Martha J. “Marci” Johnson, 78, Marion, went to be with the Lord Sunday morning, October 11, 2020, at her home where she lived out most of her married life and raised her children. Marci was born on February 21, 1942, to the late Glen and Mary Smithson in Gas City. She married the love of her life, Merrill “Butch” Johnson, on March 14, 1963, and they enjoyed 51 years of marriage and are now reunited for eternity.

After marriage, she and Butch lived in Homestead, Florida, while Butch served in the U.S. Army. Afterwards, they returned to Marion to rejoin their families and to begin their own. Children, Gena and Steve, arrived some years later and became objects of Marci’s great attention and love. Marci was a full-time wife, mother, and keeper of the home. She kept the Johnson family home with great attention. She was fervently committed to her family and gave her loving care to the full. She was an excellent mother to Gena and Steve and over-the-moon grandma to Wade and Jake Brodt; Grace, Sarah, and Luke Johnson. Her children and grandchildren were the apple of her eye. She was always ready to talk about the details of their lives, celebrate their victories, and to comfort them during difficulties. As long as she was able, she was present for every ball game, school activity, birthday party, and every Christmas morning. Nothing brought her happiness like her family.

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