Metta May Johnson

May 21, 1929April 23, 2021

Metta May (Schweitzberger) Johnson, age 91, Spokane Valley, Washington, a 1947 graduate of Decatur Community High School, died April 23, 2021. She was born May 21, 1929, in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of Darl and Amy (Uehlin) Schweitzberger of Oberlin.

Metta was employed as a school secretary for 30 years. She was employed at the Decatur Community High School Oberlin, Kansas, for two years and 28 years at the Lenora Schools, Lenora, Kansas.

She married Myron G. Johnson of Kanona on April 17, 1949. They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in April 2014. After farming for the first few years of their marriage on the farm near Kanona, the couple moved to Lenora in 1957 to be closer to Myron’s employment with the Rural Telephone Company.

Metta was active in the Lenora community, serving as a Cub Scout Den Mother for several years. She was very involved in the United Parish Church, teaching Sunday school classes, choir director and when needed substitute pianist. Metta was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She served as a District Aide, Grand Marshal of the Grand Chapter of Kansas and as a page at General Grand Chapter 1988.

After retiring, the couple traveled through the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe and the South Pacific. They lived in Apache Junction, Arizona, Sandpoint Idaho before moving to Spokane Valley in 2004.

Metta is survived by daughter, Johanna of Spokane; son Jim (Carrie) of Helena, Montana; grandson, Eric (Anastassyia), great grandson Roman of Seattle; granddaughter Sara (Jemal) Krokos; great grandsons; Louis, Herbie and Edwin of Anchorage, Alaska, one step-grandson and one step-granddaughter and four step-great grandchildren and close family friend Rod Wallgren of Hays.

A memorial will be held in Oberlin at a later time. Memorials are suggested to the United Parish of Lenora in care of Paul’s Funeral Home,121 N, Penn, Oberlin, KS 67749.


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Frank Mindrup

April 29, 2021

Maureen and I knew Metta for the great woman she was. Constantly helping others, her soft kind words of encouragement added life to the Lenora Community. Metta was friendly and very interested in each and every person she met. What an awesome woman. Please accept our sympathy and prayers.
Frank and Maureen Mindrup