Madge Carper Johnson, age 94, of Mena Arkansas, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 5, 2017 at St. John’s Home in Rochester, New York.
She was born on September 25, 1922 in Hatfield Arkansas to the late Alex & Dora Carper. Her family moved to Mena when Madge entered high school. She worked for her family at their store in town called Carper-Dover Mercantile. She met her future husband, Ralph E. Johnson, Jr. in high school. After a few years in college and right after Ralph enlisted in the United States Air Force they were married on June 12, 1943 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
After the war, they settled in Mena where they built their home on Magnolia Avenue and lived for over 50 years. She was an active member of the community where she was a Lioness, a member of the PEO Sisterhood, the Bill Spencer Sunday School Class, and the First United Methodist Church of Mena. Madge and her husband, Ralph owned and operated Ralph’s Buick Pontiac GMC Company on Highway 71 North in Mena for over 30 successful years. She lived her last remaining years in Rochester, New York. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, Gigi, sister, aunt and friend who will be missed greatly. Madge was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, sisters, Maxine Hall and Taddy Magbee, and her beloved daughter, Dianne Dawn Johnson Pegg.
Survivors include granddaughter, Emily Pegg Haines and husband Timothy of Pittsford, NY; son-in-law, William J. Pegg of Henrietta, NY; great-grandson, Jonathan J. Haines of Pittsford, NY; nephews, Howard Hall and wife Martha of Wylie, TX, Keith Wood of Bentonville, AR; niece, Lynn Ashley of Mena, AR; nephew, Ken Wood and wife Kathy of Prosper, TX; niece, Beth Strickland and husband John of Bentonville, AR; niece, Priscilla Hackney and husband Wes of Raleigh, NC; great-nephew, Wesley Hall and wife Suzanne of Russellville, AR; great-nephew, Brent Hall and wife Pam of Little Rock, AR; and many extended family and friends in NY, AR, OK, TX and NC.
There will be a Memorial Service in the Chapel at St. John’s, 150 Highland Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620 on Friday, February 10th at 2:00 PM with Reverend Chava Redonnet officiating. All family and friends are welcome.
Funeral Services will be at 10:00 AM on Friday, February 17th, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church of Mena Arkansas with Pastor Ann Ferris officiating. Interment will follow in the Pinecrest Memorial Park under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Timothy Haines, Jonathan Haines, Howard Hall, Brent Hall, Wesley Hall, Ken Wood and Keith Wood.