Mary “Jane” (McNamara) Johnson

Mary “Jane” (McNamara) Johnson, 85, of Gilson, Illinois, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at her home.
She was born on March 7, 1925, in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of John Dale and Hazel Elizabeth McNamara.  She grew up in Greene Township, Mercer County.  She graduated from Aledo High School in 1942.  On January 19, 1946, she married Richard Elof Johnson, he survives. 
She is also survived by two sons, Richard Eric (Carline) Johnson, Maquon, Illinois, Norman Lee Johnson, of Williamsfield, Illinois; one daughter, Joyce (Kevin) Scholl, of Wyoming, Illinois; five grandsons; one granddaughter; and two great-grandsons. 
She was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Jan Johnson.
She was active at the local, state and federal levels concerning land and water preservation issues.  She was a founding member of several citizen organizations including Spoon River Watershed Project, Citizens for the Preservation of Knox County, Legal Aid Society, Prairie Woods Environmental Coalition, Citizens Organizing Project; as well as active involvement with Citizens Coal Council, Sierra Club, Rice Lake Conservation Assn., Galesburg Historical Society, League of Women Voters, Knox County Peace and Justice Coalition, Illinois Stewardship Alliance(Illinois South Project), F.A.R.M and C.A.L.M. and former Knox County Board Member. Her 30 year effort to protect prime farmland was instrumental in her receiving an Honorary Degree from Knox College in 2002.
She had been a member of the Dahinda United Methodist Church where she served many years as the MYF youth leader, she worked as a secretary for the Oak Run Property Assn.
Visitation was on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Watson Funeral Home, Galesburg.  Family graveside service was Wednesday at Aledo City Cemetery, Aledo.  Memorials may be made to the Williamsfield Ambulance Service, OSF Hospice, or to the family. 
Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted to Watson Funeral Home, Galesburg.  Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.watsonfh.net.

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