Mary R. Johnson
1925 - 2019
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Mary R. Johnson, 94, of Bear, Delaware (daughter of Raymond and Rena Gruwell Raughley) passed away at Abbey Manor Assisted Living in Elkton, Maryland. She was born in Dover, Delaware on January 1, 1925. Mary was preceded in death by her husband, former senator B. Walter Johnson, and two great-grandsons, Liam and Evan Burgess.

Mary graduated from Middletown High School and attended Goldey Beacom. She enjoyed working for Chrysler for several years. After marrying, Mary and Walter lived several years in Middletown and in the Summit Bridge area. They moved to a dairy farm in Bear and she began a busy farm life raising seven children. She enjoyed crafting flower arrangements, jewelry, and dabbled in painting. She was an amazing cook; her pastries, particularly sticky buns, were out of this world! Mary enjoyed spending many hours with friends at the Cornerstone Church Senior Center.

Mary is survived by seven children: Janet Johnson Foltz (John) of Dover, Rena Johnson Bayley (Tom) of West Chester, Pennsylvania, Yvonne Johnson Reynolds (Jimmy) of Middletown, Dorothy Johnson Laws of Bear, Norma Johnson (Chuck Willis) of Lewes, Ben Johnson (Jackie) of Bear, and Barbara Johnson Neustaedter (Robert) of Houston, Texas. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren: Eric Foltz, Kara Foltz Swansiger, Stephanie Foltz Stephens, Robert Bayley, Rick Bayley, Sean Bayley, Sharon Bayley Suhr, Tyler Reynolds, Lauren Laws Mitchell, Zachary Folan, Jenna Johnson Burgess, Jessie Johnson Walther; 26 great-grandchildren: Sydney and Brian Swansiger; Skylar and Henry Stephens; Brock, Brogan, Bryce, Brett, and Brinton Bayley; Kendall, Morgan, Peyton, and Taylor Bayley; Monica, Myka and Cora Suhr; Ava Reynolds; Lydia and Mack Mitchell; Verona, Amelia, Harrison and Hudson Folan; and Jake, Riley, and Carson Walther.

A private graveside ceremony will take place on April 18 with arrangements being made by Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home in Middletown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cornerstone Church Senior Center, 3135 Summit Bridge Road, Bear, DE 19701 or your favorite charity.

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Published in Middletown Transcript from Apr. 18 to Apr. 27, 2019.
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April 28, 2019
To The Family of Mary accept my sincere condolences you are not alone during this time of sorrow and pain. May God give your family strength and comfort to help you endure this loss. As you remember your beloved one, the God of peace give you comfort and peace in every way. May you find Strength from the love and care that surrounds you and comfort in the memories that you shared.
2 Thessalonians 3:16
Andrea Sanchez
April 26, 2019
Life comes, and then it goes. But Mary's memory, will forever remain in your hearts. Deuteronomy 30:19

Condolences to the family
C. Reeves
April 22, 2019
May your cherished memories and God's promise at John 6:40 bring you a measure of peace and comfort during this most difficult time. I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one.
April 20, 2019
Sending all my love to the Johnson family . Special prayers for you all. I have many fond memories of your Mom and Dad. Staying on the farm was always so exciting to me. Loved seeing the cows being milked , the corn fields and Duke the pony! I remember the big picture of milk sitting on the kitchen table and Aunt Mary could never talk me into drinking it. Always had to chuckle because living on a farm you sure could use some boys to help out. Then finally Benny came along . Another highlight staying on the farm was our many games of cards . All of us would be sitting in a large circle with cards flying every where . Again all my prayers go out to each and everyone of you . Love to you all and a great big Hug .
Lilly West
April 20, 2019
As you celebrate the life of your loved one and cherish your fond memories, may you continue to find comfort in God's mercy and compassion because he cares for you. Psalm 103:8

Robert, Forest Park, GA
April 19, 2019
As you remember your love one, as God heals your broken hearts (Psalm 147:3), may your treasured memories continue to bring you peace, comfort, and strength to endure.
April 15, 2019
I'm sorry for your lose I would like to share a scripture with you at Act 24 :15
Hope that it will bring you and your family some comfort.
Newark, Delaware
April 15, 2019
May the God of all comfort sustain your family during the days ahead Psalms 119:76
April 15, 2019
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
April 15, 2019
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
April 15, 2019
My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Ms. Johnson. May precious memories, heartfelt prayers, and the loving provision from the God of all comfort bring you hope and solace. (John 3:16)
April 14, 2019
She leaves a wonderful legacy in her family.
Well done good and faithful
Barbara Burgess
April 14, 2019
Aunt Mary will be missed but is at peace now. She was such a loving person.
Linda Brown
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