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Posted: Tuesday, August 23, 2011 1:55 pm

Marjorie Johnson died at St. Vincent's Hospital in Portland on Friday Aug. 19. She was 90 years of age, but never old.

Marjorie was born on Oct. 14, 1920, in Moore's Valley at her family's home outside of Yamhill, Ore. She was the last of seven children.

Her parents were Harvey and Stella Mae (Runyan) Chodrick who had moved to Oregon in 1904. She attended Moore's Valley Grade School and graduated from Yamhill Union High School in 1938. Marjorie met Robert (Bob) Johnson of Dayton while working at the Swift and Company turkey processing plant. They were married Nov. 20, 1941, at the home of her sister, Delpha Hudson. Bob and Marjorie had homes in Portland, Carlton and McMinnville where their daughters Linda and Bobbi were born. In 1959 they moved to Lincoln City returning to McMinnville in 1991.

Marjorie was a fisherman extraordinaire. Fishing and camping at Paulina or Diamond Lake was a yearly event for the family. She always caught the biggest and the most fish. Her two largest were a 44 pound salmon in the Siletz River and in 2008 at the age of 87, a 32 pound King in Alaska on the Kenai River. In addition to fishing she loved the Chodrick extended family. There were always fishing, clamming and family gatherings to keep her busy. Bob was a member of the Elks in Lincoln City and they enjoyed traveling with the TeePee Creepers or attending conventions. Marjorie was a member of the Rebekah's Lodge #74 in Yamhill for over 70 years. She was a Girl Scout leader in McMinnville and Lincoln City. Her home was used for Junior Achievement and other high school fundraisers. She loved flower and vegetable gardening and was always passing a "start" of a favorite flower or recipe.

Her husband died in 2001 and following that Marjorie shared time with her children in California, Oregon, Hawaii, Florida, Arizona or wherever the RV or cruise ship was headed. No matter where she was, she captured the hearts of family and friends, with her quick wit and dazzling smile. She was adopted as the "Universal Mom" many times over.

Survivors include her two daughters, Linda Parker of Peoria, Ariz., Bobbi Kirkpatrick of Cape Coral, Fla.; Tom Parker, her son-in-law and best buddy and Keith Kirkpatrick, her son-in-law, who always made her laugh; her sister-in-law, Mildred (Laughlin) Chodrick of McMinnville; one nephew, Richard Chodrick of Sheridan; seven nieces Dolores Rich of Hammond, Phyllis Riley of Carlton, Barbara Springer of Newberg, Sharon Howe of Amity, Donna Jamison and Camille Pruitt of McMinnville, and Christy Davis of Salem; her "grand" children who called her "Aunt Margie." 32 grand nieces/nephews, 53 great-grand nieces/nephews; and five second great-grand nieces/nephews. She loved them all.

A viewing will be held on Friday evening from 4 to 7 p.m. She will be buried privately in Evergreen Memorial Park in McMinnville. A Memorial Service for Marjorie L. Johnson will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday Aug. 27 at Macy & Son Chapel in McMinnville, Ore.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rebekah's Lodge #74 or a charity of your choice in care of Macy & Son Funeral Directors, 135 N.E. Evans St., McMinnville, OR 97128, who are handling the arrangements.

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