Mary L. JohnsonMary L. Johnson, 57, of Gwinner, ND, died in her home January 16, 2013, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley and surrounded by family. She was diagnosed with cancer on October 12, 2004, and survived for 8 years, 3 months, and 4 days. Dr. Steen called her "The Energizer Bunny".
Mary LuAnn, the third of five children born to Orlie and Hope (Warner) Johnson was born on March 15, 1955 in Breckenridge, Minnesota. She graduated from Milnor High School in 1973, and then attended NDSU. On June 18, 1979, Mary became employed with the Bobcat Company, Gwinner, North Dakota, and worked there until retiring April 1, 2010. In October of 1979, Mary moved to Gwinner making it her home, and in 2001 she bought her house. Mary adopted her beloved cat, Guzie, on Mother's Day in 2001. Mary was very involved in her church, softball, and volleyball. She faithfully followed the Minnesota Twins, and enjoyed going to many Twins baseball games with her family. She also enjoyed following the Vikings, the Timberwolves, and the University of North Carolina.