Margaret Beverly Johnson

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1929 ˜ 2018

Margaret Beverly (O’Neal) Dusenberry Johnson, 89 of Vancouver, WA, went home to be with the Lord on Oct. 26, 2018 at Helping Hands Care in Battle Ground, WA. She was born in Phoenix, AZ on April 8, 1929 to Warren and Grace O’Neal. She loved growing up in Clarkdale, AZ. She would tell us stories of going camping at the Grand Canyon often with her Daddy and family. Whatever her brothers were doing, she would out do them! She loved the outdoors. Margaret also loved going to Slide Rock near Sedona where they would play all day. She was raised and educated in Arizona and played the violin and French horn in school.
Margaret and Wray Dusenberry married out of high school and had seven kids. She was a wonderful mother to every one of them. If one of them wanted to play an instrument she would make sure they got it. She loved music and had a beautiful voice.
Margaret worked at Dusie’s Café in North Bonneville before moving to Camas, WA with Wray and the family. She then worked for Crown Zellerbach in Camas.
Margaret and Wray enjoyed spending time on their boat with their friends from the Washougal Dolphin Yacht Club. When she and Wray were members of the Camas Moose Lodge, they were in a Polynesian dance troop. She loved dancing the hula and she was good at it. She was beautiful and outgoing in everything she did.
After Margaret lost her husband Wray to cancer, she met Paul Johnson and started a new journey. She traveled extensively around the US, Mexico and Canada with her husband Paul in their motorhomes for over 20 years. She wrote wonderful poetry and enjoyed puzzles and games of any kind.
Margaret loved to play Russian Rummy with her kids, and win of course! She figured if she let them win, they wouldn’t learn to be better. So she gave her all to beat them and they learned! She loved singing in beautiful harmony, sewing, knitting, crocheting, and needle point. She loved her family and would bless them with wonderful hand crafted sweaters and blankets. Margaret was also a great cook and had some delicious special recipes.
Her laughter, smile and love will be greatly missed. She had a great sense of humor and loved being the center of attention. That was easy because she was so fun to be around. Margaret was loving and appreciative for everything she had been blessed with, especially her seven children. Even though Dementia took some things from her, she always knew her loved ones.
Margaret is survived by her children: Connie Ethridge (Art) of Vancouver, WA, Linda Brown (Daunte) of Glendora, CA, Sandy Dusenberry of Grand Prairie, TX, Terry Dusenberry (Deb) of La Center, WA, Kimberly Sparkman (Phil) of Vista, CA, Kevin Dusenberry (Chanda) of Woodinville, WA and Penny Orchard of Scottsdale, AZ; her sister, Jeanette Crawforth of Monett, MO; her brother, Louis O’Neal of Marsing, ID; 23 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren, 9 great-great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and the Johnson family.
She was preceded in death by her first husband of 40 years, Wray G. Dusenberry of Camas, WA; her second husband of 29 years, Paul C. Johnson of Vancouver, WA; her grandson, Donald Rosencrans; her parents; and her brothers, Jim and George O’Neal.
Special thanks to Dina Kramarevskiy and her family with Helping Hands Care, they cared for her like family.
A memorial service will be held at Evergreen Memorial Gardens Chapel, 1101 NE 112th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98684 on Sat., Nov. 10th at 3:00 p.m.
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Published in The Columbian on Nov. 4, 2018
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