Margaret Julia Johnson died peacefully Thursday, July 3, 2014, at Samaritan Bethany Home in Rochester.

She was born Sept. 14, 1923, in Harmony to Hellick and Ronnaug Johnson.

She grew up in Harmony and attended Harmony High School. Following high school, she did clerical work for various companies such as Trane Air Conditioning, Control Data and the Internal Revenue Service. Throughout her working life, she lived in Nevada, La Crosse, Wis., Minneapolis-St. Paul and Rochester. She ultimately retired from the Sears Roebuck Company in Rochester.

She was crippled at age 2 with polio but persevered through her life dealing with the side effects in a positive way. She was a religious person who had a strong Christian faith. She deeply enjoyed the friends that she made throughout her life. She absolutely loved her vehicle and would take frequent trips throughout Minnesota. She kept her vehicles in good condition and was known as a "speedy lady with a lead foot."

She is survived by her siblings, Gladys Perowski of Reno, Nev., Ruth Veglahn of Chatfield, Harold N. (Betty) Johnson of Chatfield and several very loved nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her brother and sister-in-law, Norval and Jean Johnson and her half-sister and half-brother-in-law, Borghild and Emer Rott of California.

The funeral service for her was held Tuesday, July 8, in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home in Rochester, with the Rev. David Bergh and the Rev. Chris Swenson officiating. Following the service, her body was interred in the Greenfield Cemetery in Harmony.

Macken Funeral Home of Rochester handled the services, and online condolences may be given for Margaret at mackenfuneralhome.com.