Mary Eloise Johnson

JohnsonMary.jpgMary Eloise Johnson, 70, passed away Saturday, October 20, 2012 at her home in Shelton, WA after a year-long journey with cancer. She was born September 8, 1942 to H. Thomas Hesser and Charlotte Marion (Carmody) Hesser in Eureka, CA. After her family’s move to Hoodsport, WA, she graduated from Irene S. Reed High School in Shelton in 1961. She was married to Michael E. Kirk on August 30, 1963. They resided in Hoodsport and raised two daughters. Mary was married to Allard R. “Al” Johnson, on July 23, 1983. Together they built a beautiful blended family and a business, Cascade Forest Corporation, where they worked side by side for nearly 30 years.
Mary loved the sea and she and Al spent time cruising Alaska on the “Mary Beth”. She enjoyed reading, cooking and hosting Christmas Eve for her entire family. Memories of Grandma Mary’s Christmases will always be treasured by her family.
Mary is survived by her adoring husband of 29 years, Al Johnson, of the family home; daughters Shannon (Greg) Twiddy, Shelton, WA and Stefanie (Mark) McDougall, Hoodsport, WA; sons Michael (Julie) Johnson and Mark (Cindy) Johnson of Olympia, WA and Kevin (Karen) Johnson of Shelton, WA. Mary is also survived by her cherished 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, “Tom” Hesser, mother, Charlotte Hilligoss, step-father, Ralph Hilligoss, sister, Martha Tyynismaa and grandson, Ryan Johnson.
A celebration of Mary’s life will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 1:00 pm at the Hope Chapel, 421 West “E” Street, Shelton, WA. Arrangements by McComb Funeral Home.