In Memory of Maryan M. Johnson

Maryan M. Johnson
Maryan M. Johnson
Born: September 20, 1929
Died: September 17, 2016
Age: 86
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Maryan M. Johnson
September 20, 1929 - September 17, 2016
From: Ida Grove, IA

Maryan M. Johnson, age 86, of Ida Grove, Iowa passed away on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at the UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital, of Sioux City, Iowa.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, September 26, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Pastor Chad Lierman will officiate, with committal services following at the Ida Grove Cemetery, of Ida Grove, Iowa. A Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday, September 25, 2016, at the Christensen – Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online to

Born September 20, 1929, in Sioux City, Iowa, Maryan M. Johnson was the daughter of Walter F. and Anna Belle (Bartle) Perry. She was baptized into the Methodist faith on April 20, 1930.

Growing up in the Ida County area, Maryan attended Corwin Township #4 country school until the 8th grade. She was confirmed in her faith on April 28, 1941. Graduating from Ida Grove High School with the class of 1946, she had normal training so that she would be able to teach country school. Teaching rural country school for three years, Maryan met her future husband at the first school she taught in when he had car trouble on the road and came to the school for assistance.

On January 25, 1948, Maryan was united into marriage to Delbert R. Johnson at her parents’ home in Ida Grove, which is where the couple made their home since 1965. Two children, Robin Diana and Perry Russell, were born to this union.

Active in her church family, Maryan enjoyed teaching Sunday school. An accomplished sewer, she made paraments for the church in memory of her loving parents, which she dutifully changed for forty years.  With her talent in sewing, Maryan did custom sewing for 15 years. In 1981 Maryan became certified as a nurse’s assistant and worked at Morningside Rehab and Care Center for 28 years. It will be fondly remembered that she loved the outdoors and spent many nights on her porch swing. Keeping busy she made many afghans & quilts for her grandchildren as well as bags for her church and still found time to crochet many gifts.

She enjoyed a good crossword puzzle, attending her grandchildren’s events, but most of all Maryan treasured the time she spent with her family.

Left to cherish her memory are her loving children, Robin and Tom Grell of Ida Grove, and Perry and Donette Johnson of Piedmont, OK; seven grandchildren, Evan (Kaylee) and Nathan Grell, and Cody, Garrett, Shay, Brian, and Allie Johnson; sister-in-law, Lucille Johnson of Deloit, Iowa; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends.

Maryan was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Anna Belle Perry; devoted husband, Delbert Johnson; brothers-in-law Walter and Alvin Johnson; and sister-in-law, Irene Johnson.


10:30 am, Monday,
September 26, 2016

First United Methodist Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Pastor Chad Lierman


Herb Turin
Dennis Knop
Doug Hopkins
Evan Grell
Nathan Grell
Cody  Johnson
Garrett Johnson

Honorary Pallbearers
John & Janet Brinkman
Bruce & Polly Raasch
Gene & Collen Knop
Deb & Randy Anderson
Lois Wendel
Tom Jepsen
Clarence Etler
Beryl & Ramona Schubert
Steve & Deb Loger
Don & Alice Etler
Jim & Rose Weary
Vance Schubert
Bonnie Schubert Roark


3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, Septeber 25, 2016

Christensen - Van Houten
Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


"Are Ye Able"
"In The Garden"

Carol Raasch, Pianist
Garrett Johnson, Vocalist
Vocal Selections- "How Great Thou Art"


Ida Grove Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa


Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 4:09 PM
“Robin- I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She was a sweet lady, and left an impression on me. I remember your birthday party when we were very young and she helped us each make a plate with a little girl and our names on them. I loved that, and still have it.
Please know you are in my prayers during this difficult time.
- Diane (Bigelow) Triggs
Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 8:54 PM
“Robin & Perry. WE send our prayers to you and your families. Your Mom was a very special Lady, We loved her and your Dad very much. We always wondered about some flowers that were always on Steve's Grave. Your Mom told us that she had been putting them there. This year and as long as we are able we will do this for your Mom & Dad. God Bless, all of you.”
- Jane & Ray Isom
Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 8:54 PM
“Perry and family:

