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Celebration of Life

Beatty Funeral Home Washington
Friday September 9th, 2022

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Beatty Funeral Home Washington
Friday September 9th, 2022
1:00pm - 2:00pm

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Mary Ellen Johnson

Mary Ellen (Reed) La Coursiere Johnson, 64, of Washington, died at her home Wednesday, August 24, 2022. A memorial celebration of her life will be held Friday, September 9, 2022, at 2:00 PM at the Beatty Funeral Home in Washington. The family will greet friends an hour before the service. Following the service, her cremains will be inurned at Elm Grove Cemetery in Washington. A memorial fund has been established for the Lupus Foundation of America.

Mary Ellen was born December 30, 1957, and adopted by Eugene and Marcella (Haupert) Reed. She was united in marriage to Marty Johnson on October 28, 2016. She worked at the University of Iowa Hospital in Medical Insurance Billing. Mary Ellen enjoyed playing the piano, needlepoint, playing cards, dancing, gardening, and cooking. She never knew a stranger and her faith was very important to her. Mary Ellen was a member of the Medical Business Association and the Lupus Foundation of America.

Survivors include her husband Marty Johnson of Washington, IA, her mother Marcella Reed of Washington, IA, two children: Siri Joy (Earl) Nestingen Milton of Minneapolis, MN, Jens (Rebecca) Reed Nestingen of Woodbury, MN, three bonus children: David (Jamie) Johnson of Camby, IN, Ryan Johnson of Washington, IA, Jessica (Robert) Kimbal of Cincinnati, OH, eight grandchildren: Julian Eugene Milton, Langston Edric Milton, Ivan James Nestingen, Claire Ellen Nestingen, Katelynn Marie Johnson, Tristan, Summer, and Noah Johnson, Addison and Ayden Kimbal, great-granddaughter Malahia Johnson, and three siblings: Phil (Rhonda) Reed of Washington, IA, Joe Reed of Carter Lake, IA, and Ann Reed of Washington.

Mary Ellen was preceded in death by her father Eugene Reed.



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Marty and family, I am sooo sorry to hear of your wife passing away!! You and yr family will be in our prayers!!!

Clarice Graham Sep 3 2022 9:53 PM

My sympathy goes to all of Mary's family. I grew up with Mary, as her family's farm was near where I lived east of Washington. I remember going to Harmony Club meetings with my Mom and playing with Mary when we were about 5-6 years old. I have lots of memories of her in Junior high and High School - what a wonderful singing voice she had! Rest in peace Mary, and I your know you are singing with the angels now.

Lynda Bordwell Aug 31 2022 4:46 PM

My sympathies go out to Marcella, Marty, Siri, Jens and all other family members of Mary Ellen. I fondly remember her warm smile and strong faith. May eternal rest grant unto her oh Lord.

Meghan (Reed) Hamilton Aug 31 2022 9:29 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Mary Johnson

ruth (Earnest) heck Aug 30 2022 12:06 PM

Mary Ellen and I grew up just a few miles apart, we rode the school bus growing up! She was a charm to have on the bus, what a beautiful voice she had. Sending healing prayers through this difficult time for Mary Ellen's family!

Ada Sue Crossett Sands Aug 26 2022 9:45 AM

Sending our sincerest condolences to you, Marty, & all of Mary's family. Take care!

Robin & Ron Shull Aug 26 2022 8:42 AM

My deepest condolences to Mary Ellen's family. Mary Ellen was a classmate of mine. She always made me laugh until my side hurt and there was a light in her that could draw me in. She also had a kind spirit and will be missed.

Kathy Aug 25 2022 4:28 PM