Mary "Margaret" Lemons, age 95, of Mt. Vernon passed away on February 10, 2020 at her residence at Cinnabar Adult Foster Home. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM on Monday, February 17, 2020 at the Mt. Vernon Community Hall. There will be a dinner at the Community Hall following the service. For any questions regarding the dinner, please contact Mary Ellen Brooks at 541-932-4540.
Margaret was born December 15, 1924 in Prairie City, Oregon to Percy and Mary Johnson. She lived on the family ranch up Indian Creek until graduating from high school. She then attended the University of Oregon for two years and belonged to the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. A family illness brought her home early.
Margaret worked as a telephone operator and at the Umatilla Army Depot. Later she worked for her Uncle Hobert and Aunt Zella Glover at the Mercantile in Mt. Vernon. There she met Dennis Lemons.
Dennis and Margaret were married March 30, 1949. Dennis brought a son Larry to the marriage, and together Margaret and Dennis had three more children, Susan, Sandra and Kim. They also raised a son Mike (Woody) Woodward. Stanley Dehiya and family were also a big part of their lives. Dennis and Margaret celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary just before Dennis passed away in 2001.
Margaret loved playing the piano and teaching piano lessons. She played piano for churches for over 60 years. She taught 4-H sewing and cooking for many years. But her main passion were her flowers and her beautiful yard. It was a masterpiece for sure.
Margaret is survived by her children Susan, Sandra, Kim (Carla) and Mike (Fonda); her older brother, Darrell Johnson; many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dennis; her parents; her brother, Bob; and sister, Charlotte.
Memorial contributions in memory of Margaret can be made to the Grant County 4-H Association, Blue Mountain Hospice, or the charity of one's choice through Driskill Memorial Chapel at 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.