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Olwyn Johnson, 96, passed away peacefully on Sunday evening, September 15, 2013, at Martin Health Center in Bloomington, Illinois. The youngest of the 5 children of David John Thomas and Mary Ellen (Moses) Thomas, she was born on January 12, 1917, in Blakely, Pennsylvania. Olwyn, whose name came from the daughter of England's Welsh Prime Minister, was very proud of her Welsh heritage. She married Merle F. Johnson of Peckville-Oliphant on October 22, 1938. They were both graduates of Blakely High School and Scranton- Lackawana Business College. In their early married years, Merle and Olwyn lived in the Eastern US. In 1955 they moved their young family to Park Ridge Illinois where they raised their two sons, Thomas and Jeffrey, and joined Park Ridge Presbyterian Church. Olwyn was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who blessed the lives of everyone she knew. At Park Ridge Church she taught 2nd grade Sunday school, participated in women's organizations, Chi-rho, and quilting and assisted with their yearly bazaar. Olwyn was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, and husband Merle. She is survived by her two sons, Dr. Thomas Johnson of Bloomington, Illinois, and Jeffrey Johnson of Mendham, New Jersey, and her three grandchildren Andrew, of Chicago, Illinois, Stephen, of Evanston, Illinois, and Julie of Newport Beach, California. Visitation Sunday 2pm until time of service 3pm at Park Ridge Presbyterian Church, 1300 W. Crescent, Park Ridge, IL. Burial will follow at a later date in Pennsylvania. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Park Ridge Presbyterian Church or appreciated. Inquiries 847-823-5122 and online guestbook www.nelsonfunerals.com.
Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Sept. 18, 2013
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