Margaret Eleanor Johnson
Margaret Eleanor Johnson
  • March 19, 1921 - April 24, 2017
  • Lancaster, Ohio

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Margaret E. (Henry) Johnson, 96, passed away Monday April 24, 2017. Margaret, a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church, resided for all except three of her years in Lancaster, Ohio. She was born March 19, 1921, to Edgar and Daisy Henry and lived her childhood in her family home, now the Henry Manor, and lived most of her married life across the street in a house built by her husband in 1954, where they raised two children.
Margaret graduated from Lancaster High School, class of 1938, and received her BS degree in Education from Ohio University. In 1946, Margaret and three of her friends drove across country to California in an old second-hand car, which was quite an adventure. She lived in the San Francisco area for a few months and then moved to San Diego, where she taught for three years. She met the love of her life, Gilbert B. Johnson, and they were married in the Presbyterian Church in Linda Vista, CA, a suburb of San Diego. Upon returning to Lancaster, Margaret taught first grade, predominantly at Cedar Heights School, but also at West, East, and Millersport. She balanced her teaching career and her family life with great skill. An avid reader, she loved introducing her students to the world of books and the joy of reading. As a result of her long teaching career, Margaret had the pleasure of teaching multiple generations of Lancaster students.
She was a member of the Retired Teachers Association, Olivedale Senior Citizens, and the Loyalty Circle of the First Presbyterian Church, and had been a volunteer at the Lancaster Public Library and the Fairfield Medical Center.
Margaret enjoyed nothing more than lending a hand, or having a visit with friends and family. Margaret loved her family, and hosted countless holiday meals and family gatherings. She could never do enough for those she loved. A wonderful wife, devoted sister, mother, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother and friend, Margaret will be missed by all who knew her.
Preceded in death by her loving husband of 56 years, Gilbert B. Johnson (2004); parents Edgar L. and Daisy B. (Hufford) Henry; sister, Helen E. Moon; brothers Paul H. Henry and E. Neil Henry, grandson, Ryan P. D. Conrad. Left to cherish her memory are son, James L. Johnson (JoAnn) of Cornelius, NC; daughter, Dianna L. Conrad (Jeffrey Whittington) of Lancaster, OH; grandson, J. Benjamin Johnson of Cornelius, NC; Brooke Priddy Conrad (wife of grandson, Ryan); great grandson, Harper Reed Conrad; niece, Patricia Leja, Lakeside, CA; nephews, Paul D. Henry, Lakeside, CA, Bryan L. Henry, Alta Loma, CA, Arthur Henry, Leeds, AL, Ralph Moon, Richmond, CA; and numerous other loving friends and family members.
Friends and family may call at the funeral home from 5 to 8 on Friday. Funeral service will be
held 11:00 a.m. Saturday April 29, 2017 at Halteman-Fett Dyer Funeral Home with Reverend Matthew Richardson officiating. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery. Reception will be held for family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Margaret's memory to the First Presbyterian Church, or to a charity of choice.