Mary Helen Johnson was born July 8, 1932, and died Jan. 17, 2018.

Mary was born to Harry Johnson and Helen Wegfors in Minneapolis and lived in the Twin Cities her entire life. She graduated from Minneapolis North High School in 1950. She pursued her passion for dogs by raising and showing cocker spaniels for almost 10 years. Mary was a preschool teacher and then a director of activities in a nursing home for several years before she let her entrepreneurial spirit take over. She bought, fixed, lived in and sold houses like the TV show “Fixer Upper” until she was in her 50s. She then moved into the Luther Seminary area and mentored students there until last summer.

Mary was preceded in death by her dad, mom and sister and is survived by many loving friends and family members.

A service of thanksgiving for her life was held Feb. 28 at Lyngblomsten Care Center, Como Park, where she lived the last six months of her life.

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