Marie Johnson

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Longtime Anchorage resident Marie Edna Johnson, 87, died peacefully Oct. 15, 2007, at her home with family members at her side.
A celebration of life will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Anchorage Senior Center, followed by a gathering of friends and family to share memories and photos.
Born June 8, 1920, to Walter and Marie Peebles in Long Island, N.Y., Marie was the oldest of six children. Her sisters said they looked up to her as they grew up, that she played a prominent role in their upbringing.
Marie left New York to serve in the newly formed Women's Army Corps during World War II, where she attained the rank of sergeant. Following her honorable discharge, she returned to work at advertising giant Young & Rubicam, relocating to their San Francisco office.
It was in California that she followed her dream of flying, nearly completing commercial pilot license training before meeting her husband, Robert W. Johnson. They married in 1954 and resettled in Fairbanks later that year.
Reminiscing about how unprepared she was for life in Fairbanks, she said, "We didn't have a car so I had to walk everywhere, and I didn't own a winter coat." But she persevered and received her first driver's license, a territorial license.
In 1961, the family moved to Anchorage, where she worked for the Department of Revenue (predecessor to the Department of Motor Vehicles) before giving birth to her seventh child in 1964. She returned to work a few years later, serving first as an administrative secretary for the local Selective Service office until its closure in 1975, and then as a contracts and procurement specialist with the Federal Aviation Administration, retiring in 1987.
Following her retirement, Marie generously volunteered her time through the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) where she contributed countless hours serving such organizations as Four As, the Anchorage Senior Center and the Anchorage Police Department.
She loved to travel, spending much of her free time traveling the United States and abroad. In fact, after retirement Marie traveled to six of the seven continents, leaving only Antarctica untouched.
Marie is survived by her sisters, Mildred Cassidy of Pennsylvania, Marge Sarro and Joan Hydo of New York; son, Walt Johnson of Anchorage; daughters and sons-in-law, Mij and Steve MacDougall of Lovelock, Nev., Jay and Jerry Marquez of Beaverton, Ore., Karen and Jerry Eggleston, and Lea and Jurgen Klingert, and Lynda Barnes, all of Anchorage. In addition she leaves 19 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband; daughter, Christine; and sisters, Francis Peebles and Doris May.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Darren Lewis and Providence Hospice, as their kindness and compassion sincerely aided Marie through her final days!
The family requests that in lieu of flowers contributions be made to the a charity of your choice.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on Oct. 20, 2007