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Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home & Memorial Park

2551 North Armistead Ave, Hampton, VA

OBITUARY

Mary Jane Reynolds Johnson

March 18, 1948July 24, 2020
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I am not a wordsmith, but it is times like these that make me pause and wish I had been an English major. Because if anyone deserves an eloquent tribute, it is a mother. I am not going to completely toss convention and propriety out the window; I will get to those in a minute. No, first, I want to speak from the heart and give thanks to our mom.

Thank you for all your love and support. Thank you for the million small acts of love and kindness. Thank you for taking care of us when we were sick and for backing us when things got tough. Thank you for the care packages and home cooked meals. Thank you for teaching me how to write my new last name in your beautiful cursive penmanship. Thank you for the billions of laughs and your “angry squirrel” impression. Thank you for checking in to make sure we were okay. Thank you for always welcoming us home. Thank you for a million more things I may not note here, but are in our hearts. Thank you for always being there and loving us. Thank you for the memories, momma. We love you!

Mary Jane Reynolds Johnson entered into rest on July 24th at the age of 72.

Mary is preceded in death by her son, Bradley W. Johnson; her brother, Edwin E. Reynolds; her parents, Benjamin and Norma Reynolds of Hampton, VA.

Mary is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Thomas A. Johnson, Jr. They were married June 29th, 1968 in Elizabeth City, NC.

Mary is lovingly remembered by her children, Amie J. Holman of Chesapeake, VA, and Thomas A. Johnson, III of Charleston, SC, and their families.

Mary was born in Hampton, VA in 1948. She graduated from Kecoughtan High School in 1968 and nearly two years later started her family. She worked as an Executive Secretary at Old Dominion University for close to 25 years.

Mary loved her four grandchildren Kara, Kelly, Jackson, and Jane as well as her two great grandchildren Ava and Amelia. She also loved her little dog Charlie and watching old John Wayne movies.

The funeral service for remembrance will be held at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Avenue, Hampton, VA 23666 on August 8th. Visitation with the family will be at 10:00a.m. Service will be at 11:00a.m., but you may also join the family virtually with live streaming as an optional way to attend. To view the live service please visit https://www.facebook.com/ParklawnWood/ Due to COVID, a reception will not take place at this time.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 870 Greenbrier Circle, Suite 404, Chesapeake, VA 23320.

Condolences for the family may be offered online at www.parklawn-woodfh.com

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, August 8, 2020

  • Celebration of LIfe Service

    Saturday, August 8, 2020

Memories

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Sue Wheelet

August 8, 2020

I worked with Mary Jane at Drs. Garner and McAdams office...
She was a special person. Always smiling. Am so sorry for your loss! She, Linda Allamong. Vada Hayes and I shared lots of good times.

Wayne & Sue Booth

August 8, 2020

T.J. , Tommy, and Amy, We are so sorry for your loss. I worked with your father for around 30 years and knew your mother from that point. Mary Jane was a wonderful person to know. Always full of life and proud of you three. The football games at Goswell Park watching you four kids play and enjoy. She will be missed by all.

Barbara Lemons Friesz

August 5, 2020

Tommy and Family, In reading the loving tribute to Mary Jane, I suddenly had crystal clear memories of our times together in School, as friends, and at TNT Sorority Summer Cottage at Buckroe Beach. I can see Mary Jane's gorgeous smile - as she joined us on the porch in her Dark Navy Villager shorts and round collared white blouse with a circle pen on the collar - and of course, our Sorority Pen above her heart. We headed down to the Amusement Park -- to go dancing - so much dancing - where couples paid 10 cents to dance to such bands as: The Kingston Trio, The Doobie Brothers, and homegrown bands - of which my brother was a member of one. I recall riding the Ferris Wheel with Mary Jane - and as we were rising to the top and could clearly see out over the "night water" as it eclipsed the beach- with the slice of moon that evening, we both laughed about that day's sunburn we treasured, water skiing just off the beach, and with such a "carefree pause" - she turned and said to me a little more serious, "Barb - Guess we are two lucky Beach Girls." Her optimistic spirit, bouncing steps, and forever smile always lifted everyone around her. We graduated together, shared many laughs and tears together, and -- later, our husbands worked together - and I learned about her wonderful family, she was totally devoted to and - Yes -- she was always there for all of you, as she was always there for her co-workers, friends, and community. She will be so missed, and I know words really do not take the pain away, but please know - the stars are brighter in heaven with her presence! May all of you look out - over Buckroe Beach, the Beach she loved and spent so much time there in her youth, smile at her presence, and rejoice in her special loving life. Our deepest sympathy to you and yours, John, Barbara, Jim Friesz and Eric, Jennifer, and Mason Glover

Pat Thomas

August 4, 2020

Dear Tom & Family, Malcolm and I are so sorry to hear of Mary Jane's passing. I know she will be greatly missed. Wished we could have seen each other more often. We always enjoyed seeing y'all at the Thomas Reunion in West Virginia. We will be praying for you as you begin a new journey in your life without your wife, mother and grandmother. I know it will be hard but try to get comfort from all the good times and memories you had together.
God Bless You, Malcolm & Pat Thomas
Central, SC

William Roscopf

July 30, 2020

Tommy,
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Mary Jane. She will be missed by anyone who knew her. Everytime I think of you and Mary Jane, I think about the candles. If you need anything or any help, give me a call. We will keep you in our prayers.

All of the Roscopf Family

Penney Martin

July 27, 2020

Tommy: I am so sorry to hear about the death of your precious Mary Jane. I am thinking of you. Blessings, Penney

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