Longtime resident Mary Johnson dies
Mary Louise Larson Johnson, 62, of Dillon, passed away as a result of pancreatic cancer early on the morning of Thursday, July 25.
She was born in Minneapolis on March 27, 1940, and was raised in the Minnesota countryside near the town of Chaska. Soon after graduating from Carleton College in 1962 with a degree in mathematics, she moved to Golden to teach high school math. In 1970, she and her husband began a life in Keystone, hand-building a home in which to raise their two sons.
In the 1970s, Mary taught mathematics at Summit High School and worked as a bookkeeper for Pug Ryan’s restaurant. From 1979 to the present she owned and operated two ski shops, Salmon Peak Sports and Mountain View Sports.
Mary was intimately involved with Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church since its inception in 1975 and was an active Buddhist follower at the Summit Dharma Center since its inception two years ago. In 1999, she returned to school to receive a degree in spiritual direction from Regis University, and for the past few years directed the bereavement counseling program for Bristlecone Hospice.
Mary touched and changed the lives of many by the dedication and care she generously spread to her family, friends and community. She was not one to let fear keep her from living life to its fullest. Her adventurous life and spiritual curiosity took her to Tibet, Nepal, India, Africa and through the rapids of the Grand Canyon.
She is survived by her loving husband Robert, caring sons Scott and Ryan, her brother Lorence Larson and her sister Sandra Kopp.
A Memorial Service will be held in her honor at 11 a.m. Monday, July 29 at Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church in Dillon.
Memorial contributions may be made to Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church (PO Box 1059, Dillon, CO 80435) for a memorial processional cross in her honor, or to Summit Dharma Center (PO Box 6333, Breckenridge, CO 80424).
Services are under the direction of Rocky Mountain Funeral Home of Breckenridge.
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