Edith "Marie" (Cox) Johnson

November 25, 1938 ~ September 23, 2020 (age 81)

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Edith "Marie" Marie Collins Johnson, 81, of Irrigon, Oregon was born on November 25, 1938 in La Boca, La Plata County, Colorado to parents, Elmer George Cox and Edith Marie Johnson. She was called to her celestial home on September 23, 2020 in Hermiston, Oregon. 

Marie, as most knew her, settled down and made her home in beautiful Union County, Oregon at the base of the Blue Mountains. Here, she would settle down and raise her four children until divorce forced her to relocate. 

In 1988, she married George Arnold Johnson and they made their home in Meacham, Oregon. Many years were spent on the mountain making cherished memories of sledding, building snowmen, riding snowmobiles, swimming in the creek and picking huckleberries for huckleberry pancakes with her grandchildren. 

She was an active member of the Salvation Army Church, The Eagles Lodge, The American Legion Ladies Aux. and The VFW Aux.

Upon the death of her husband, Mrs. Johnson relocated to Pendleton, Oregon and later to Irrigon, Oregon where she lived with family until she was called home.

Mrs. Johnson enjoyed teaching the young children that visited how to play Chinese checkers or a good game of Aggravation. She loved playing Solitaire, watching old western movies, reading books and gossiping to her many family members on the phone.

She is survived by her sons: Charles Elmer Collins of Alaska and Michael Wayne Collins of Pendleton, OR; Brothers: George Elmer Cox of Portland, OR; Norman Eugene Cox of Vancouver, WA; Henry "Hank" Wood Cox of Riddle, OR and Walter John Cox of Roseburg, OR. Sisters: Donna Leona Cox and Mina Earlene Cox-South both of Pendleton, OR;  And numerous beloved grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents; husband: George Arnold Johnson; Daughters: Marilyn Marie Collins-McBride and Evelyn Mildred Yaingelou; Sisters: Doris Elvia Cox, Mary Ellen Cox Moody, Ruth Evelyn Cox Barret and Sarah Lavelle Cox 

A Celebration of Life gathering with state social distancing guidelines being followed, will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. at Roy Raley Park, 1205 SW Court Ave., Pendleton, Oregon.

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Celebration of Life
October 17, 2020

11:00 AM
Roy Raley Park
1205 SW Court AveRoy Raley Park
Pendleton, OR 97801

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