Mary Ann McClure Johnson

Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 30 Jun 2002 (aged 76)
Overland Park, Johnson County, Kansas, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend, Specifically: Cremation and private family memorial service.
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Mary Ann (McClure) Johnson, 76, Overland Park, KS, died June 30, 2002, at St. Luke's Hospital following the sudden onset of a terminal illness. Cremation and private family memorial service. A reception for family and friends will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, at Second Presbyterian Church, 55th & Brookside Blvd., Kansas City.

Mary Ann was born June 19, 1926, in Philadelphia to Mae M. and John N. McClure Jr. During her childhood, her family lived in Philadelphia and Tulsa before moving to Johnson County, Kansas, in the early 1940s. She graduated from what was then Shawnee Mission Rural High School in 1944. Mary Ann attended the University of Kansas and was graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1948. She was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority at KU.

She married Donald E. Johnson on December 27, 1948, and they settled in the Kansas City area. Mary Ann and Don lived in Prairie Village and Mission Hills for several decades. Don practiced law as a patent attorney with Schmidt, Johnson, Hovey & Williams and predecessor firms for many years. They loved to travel and visited many destinations, both on family vacations with their three children and as a couple.

Mary Ann was a traditional homemaker while her children were young. In the late 1960s, she began a career of her own by co-founding Johnson-Welsh Art Galleries at 59th Street and Brookside Boulevard. Her innate entrepreneurial bent and business acumen flowered as the gallery operated successfully for more than a decade and represented many regional and national artists before being sold to its present owners and renamed American Legacy Gallery.

She was a member of Second Presbyterian Church. She volunteered in various community organizations, including many years on the board of the Mattie Rhodes Center, where she served as president for a period; the Crittenton Center; and the Gamma Phi Beta Antiques Show. She was a member of Mission Hills Country Club and the Westport chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

In recent years, Mary Ann spent some months each winter in Scottsdale, AZ, where she socialized and is remembered by many friends. One of her other pleasures was a farm in Linn County, KS, which she and her husband had maintained as a wildlife refuge and retreat since the early 1960s. She was a devoted and loving wife to Don and consistently kept his memory alive for herself and children and grandchildren.

Over the years, Mary Ann partook of many joyful times with her friends. She always considered herself fortunate to be part of a circle of lifelong friends in Kansas City and was grateful for their friendship and support, especially in her later years.

The suddenness of her illness was a surprise, but she faced it with strength and bravery. She appreciated greatly the cards, letters and phone calls she received in her final days.

Mary Ann was known as "Mimi" to her grandchildren. She is remembered and missed by them for her keen alertness and diverse interests, which always stimulated activity and conversation involving all ages, be it at "grandmother parties" at her home in Kansas City, birthday swim gatherings, or spring break cookouts at her condo in Arizona.

Her sense of taste, appreciation of art, and creativity were seen clearly but subtly in her residences and demeanor. This aesthetic sensibility was governed by her orientation to practicality and thrift, which undoubtedly owed both to her own heritage and upbringing during the Depression and World War II.

To her children and grandchildren, Mimi was the epitome of a lady, and they can only hope to attain a similar degree of overall life success.

She leaves two sons and a daughter and their families. She is also survived by her sister and beloved nieces and nephews. Mary Ann was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Don, and by a granddaughter, Mackall.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Second Presbyterian Church, 318 E. 55th St., Kansas City, MO 64113, or St. Luke's Hospital Foundation, 800 W. 47th St., Ste. 204, Kansas City, MO 64112-1244. (Arrangements: D.W. Newcomer's Sons Johnson County Chapel, 11200 Metcalf, 913-451-1860)

The Kansas City Star
Thursday, July 4, 2002
Page: B4

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