OBITUARY

Marcia Johnson

November 21, 1939April 25, 2021
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Marcia Johnson, age 81, of Muncie, Indiana, passed away peacefully on April 25, 2021, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Marcia was a modest person, and if you had asked her to describe herself, she would have focused on the basic facts. She would have said that she was from Xenia, Ohio, the youngest daughter of Dr. Robert and Doris Morton, that she earned a Master’s in Education and one in Natural Resources, and that she was an educator for twenty-nine years in Muncie’s public schools, including seventeen years at Garfield Elementary. After retirement, she continued contributing to her community, volunteering in various capacities at the Minnetrista Cultural Center and Friends Memorial Church. Already a Master Gardener, she also gave her time to many environmental organizations.

Her beloved family would take pride of place in her list. Marcia was married to her husband Chuck (aka Charlie) for sixty years, until his passing two years ago. She is survived by her children, David Johnson and Stacy Johnson, (husband Joe Tipton); her grandson, David Charles Johnson; and his three sons, Parker, Eli and Charlie.

The trouble with what people say about themselves is that they rarely realize how others view them, or the scope of their effect on other people’s lives. Marcia was a beautiful soul, whose warmth and generosity radiated to her family, friends, and community. Her example and her counsel touched many lives that were the better for it.

Marcia shared love, kindness and encouragement freely with all the people in her life. She gave her all for students, teaching the value and beauty of each individual and their connection among all living things. Her deep sense of community contributed mightily to the world around her.

A sharpshooter and a ping-pong hustler (she was a nationally ranked table tennis player in the senior women’s category), Marcia had a quiet generosity and humor that drew people to her. Her wanderlust and adventurous spirit -- belied by her quiet demeanor -- were a delight to all who knew her. Marcia's life continues because she gave so much of herself to so many. If ever angels walked the earth, Marcia is one.

Details of a celebration of life service for Marcia at a future date will be published at a later time. In the meantime, Marcia’s family invites you to share about Marcia on her tribute website page at www.elmridgefuneralhome.com.

Memorial contributions may be made to: www.curehunger Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana, 6621 North Old State Road 3, Muncie, Indiana 47303 or to Friends Memorial Church, 418 West Adams Street, Muncie, Indiana 47305.

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gail Grimmett

April 30, 2021

Such a beautiful tribute video. While I did not know Marcia, I have loved hearing her stories and adventures on my walks with Stacy. No doubt she will be missed and loved by so many. I look forward to hearing many more of stories of Marcia, her love for her family and her many many adventures. My sympathies and prayers are with all of you. Warmly, Gail Grimmett

Joyce Grasso

April 29, 2021

Thinking of your families and hoping fine memories will bring you comfort.
When we moved here in 1969 Marcia and Chuck were some of the first people we met. She offered to help find new bushes for our new home. We were off and running and she was a great help.
Through Welcome Wagon we joined both couple's and women's bridge clubs and even today, sadly, the smaller group still meets for food only.
Whatever Marcia did - gardening or table tennis - she gave it 100%.
She is missed by many.

Betty Brewer

April 29, 2021

I loved working with Marcia when she served on the Minnetrista Board of Trustees. She was always smiling and just a delight. Marcia also volunteered with our education staff conducting tours -- especially for school groups. She had done that for some years before I arrived in 2005. She once told me she was quite glad when the "green blazers" were retired for the volunteers. :)

She has been missed and my condolences go out to her family.
Betty Brewer
President & CEO, Minnetrista

Minnie Pittman

April 29, 2021

She was my fourth grade teacher at Garfield Elementary school . She always encouraged me and made me feel confident in my school work . She is the one who made me love science and I still do to this day !!! I will never forget her EVER ❤️ She was and always will be my favorite teacher ! Fly high Mrs.Johnson

Kelly Hill

April 28, 2021

Mrs. Johnson was my daughter's 4th grade teacher at Garfield Elementary. She was also mine and my daughters favorite teacher throughout her school years. I volunteered at the school and was fortunate enough to work with her. She was a kind funny sweet lady who cared very much for all of her students. I truly believe the world was a better place with her in it. I know she will be missed terribly but I also know God gained one heck of an Angel.

Betty and Marv Gridley

April 27, 2021

Our thoughts are with Marcia’s family at this time. I took a walk through my garden this morning and there were so many nice pieces of Marcia there. A stepping stone she painted for me. A potting stool she gave me. Many native species plants she shared with me. Plants from Master Gardener trips we took together. I am still learning botanical as well as common names for plants, thanks to Marcia. Our long-lived bridge group along with years of social events and our famous yearly picnics where we had the exact same menu for years. Our weekly lunches with so much laughing. Marcia was a true “Friend” in many ways. I am sure Marcia has figured out a way to move her garden plants around even now. Rest In Peace, my Friend.

Erin Giacoma

April 26, 2021

my birthday party at grandma's
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Marcia's love of kitties started early

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A very involved teacher

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First Alaska trip

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Ball State Grad - 1971

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Another adventure with Chuck

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Kayaking in Antarctica

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In Antarctica - preparing for the COLD ocean spray

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Birding in New Mexico

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Loving the critters while in Australia