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 Marie Olive <I>Johnson</I> Redmond

Marie Olive Johnson Redmond

Birth
Albion, Boone County, Nebraska, USA
Death 25 Jul 2012 (aged 89)
Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, USA
Burial Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 98150658 · View Source
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Marie Olive (Johnson) Brannan Redmond died July 25, 2012, at Risen Son Christian Village.

Marie was born on October 2, 1922, in Albion, Neb., the first of Mell R. and Maggie (Deweese) Johnson's six children. As a teenager, she moved with her family to Omaha, Neb. Marie attended Omaha Technical High School where she was a member of the swim team. She and two other girls were pictured in the Omaha World Herald having been honored as posture champions in 1938. Marie graduated in 1940 and soon after began working at the Headquarters of the 16th Army Corp. During her 27 years of service there, she was promoted to office manager, retiring in 1968.

Marie married Luther L. Reynolds June 1, 1941. Corporal Reynolds died October 24, 1945.

Marie married Arthur L. Brannan on August 13, 1958, in Ringgold, Ga. After Marie's retirement, they moved to an acreage east of Council Bluffs. Marie gardened, canned produce and cared for their beloved dogs. She sometimes accompanied Art on his over-the-road truck trips. Their home became the gathering place for the extended Johnson family. Arthur died January 1, 1981.

On May 18, 1991, Marie married one of Art's best friends, Darel Redmond. They fulfilled a life dream of visiting Alaska in 1993. Darel died September 5, 1994.

Marie lived in the home until moving to an apartment in Council Bluffs, in 2002. Marie led a full and active life. She played on the first women's softball team organized in Omaha. When all five sisters lived in the Council Bluffs area, they formed a bowling team and had fun saying they each had a brother, often tricking folks into thinking there were five brothers instead of one.

While living in Council Bluffs she planted iris along the backyard fence. She recorded on a map the variety and date the iris bloomed. Marie and her sister, Lois, enjoyed going to garage sales, hunting for that item they "needed" even though they did not know what it was until they found it! A bumper sticker on Marie's van warned others that her vehicle stopped for such events. This pastime led to a business dealing in antique glassware, jewelry and other collectibles. Marie was known for her beautiful needlework and crocheting, winning prizes when entered in competition. Family members are lucky recipients of her handiwork. After her mother died, Marie carried on the tradition of baking the Poor Man's Fruit Cake for the family at Christmas. She pursued her interest in family history, leaving genealogical records dating back several hundred years.

Beside family, Marie had a special place in her heart for military service personnel and veterans. Her patriotism was evident by the flags found throughout her home A worker of crossword puzzles and an avid reader, Marie was pleased to visit places she had read about, including Iceland, Europe and Alaska. After her trip to Alaska in 1993, Marie and a close friend, Irene, visited the 49th state three more times. She was hoping for one more trip this year. The extended family regarded Marie as the matriarch of the Johnson clan. She was always ready to do what she could to help those she loved.

She will be missed by those who survive her: sister, June Welty, of Lincoln, Neb., and her children, Marjorie Honcik, Bonnie Blake and Terese Dolezal; sister, Lois (Frank) Prideaux, of Crescent, Iowa, and their children, Sandra Pfiefer and Mark Prideaux; sister, Peggy Hatton's children, Margaret Hatton, Leslie Hatton, J. Kathleen George and Rebecca Bradley; brother, Thomas (Mary) Johnson, of Sioux Falls, S.D., and their children, Denise Hair and Bruce Johnson. Other survivors include great grand nieces and nephews, great great nieces and nephews, cousins and close friend, Irene Angeroth.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Corporal Reynolds, Arthur Brannan and Darel Redmond; sisters, Margaret Clair Peterson, May 15, 1999 and Peggy Hatton, September 27, 2011; a niece, Tammy (Prideaux) Frieze, October 23, 1995.

Obituary & Photo is from The Daily Nonpareil


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  • Created by: Memories 4 ever
  • Added: 2 Oct 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 98150658
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Marie Olive Johnson Redmond (2 Oct 1922–25 Jul 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 98150658, citing Ridgewood Cemetery, Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Memories 4 ever (contributor 47377364) .