MARY WILLHITE

Mary Jane Johnson Willhite, 62, daughter of Lance and Irene Sellers Johnson, was born March 3, 1946, at Red Oak, Iowa. She died June 22, 2008, at her home at Yukon.

She grew up in Montgomery County, Iowa, and attended school in Villisca, graduating in 1963. She soon moved to Kansas City with a high school friend and worked at Kay Electronics Inc., where she met her husband.

She married Roger Willhite July 1, 1966. They moved in 1969 to the Willhite family farm at Yukon and had two sons.

Mrs. Willhite was a part-time bookkeeper for Earl Farris Sales for more than 27 years. She kept house part-time for several people over the years.

She was a member of the First Christian Church in Houston and was one of the first members of the Willing Workers group, participating for 38 years. She was a member of the Afternoon Women’s Missionary group and worked in the church nursery and during Vacation Bible School. She made and donated the decorations for the annual teachers’ dinner, attended Sunday School regularly and was on several church committees throughout the years.

Mrs. Willhite enjoyed gardening, quilting, embroidery, stamp and coin collecting, jigsaw puzzles, scrap booking, photography, traveling, visiting family, crafts, playing card games and being with her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Surviving are her husband of the home at Yukon; two sons, Rob of Yukon and Dale of Savannah, Ga.; two sisters, Dorothy Hilzendeger of Red Oak, Iowa, and Juanita Chaney of Glenwood, Iowa; one brother, Dale Johnson of Stanton, Iowa; stepmother, Lois Woods Johnson of Red Oak, Iowa; four grandchildren and eight stepbrothers and stepsisters.

Services are 10 o’clock Saturday at the First Christian Church in Houston with Paul Hamm officiating. The body will be cremated under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Visitation is 6 to 8 o’clock Friday evening at the Evans chapel.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Care or the American Cancer Society.

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