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Margie Mebelene Johnson

Margie-Johnson-1Margie Mebelene Johnson, 86, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, February 12, 2015. She was surrounded by her loving family and met in Heaven by her husband, O.T. “Bud” Johnson.

Margie, known as Meb by those who knew her, was born in Smithville, Oklahoma to Walter and Oley (Toon) Phillips on December 5, 1928. Affectionately called “Sister,” she had three brothers who adored her: Boyd, Floyd, and Bobby.

After high school, Meb attended college in Witherford for a degree in science. She met her husband at Smithville church when he told her, “If you scoot over, I’ll come and sit by you.” Thus began their love story. Meb and Bud were married in 1949 in Benton Harbor, Michigan, and were blessed with their first son, Frankie, in 1950. Soon after, their daughter Patti was born in 1952, followed by Karen in 1955. After moving back to Smithville for a brief period, Meb, Bud, and the kids moved to Ontario, California. They had an unexpected blessing with the birth of their son, John “Johnny” in 1963.Throughout her life, Meb enjoyed teaching and touched the lives of countless students over a span of 35 years. She primarily taught 5th and 6th grade and was also a principal at one point in time. She loved country music, watching athletics on TV, and relished seeing her kids play various sports and attended many school events. She was a devout Christian who wanted Proverbs 31:28 to define how she was viewed: “Her children arise and call her blessed.”

Meb is survived by her brother, Bobby and his wife, Beverly; her four children, Frankie and wife, Jaye, Patti, Karen, John and wife, Barbara; grandchildren: Jason and wife, Christine, Amie and husband, Erick, Casey, Josh, Beau and wife, Kim, Jimmy and wife, Brook, Joey, Rachel, Sarah and husband, Eric, and Victor; great grandchildren, Christine, Vance, Amanda, Courtney, Nolan, Avery, Emerson, AJ, Jason, Daniel, Johnny, Marissa, Zayne, Terra, Braxton, Christian, Sierra, Shyanne, Emma; great-great grandchildren, Elizabeth and Atticus; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. at the Trinity Baptist Church in Octavia, Oklahoma with Brother Randy Keiss officiating. Interment will follow in the Smithville Cemetery in Smithville, Oklahoma under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena.  Visitation will be Wednesday, February 25, 2015 from 6-8 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena.

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