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DANVILLE - Mary Carlson Edwards Johnson, 96, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday morning, Aug. 24, 2016.
She was born Nov. 9, 1919, to Henry and Emma (Persson) Carlson.
She married James A. Edwards on May 10, 1941, in Mt Vernon, Ill. He died May 2, 1962. She married Robert J. Johnson on Sept. 7, 1968, in Danville. He died May 17, 1992.
She is survived by two sons, Larry (Dixie) Edwards of Charlotte, N.C., and Phillip (Barbara) Edwards of Indianapolis; two stepchildren, Martin (Isabel) Johnson of Ellenton, Fla., and Patricia (Bradley) Cookson of Centennial, Colo.; one dear sister-in-law, Lucille Lyman of Tilton; 10 grandchildren; Amy (Richard) Clark, Andrew (Julianne) Edwards, Ashly (Ken) Hensel, Jonathan (Tiffany) Edwards, David (Samantha) Edwards, Joel (Chelsea) Edwards, Ellen (Jeremy) Torres, Patrick Johnson, Christopher Johnson and Samantha Cookson; three great-grandchildren, Andrew James Clark, Elizabeth Clark and Lily Edwards; nine nephews; and seven nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; one sister, Anna (Robert) Larson; five brothers, Martin (Viola) Carlson, Walter (Evalyn) Carlson, Paul (Francis) Carlson, August (Ruby) Carlson and Oscar (Mary) Carlson; and an infant daughter, Lynelle Kay Edwards, as well as four nephews and one niece.
Mary was raised on the family dairy farm near Grape Creek, Ill., and graduated in 1938 from Westville High School. She also attended classes at DACC and Parkland Community College.
She worked at Arnholt Bakery, Chicago Motor Club and Illinois Bell Telephone prior to a career in banking. She sent many years at Second National, then the Bank of Danville and finally First Midwest Bank.
Mary was active in Home Bureau, Franklin School PTA, GAO Caldron and a long-standing member of Central Christina Church in Danville. Mary loved to dance, enjoyed quilting and she especially loved to travel and experienced trips to Canada, Australia, Hawaii, Honduras and three trips to Sweden, the birth home of her parents.
A tribute to the life of Mary will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 29, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 3940 N. Vermilion St., Danville. Officiating will be Rev. Henry Berg. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery in Danville. Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to Presence Rainbow Hospice or the charity of the donor's choice. Please join Mary's family in sharing memories, photos and videos on her Tribute Wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.
Published on August 24, 2016
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