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Marilyn Johnson '78 June 9, 2022 10:23 AM updated: June 9, 2022 10:44 AM

Marilyn Taliaferro Johnson
May 24, 1956 - June 7, 2022

Ms. Marilyn Johnson, 66, of Henderson, passed from this life on June 7, 2022, at UT Health East Texas in Tyler. She was born May 24, 1956, in Henderson and with the exception of a few short stints in Houston and Carrollton, she lived most of her life in Henderson. Marilyn graduated from Henderson High School in 1974 and went on to graduate from Texas A&M University in 1978 with a degree in Education. She later received her Master's degree in Counseling from Stephen F. Austin State University. Ms. Johnson dedicated her career to public education and taught P.E., Biology, Health, and coached tennis before serving as a counselor for Henderson ISD and Tomball ISD from which she retired.

Marilyn had an adventurous spirit and loved anything to do with physical activity whether it was riding a bicycle, riding 4-wheelers, playing tennis and racquetball, or water skiing. She enjoyed any sport that had a ball involved and was a huge fan of the Texas Aggies. She also enjoyed gardening and tending to her plants and flowers as well as traveling extensively. Later on in life she acquired a love for the arts, especially music and Broadway shows.

Ms. Johnson had attended Southside Baptist Church. She was involved in any church where she was a member and had previously taught Sunday School. Perhaps above all, Marilyn was an excellent mother and caretaker for her daughter, Meredith.

She was preceded in death by her mother Dorothy Jo Wright Taliaferro, father Billy Pat Taliaferro, and all of her grandparents.

Survivors include her children, Clay Johnson of Dallas, Meredith Johnson of Henderson, and Craig Johnson of Atlanta, Georgia; sisters, Cecile Loudat and husband Joe of Bryan, and Beth King and husband Brad of Argyle; friend and the wife of her father, Patricia Taliaferro of Bryan; nieces and nephew, Laurin, Ashley, Carey, Emily, and Logan; as well as a host of great-nieces and nephews, cousins, other family and many friends.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, June 10, 2022, at Crawford-A. Crim Funeral Home. A private family graveside service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Special Olympics, ATTN: Web Gifts, 1133 19th Street NW, 12th Floor, Washington, DC 20036-3604.

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