The following obituary was submitted by Winchester Funeral Home in Charlevoix, Michigan:
Marie Johnson, 71, of Beaver Island, passed away Thursday, June 10, at American House Assisted Living Charlevoix. She was born April 24, 1943, in Saint John's, Newfoundland, Canada, to Obekiahi and Marjorie (Organ) Northcott, and grew up in Glenwood, Newfoundland.
She made her home in Roswell for thirty years, where she was owner/manager of M&W Lauck Motors. She later moved to Big Canoe where she married Elling Z. Johnson on March 14, 1998. After marrying, they made their home on Beaver Island, and continued to winter in Big Canoe.
Marie was a member of the United Methodist Church in Roswell, and was active in the Balalaika Orchestra Society in Atlanta. The Hope Lutheran Church in Ellijay and its Pastor, David Smedley, played an important role in Marie and E.Z.'s lives, having married them and performed several Baptisms within their family. Most recently, she has been a member of the Holy Cross Church on Beaver Island.
Marie is survived by her husband, Elling Z. Johnson of Beaver Island; son, Russell (Jessica) Lauck of Dahlonega, and daughter, Angie (Joseph) Peters of Cumming; grandchildren, Jenny, and Joseph Peters; stepson, Elling Z. Johnson, III, of Big Canoe; step-grandchildren, Lauren Marie, Sarah Joanne, and Brian Kenneth Peet; brothers, Gus (Olive) Northcott, Ted (Glynnis) Northcott of Glenwood, Newfoundland.
Marie was preceded in death by her step-daughter, Tonya Lynn Johnson and sister, Myra Powell.
Visitation will be from 6-8 pm, Thursday, July 17, at Holy Cross Church on Beaver Island. Funeral mass will be 11 am, Friday, July 18, at Holy Cross Church, the Reverend Jim Doherty officiating. Cremation will follow, and interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery on Beaver Island.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Blood and Marrow Transplant Group of Georgia, 5670 Peachtree Dunwoody Road Suite 1000, Atlanta, GA 30342, or to Holy Cross Church, Beaver Island, MI 49782.
Please sign Marie's guestbook at www.winchesterfuneralhome.com.