Mary E. Johnson, age 97, of Cherokee and formerly of Aurelia, passed away Friday, Nov. 20, 2009 at Cherokee Villa Nursing and Rehab Center, in Cherokee.
Mary was born on Aug. 3, 1912 in Cherokee to William and Ella (Mongan) Dreyer. Mary grew up in the Cherokee and Aurelia area, graduating from Aurelia High School, and worked at Kruse's Mercantile Store while living in Aurelia.
Mary married LeRoy Johnson February 21, 1940 in Storm Lake, and the couple farmed in the Cherokee area until LeRoy's retirement. During their marriage, Mary worked at Woolworth's Dime Store, and was known as one of the original 'Woolworth girls.' After Woolworth's closed, she went to work for Ben Franklin's until it closed.
After retiring, Mary started making crafts. She enjoyed making stuffed animals for many years., and also made a lot of embroidered dishtowels. Mary's interests also included flower gardening and playing cards. Mary had no children, but enjoyed all of her nieces and nephews, who loved her deeply.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, LeRoy; one brother, Frank Dreyer of Cherokee; five sisters - Ruth Dreyer, Esther Mahler, Lucille Jones, Pauline Duvall Stief, and Clara Otto, all of Cherokee; and is survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.