My deepest sympathy to you and your family at this trying time. I visited with your Mom a long while ago, while I was home one summer - had a nice visit. She was a nice lady. Keeping your family in our prayers. Take care. Kelly Kurth Keiter and family”
- Kelly Kurth Keiter
Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 8:54 PM
“I am Harold Rigel's daughter. I have many special memories of your visits to Indiana when you brought uncle Robert We have been blessed to know your family we send our love and comfort at this time .”
- Penny Watts
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 9:13 AM
“I always enjoyed working with your mom and our visits when we would run into each other around town. She would always greet me with Ba Hum Bug, because I loved Christmas. Rest in peace my dear lady. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers”
- Chris Wunschel
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 8:50 PM
“Robin, Perry and families, The many memories we have - square dancing, New Year's Eve parties, horses and all the trail rides. Your Mom and Dad were special people. Just this summer Maryan made a name doily for us-now our kids each have one.
Thoughts, prayers and hugs! GOD BLESS you with peace and comfort in many wonderful memories.
Bruce and Polly”
- Bruce and do Polly Raasch
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 8:49 PM
“Sorry to read of the loss of your mother.I was one of the lucky ones to have her as a school teacher in rural Blaine township.She was great as a teacher,friend,and a nurse for my father as a resident of Morningside Care Center.Our prayers are with you.”
- Wes Wunschel
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 8:49 PM
“My sympathy to all the family. Have known Maryan a long time and always loved visiting with her. She was always busy and knew how to enjoy life no matter what was going on. She will be missed by many. Arlene Wonder”
- Arlene Wonder
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 12:56 PM
“We grew ups all our lives to this wonderful person and her mom and dad,Walter and Anna plus your great mom.what a wonderful person,talked to her awhile back and it was wonderful reminiscing. She was a wonderful person and we all have great memories we will never forget.god bless and I will never forget !god bless,
- Pearlwilcox schultz
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 12:56 PM
“Such a wonderful person,knew her since I was a child and her parents,a wonderful family,of course Delbert too.just talked to her a while back and had a nice chat.we lived across the street from the perry s all the time we grew we were family as Anna said.grear memories and love with them all. Loved them all dearly.maryan always had something good to say to all.god bless ”
- Pearl schultz
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 12:56 PM
“I used to work with Maryan. She Will be greatly missed.”
- Cindy Christiansen
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 8:43 AM
“Sorry for the loss of one special lady. I loved working with her at the nursing home when I was in high school. She was such a hoot! I loved visiting with her in passing over the years! She definitely will be missed. ”
- Michelle Porter
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 8:43 AM
“My dear friend,going to miss you so much! I'm so glad you stopped by and we had a wonderful visit,until we meet again, Honey,lol will never forget you!”
- Janet Brinkman
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 8:43 AM
“I grew up just two houses away from Delbert and Maryan; my fondest childhood memories include sitting on their front porch with the cats and feeding/riding their horses. I reconnected with Maryan a couple years ago and most recently, I kept a "watchful eye" over her as a mail carrier. Maryan is a wonderfully selfless woman, putting others' needs before her own. My thoughts are with her family during this time of loss. ”
- Allyson Schable
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 8:43 AM
“I used to work with Maryan. She had the best sense of humor. I will miss her. She was definitely one of a kind.”
- Valarie Wonder
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 8:43 AM
“So sorry for the loss of your mother, mother in law, and grandma!! Maryan was a wonderful person. She will be greatly missed. May God give you peace in this time of need. ”
- Doug and Patty Wheeler
Monday, September 19, 2016 at 8:31 PM
“I am Ben and Florence Rigel's Grandson. My prayers are with you during this time. Delbert and Maryan were very special; people and will always hold a special place in my heart. May you be blessed with the peace of God.

Don Watts”
- Don Watts
Monday, September 19, 2016 at 12:29 PM
“So sorry for your loss. Maryan would stop and talk to me anytime we would happen to meet.
- Ruth Oxendale
Monday, September 19, 2016 at 12:29 PM
“We will keep you and your family in our prayers.”
- Vickie Linman
Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 8:49 PM
“So sorry for your loss, she was a unique lady”
- Marilyn Dose
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