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Mary Louise (Ward) Johnson

Mary Louise (Ward) Johnson
  • November 30, 1921 - January 16, 2017
  • Needham, Massachusetts

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Mary Louise (Ward) Johnson, 95, of Needham passed away on January 16, 2017, at home surrounded by her family. Mary Louise was born in Augusta, Georgia on November 30, 1921. She moved to Quincy, Massachusetts after her marriage to Philip Johnson in 1946 and to Needham in 1949. Together they raised four children. She was a Cub Scout Den Mother and was active in Girl Scouts and Friends of the Library. A member of Grace Lutheran Church, she sang in the choir and taught Sunday School, becoming the Assistant Sunday School Superintendent. She kept the Cradle Roll that welcomed all new babies into the congregation. She also volunteered in the Traveling Meals Program. She and her husband Phil owned and managed Brigham's Ice Cream Shop first in Newton Highlands and later in Wellesley Hills until his death in 1995. She was a kind and generous person who always helped and never judged. Her door was always open to friends and family and sometimes strangers who needed a place to stay. She is survived by her daughters Anne Thompson of Cleveland, Ohio, Margaret Aldrich of Rochester, New Hampshire, Judy Johnson of Needham, and her son Robert, also of Needham. She also leaves three grandchildren and two great-granddaughters. The family wishes to express its deep gratitude to the women who cared for Mary Louise over the last six months of her life, which allowed her to remain in her home until her death. Their kindness and support are deeply appreciated. A private family ceremony was held to celebrate her life. A memorial service will be held at a future date. Anyone who would like to honor Mary Louise may make a contribution to their favorite charity in her name. T