Margaret S. Johnson died peacefully on Oct. 17, 2015, at her home in Wilmington. She was 84.
She was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. She was married to the love of her life, Howard Alexander Johnson, for 64 years. Right after they married, they packed up their Chevy two-door Club Coupe and headed west. In their true adventurous spirit, they moved to California to make their life, which included four children, grandchildren and many wonderful dogs.
They lived in Long Beach, California and Huntington Beach, California for 39 years before retiring and moving to Hawaii for the next 20 years. Their son Keith built their dream home in Kona, Hawaii with a beautiful view of the Kona coast. She spent many wonderful daily ocean swim workouts with Howard, swimming over the gorgeous coral reefs and enjoying exotic marine life.
Margaret was a true adventurer and loved competitive swimming, scuba diving, sailing, skiing, hiking in Sequoia, going to the beach with the kids, ocean swimming, playing bridge and taking trips to Baja, Mexico in their Subaru to see the gray whales, which she got a chance to pet.
She was a key participant and organizer in the Humpback Whale Sighting Survey Project organized with the Hawaiian Sierra Club. She organized lectures and a whale sighting project with the local schools. The data they collected helped secure the establishment of a whale sanctuary in the islands. The schools were given an area and time frame to count the whales and then she collected all the data. She was passionate and fascinated with wildlife and passed that onto her children.
Margaret was an avid reader and great conversationalist with an exceptional intellect and interest in others. She was a member of the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Kona, Hawaii. She was very kind and spent a lot of time volunteering in hospitals or through church activities or just helping those less fortunate whenever an opportunity arose to do so. She had a spectacular sense of humor and extremely quick wit so she always kept things fun and lively. She served on the Board of Directors for the Beachwalk Homeowners Association.
In addition she was a successful business entrepreneur, opening her own very successful swim school in Huntington Beach, California. Maggie will be missed. Additional pictures comments and stories can be found on her memorial website.
In addition to her husband, Howard Johnson, she is survived by her four children and many wonderful grandchildren and great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in her name to the World Wide Life.
A special thanks to Donna Washington, Kim Mitchell, Lower Cape Fear Hospice people (especially Theresa, Brandi, Joe J. and Kim), New Hanover Regional Medical Center personnel, Azalea Health and Rehab Center personnel, Wilmington Health personnel, Olivia Gooden, Kim Rice, Britney Washington and Pat Noonan.
Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.
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