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Official Obituary of

Mary Jane (Smith) Johnson

December 30, 1929 ~ March 16, 2024 (age 94) 94 Years Old

Mary Johnson Obituary

Mary Johnson, 94, of Winfield, passed away on Saturday, March 16, 2024, at Sunrise Terrace in Winfield.  Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday April 6, 2024 at the Bethel Baptist Church in Newell.  Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2024 from 10:00 a.m. until service time.  Memorials may be directed to the family in memory of Mary.  Online condolences may be left at

Mary Jane Smith was born on December 30, 1929 in Havelock, IA, the daughter of Peter and Ruth (White) Smith.  On October 13, 1946 she was united in marriage to Marvin Johnson in Laurens, Iowa.  To this union, five children were born.  Mary was the head cook at Newell-Fonda Schools for over 35 years.  Mary was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Newell for many years.  She was a talented seamstress, sewing clothes for her children and after her retirement she sewed clothes for American Girls Dolls.  She was an excellent baker, known for her cinnamon rolls.  Mary enjoyed craft shows and wintering in Texas.  Most of all, she loved to spend time with her family.

Mary will be deeply missed by her children, Susan Christiansen of Ashton, Marilee (Delbert) Knerr of Columbia, MO, Marilyn Christiansen of Winfield; grandchildren, Chris (Rachel) Johnson, Jason (Vanessa) Johnson, Tyler (Sue) Johnson, Lynn (Jon) Bellows, Ona (Jeff) Johnson, Ami Steffen, Jared (Sarah) Knerr, Zachary (Jenna) Knerr, Caleb (Kelsie) Knerr, Amanda (Cody) Tennison, Jacob (Stephen) Knerr, Elizabeth (Cole) Scheetz, Grace Knerr and Kelsey (Mitch) Edwards; 29 great grandchildren; 6 great great grandchildren and sister, Louise Olsen.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Marvin; sons, Steve and William Johnson; sisters, Cora and Margaret; brothers, Ben and Pete and son-in-law, Tim Christiansen.

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April 6, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Bethel Baptist Church
313 IA-7
Newell, IA 50568

Memorial Service
April 6, 2024

11:00 AM
Bethel Baptist Church
313 IA-7
Newell, IA 50568


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