Marguerite L. Johnson, 100, loved sports, led organizations

Friday, August 30, 2013 | 6:44 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Marguerite Johnson, a centenarian, was an avid sports fan and was highly involved in her community, holding offices of four organizations.

Marguerite L. Johnson of Columbia died Monday, Aug. 26, 2013. She was 100.

She was born in Pleasant Hill, Ill., to Myrl and Florence Farnsworth Windmiller.

On March 10, 1934, she married R.D. Johnson in Sedalia. They were married for almost 73 years.

The Johnson family moved to Columbia in 1955 from Indiana, where Mrs. Johnson was an office manager for R.D.'s business. In Columbia, she worked as an assistant counselor at a Stephens College residence hall.

In 1962, she began working at the local weather bureau, which was later the Office of Climatology, and then the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She retired in 1979.

She was a member of National Secretaries International, NARF, Kings Daughters and First Baptist Women's Circle.

Mrs. Johnson is survived by two sons, Bob Johnson and his wife, Judy, and Michael Johnson and his wife, Nirma; two daughters, Carol Erwin and her husband, Stan, and Sue Stohr and her husband, Paul; a sister, Catherine Sprout; 10 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. 

Her husband, her parents and three brothers, Eugene, Donald and Walter Windmiller, died earlier.

Visitation will be held from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Sept. 14 at Parker Funeral Service, 22 N. Tenth St. Funeral services will follow at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials may be given to The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri, 2101 Vandiver Drive, Columbia, MO 65201, or to First Baptist Church, 1112 E. Broadway, Columbia MO 65201.

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