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Margaret Johnson



Margaret Nagel Johnson was born at home on Jan. 11, 1920, to Lulu (Maier) and Stephen Nagel. Marg passed away at the Hood River Care Center at the age of 93 years, 3 months.

Born in Appleton, Marg was raised in a rural area, where she acquired all of those magnificent skills necessary to be a splendid homemaker. After she married Wilbur M. Johnson on July 26, 1940, at the age of 20, Margaret cooked for many years for wheat and hay crews, as Wilber and she spent their adult lives farming on High Prairie.

She loved to can, making jams and jellies; many of which she entered in county fairs, where she won scores of ribbons. Margaret also loved to crochet, making afghans, doilies, and baby blankets for family and friends. She crocheted bedspreads and tablecloths, entering them for competition through the grange. These competitions included Washington State as well as the entire nation. One of Marg’s bedspreads won a national award.

Margaret was the neighborhood and family supplier of canned pickles, salmon, sauerkraut, and green beans. Everyone looked forward to Halloween for her “yummy” popcorn balls. After her mother passed away in 1957, Wilber and Marg hosted the annual Easter Reunion for their several clans over several decades, where these Easter gatherings were greatly anticipated, relished and cherished.

After they married, they moved to a farm adjoining Wilber’s parents’ farm, where they raised pigs, cows and chickens, as well as farming 400 acres of wheat each year. They actively farmed until Wilbur’s death on July 26, 1986 – Margaret and Wilbur’s 46th wedding anniversary. Margaret moved to Lyle in 1984, where she lived until experiencing a stroke in 2012.

Margaret is the last member of her generation as she is preceded in death by her brother, Louis Nagel; sisters, Evelyn Schurtz, Elizabeth Syvertsen, Adeline Sorenson and Marjory Gregory, her twin sister.

Marg is survived by two sons, Keith Johnson and his wife, Jackie, of Lyle, Wash., and Duane Johnson and his wife, Janet, of Hermiston, Ore .; granddaughters, Amy and her husband, Chad Haggerty; Stacey and her husband, B.J. Roberts, and Kelly Johnson; great-granddaughter, Zoey Roberts, and great-grandson, Paytonn Haggerty.

Although Margaret will be greatly missed by her many friends and family members, she left a part of herself with each of us. Loving, caring, forgiving, gracious, gentle, and giving, Marg epitomized what it means to love one’s friends, even enemies, more than one’s self. She never met a stranger; she was a blessing to be around. We, as well as the world, are enhanced and enriched by the legacy of her enduring and loving presence.

Margaret passed away on April 22, 2013, the day of her husband, Wilbur’s birthday. Her ashes will be interred at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Appleton, along with her husband.


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