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Mary Louise Johnson, 96, daughter of Royce and Neva Adamson, was born in Edmond, Okla., October 12, 1919, a fourth generation Edmondite. She died October 19, 2015. Mary attended the University of Oklahoma, receiving her degree in Business Administration in 1940, where she was a member of the Chi Omega Sorority. After graduation, she worked in public relations for Braniff Airway, working in Chicago, Kansas City and San Antonio, where she became traffic manager. It was in San Antonio where she met her husband, Austin Johnson, a squadron commander in the Air Force at Randolph Field. They were married in 1943, and after his return from duty overseas, they lived in Long Beach and later at Langley Field in Virginia. They made their home in Edmond with their three daughters, Kristin, Cindy and Robin, where they purchased and operated the Ben Franklin Store. She opened a portion of the store and conducted a hobby shop making copper pictures and arts and crafts projects. It was through a friendship with Jean Abney that she went to work for the Mummers Theatre in Oklahoma City. She worked there for several years while they were in the process of making the transition from the old warehouse to the new multimillion dollar complex called Stage Center. She was well known as a contract bridge enthusiast and originated and directed the Edmond Duplicate Club which has thrived over the years, and she has long been a member of the American Contract Bridge League. After leaving the Mummers Theatre, she found new activities, joining the Edmond Women’s Golf Association, the Edmond Art Association and volunteer work with the Exceptional Center for Children, Mobile Meals and always helping where she could with her Methodist Church. She was an ardent traveler and after the death of her husband, she loved cruising with her sister and other friends. They went wherever ships went and if they liked that place, they went again. She was preceded in death by her husband (Johnny) Austin Johnson, and their daughter, Kristin Edmondson. Her survivors are daughters, Cindy Gregory and Robin Cauthron (husband Henry “Hank” Meyer III,) grandchildren, Paige (Toby), Matthew (Katy), Chelsea (Alaina), Dylan, Erin (Trey), Jay (Jill), Megan, and Adam (Basima), and great-grandchildren Stephen, Kristin and Caroline. Services to be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, make a contribution to your favorite charity or First Methodist Church of Edmond.
Published on  October 19, 2015
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