Mary D. Johnson, 85 of Billings passed away on October 12, 2006 at Diamond Willow Home in Billings. She was born in Billings on April 29, 1921, the daughter of Chris and Sara Dunleavy. She attended schools in Billings, graduating from Senior High in 1939. Following high school, Mary worked for the Yellowstone County Treasurers Office.
On August 4, 1945, Mary was united in marriage to Howard L. Johnson, while he was on leave from the military. Together they resided in Billings where they started their family.
Mary was a true gardener. Her love for flowers was obvious by the sight of her beautiful gardens. She had been active in a bowling league from the 1950’s until the 1980’s, taking trips to tournaments, including Nationals in Denver in 1960. She was an active member at the St. Patrick’s Co-Cathedral, including church circles. She and Howard were also supportive in the building and remodel projects there. Mary had a wonderful sense of humor and a real love for life.
The family would like to express their deep gratitude to the staff of Diamond Willow Home and Rocky Mountain Hospice for their tender loving care of Mary.
Those left behind include her son, Dr. Richard D. Johnson and wife Janet of Ft. Collins, CO; daughter, Mary Ann Johnson Bradley and husband Timothy of Laurel, MT; granddaughter, Sarah Rose Bradley of Laurel; and grandson, Timothy J. Johnson of Laurel.
She was preceded in death by her husband Howard on April 21, 2006; her parents; and her brother Anthony P. Dunleavy.
Vigil services will be held at 6:00 P.M. on Monday, October 16, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary. Funeral Mass will be at 12:00 P.M., on Tuesday, at St. Patrick’s Co-Cathedral with rite of committal to follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Rocky Mountain Hospice, 2110 Overland Ave. Suite 111, Billings, MT, 59102; St. Labre Indian School, Ashland, MT 59004; Montana Rescue Mission, PO Box 3232, Billings, MT 59103; or St. Vincent DePaul, 2610 Montana Ave, Billings, MT 59101; or the charity of one’s choice.