School of Business in 1955, and the University of Minnesota, Morris in 1982. She worked as a secretary most of her life for the US Navy Department in Washington, D.C., Max Factor's of Hollywood in Los Angeles, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Law Office of Giberson and Collins in Morris, the Morris Junior High School, the Starbuck High School, UPS, the Minnesota Tax Department, the Minnesota Zoo, MGM Hotel and Casino and Washoe County in Reno, Nev., the City of Robbinsdale, and the Pope County Sheriff's Department.

Marj had a passion for art-painting, sculptures, facial masks, and pottery; some of her work are in private galleries as well as the University of Minnesota. She also enjoying sports-active in softball into her 50s, and being on Lake Minnewaska whether fishing or on her pontoon. She was an avid crossword puzzle regular, a CSI fanatic, and as evidenced by her places of employment, had a curiosity of everything-calling herself, "a restless adventurer."

Preceded in death by her parents, son Mitchell in 1990, brother Clarence (Sonny) Johnson, Jr., and first husband, Clifton Murphy.

Marjorie is survived by her daughters: Nancy (Michael) Rieck of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Patrice (Jeffrey) Nelson of Chester, Connecticut; and Peggy (Michael) Shea of Glenwood; nine grandchildren: Jennifer (Darin) Zenner, Jordan and JoElle Johnsrud, Lanaya Thiesse Nelson, Casey, Mitchell, and Macquire Nelson, Bryan and Nathan Rieck; two great-grandchildren: Carter and Skyler Zenner; Brothers Emery (Barb) Johnson of Maple Grove; Dennis Johnson of Glenwood; Sisters Mary (Curt) Ettesvold of Morris; Janet Johnson of Minneapolis; and Debra (Chuck) Stadsvold of Starbuck; and 14 nieces and nephews.