Mary Eleanor (Barrett) Johnson

MAYVILLE – Mary Eleanor (Barrett) Johnson (Her essence was love), 87, formerly of Dunkirk, Portage Hill in Mayville, and recently living with her daughter in Tonawanda, N.Y. Mary passed peacefully to her final rest surrounded by family on April 17, 2014, at her daughter’s winter home in Arizona.

She was born May 19, 1926, in Jamestown, N.Y., the daughter of the late Walter O. and Margaret A. McMullin Barrett.

She was employed by Town & Country, Dunkirk Free Library and SUNY Fredonia Day Care.

Mary was a woman of strong Christian faith and was active in the Ladies Guild at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Dunkirk. She was also a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Mayville. She was the editor of the newsletter for Portage Hill for a few years and also helped in the dining room serving Chautauqua County Meals on Wheels.

Mary’s family always came first, she enjoyed reading, and she had a love for all animals, but especially her dogs.

She is survived by her daughter, Margaret A. (John) Dawley of Tonawanda, N.Y.; her son, Paul “Mike” (Diane) Johnson of Peachtree City, Ga.; six grandchildren: Anne (Andrew) Cash of Indiana, Pa., Mary (Jeff) Yeager of Ridgeway, Pa., David (Bon-nie) Johnson of Hoschton, Ga., Shyle (Glenn) Waite of Jefferson, Ga., Tracy John-son of Annapolis, Md., and Glenn Johnson of Hawaii; 10 great-grandchildren: Rebecca, Sarah and Jessica Cash, Michael, Christopher and Elizabeth Johnson, McKenna, Morgan and Mason Waite, and Margaret (Meg) Yeager. Mary will also be missed by her special friend, Felix.

She was preceded in death by her husband, David H. Johnson, whom she married June 30, 1944, in Jamestown; a son, David S. Johnson; and a brother, Paul Barrett.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday (June 21, 2014), at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Dunkirk. The Rev. Helen Sam will officiate. Burial will be in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Fredonia.

No calling hours will be observed.

Memorials may be made to the Chautauqua County Humane Society.

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