Margaret "Peggy" Ann (Marvin) Johnson
Margaret "Peggy" Ann (Marvin) Johnson
Funeral services for Margaret Ann "Peggy" Johnson (Marvin) of Warroad will be held on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Zion Lutheran Church in Warroad at 3:00 p.m.
Visitation will be held at the William S. Marvin Visitor Center in Warroad from 4-7 p.m. on Friday with a devotional service at 6:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Saturday for one hour prior to the funeral at the church.
Margaret "Peggy" Ann (Marvin) Johnson, wife, mother, and community volunteer died July 29, 2014 at her home in Warroad, MN surrounded by her family and dear friends after fighting a courageous battle with Multiple Myeloma. Peggy was 68 years old.
Peg was born on Nov 27, 1945 in Warroad MN, the eldest daughter of William S. and Margaret (Wallin) Marvin. She graduated from Warroad High School in 1963 and Bemidji State University in 1967 with a degree in Physical Education. Peggy was a cheerleader at BSU.
Before returning back home to her beloved Warroad, Peggy spent 2 years teaching physical education in Mora, MN and then was hired to teach and coach in International Falls. It was there that she coordinated the very first girls track and field program at Falls High School. The Bronco ladies brought home the 1972 State Championship title under her coaching. Peggy also served as the Falls High cheerleading advisor and she and Sam made many trips hauling the cheerleaders around the state to cheer on the Bronco athletic teams.
Peg was united in marriage to Paul "Sam" Johnson on August 9, 1969. They would have celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary this August. They spent their early married years together in International Falls. They moved to Warroad in 1974, where they have resided since.
The community of Warroad had always been important to Peggy, and she served it in countless ways. Peg was a member of JayCee Women, serving as State Vice President in 1979. Shortly after, she received the Key Woman Award for her dedication and work. Peggy was a Brownie Scout leader, Girl Scout leader, and Cub Scout leader. She served on the Warroad Care Center Board, volunteered for the Summer Theater, and was a member of the Warroad Alumni Association. Alongside her mother, Margaret Marvin, Peggy planned the Warroad Library and Heritage Center. After the floods of 2002, she was instrumental in organizing the Warroad Area Community Fund through Northwest Minnesota Foundation.
Zion Lutheran Church was very important to Peggy where she and Sam have been active members for 40 years. Her faith in the Lord and love for His people drove her active service toward ministering to others in all sorts of capacities. She served as Sunday school teacher, President of Women of Zion, and was an active member of the Deborah circle. She spent time serving refugee families by teaching them English and helping them learn and adapt to American culture. She was instrumental in establishing a Parish Wellness Program at Zion, and served in countless other ways.
Peg gave much of her life to education. She enjoyed several years of substitute teaching in the Warroad School district and also spent time as a golf coach and youth volleyball coach. She later served as a board member of the Bemidji State University Alumni Association. Peggy was a member of the Concordia College Board of Regents, where she worked on the Student Affairs Committee and the Presidential Search Committee. She also served as a board member of the Minnesota State Historical Society.
Peggy loved spending time with her kids and grandkids, making numerous trips to visit them in Zimmerman and Fargo. She adored her "Fab Five" and connected with each one of them in very meaningful ways. Peggy and Sam enjoyed traveling to wonderful places with special friends and family. Alongside Sam, she enjoyed fishing for walleye on Lake of the Woods, golfing in couple's league, and hosting friends and family in her home. She took pleasure in her daily walks with her dear friend Teresa, and delighted in spending quality time with her beloved sister Susan. Although Warroad was her favorite place on earth, her home on the island of Kauai became a very special winter retreat for her and Sam for the past 12 years. She treasured the island people, its beauty, and shared "Aloha" with all kinds of Minnesotans who came to visit.
Peg was preceded in death by her parents, William S. and Margaret Marvin, her mother-in-law, Helen Johnson and father-in-law, Paul Johnson.
She is survived by her husband Paul Samuel "Sam" Johnson of Warroad; Son, Jeffrey (Danyel) Johnson of Fargo ND and their children, Connor and Tate; daughter Paula (Ted) Heppner of Zimmermann MN and their children Cole, Cameron, and Paige; siblings: Frank (Margaret) Marvin, John "Jake" Marvin, George (Mary) Marvin, Susan (Keith Schwartzwald) Marvin, and Robert "Bob" (Loralee) Marvin, all of Warroad; Aunt Mimi Marvin of Mpls; brothers-in-law Duayne (Nancy) Johnson, Richard (Irene) Johnson, Daniel Johnson, and Robin (Carla) Johnson. She is also survived by several cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends.