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Marlys Jean Johnson

     Marlys Jean Plahn, age 83, passed away on May 19, 2021 at Region’s Hospital, St. Paul, Minnesota. Marlys was born January 19, 1938 at the Harvey and Ellen Titel home in Clayton, WI. She was the daughter of Harold (Bud) and Mildred Plahn. Marlys never knew her father, as he passed away three weeks before her birth at the age of 26 from pneumonia. She was baptized, raised and confirmed at Moe Lutheran Church. She graduated from Clayton High School in 1956, and was a proud member of the high school band, loving her trumpet. After graduation, she worked for Dr. Don Nelson at the Amery Dental Office for the next eleven years before starting a family.
     She was united in marriage to Alan Johnson on October 2, 1965 at Moe Lutheran Church, rural Clayton. They made their home in rural Amery, and were lifelong members of Apple River Evangelical Free Church. She took on the role of farm wife, enjoying helping with field work, such as plowing, discing and bailing hay. She wore her farmer’s tan proudly! In 1987, she started packing Al’s lunch box for ninteen and a half years! She was active in Homemaker’s Club, an active member with the church, and the MN Christian Campers. She was a “charter” member of the Hardee’s Coffee Club. Over the years she had made many lifelong friends revolving around their church, community, and camping. She shared in her husband’s passion for collecting antique tractors. From her recliner, she cheered on the Twins, Badgers, Packers and the Milwaukee Bucks! Long standing family traditions were of utmost importance to her. Sharing specific traditional meals with family such as the infamous Olson Christmas Eve supper and the annual Good Friday meal including Al’s famous dyed Easter eggs.
     Marlys is survived by her loving husband and best friend of fifty-five plus years, Alan Johnson; daughter Lori (Jeff) Becker and children Erin (Mitch) Fenske, Alex and Austin Becker; and son Dale (Donnella) Johnson, and children Devan, Dylan and Drew Johnson. She is also survived by great-grandchildren, Jaxon and Braxton Fenske.
     Funeral services for Marlys took place at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 24, 2021 at the Apple River Community Church. A visitation was held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 23, 2021 at the Williamson-White Funeral Home in Amery, as well as the hour prior to the service at the church. Burial took place at the Amery Cemetery.
     To sign an online guest book and view a video tribute visit Arrangements were made with the Williamson-White Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Amery.

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