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Marjorie E. Johnson, 86, died at 3:56 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, at IU Arnett Hospital. She was born Sept. 23, 1931, in Kokomo, the daughter of William and Lela (Richardson) Coady. She married Joseph Scionti in 1956, and he preceded her in death Oct. 18, 1995. She married Albert Johnson in 2000. He preceded her in death Sept. 24, 2013.
Marjorie was active in Kokomo Civic Theatre (KCT) as an actress and director. By last count, she was involved in over 55 productions ranging from the dramatic to the comedic and musical. Under the auspices of KCT, she founded the children's theatre, Curtain Call. She also directed children in the Cherub's Choir and organized the singers of Harmonia at St Joan of Arc Catholic Church. She loved singing, especially harmonizing. She excelled in all things musical: singing, playing the guitar, piano, harp and harmonica. Her talent and passion for performing were among her greatest gifts.
Even before earning a graduate degree in literature from Purdue, she was a master of language, well-read and exceptionally well-spoken. She was an eloquent author and poet. The number of poems she committed to memory was astounding, still able to recite them flawlessly. She wrote a musical for children, "The Muffin Man." She was presented with a literary award for the score and manuscript from Tennessee Williams. She wrote countless short stories, poems, songs and a book, "Out of the Personals and Into Ireland," about meeting her husband Albert and their awe-inspiring romance.
Marjorie had a deep spiritual relationship with God and all of creation. She found peace in forests and rivers. She delighted in birds. From hummingbirds to eagles, she befriended them all. She believed in the enduring soul. Hers remains powerful, generous and captivating. She loved life and lived with zest, candor and high standards. Though seemingly bold, she was actually humble. Marjorie inspired and enriched the lives of those who knew her.
As her life quieted, she felt profound gratitude for simple things. Her joy was obvious when she was with her family. She treasured chia tea frappuccinos, biscotti, colorful bouquets, seed for her birdfeeders and engaging conversations. She always sang beautifully in harmony, loved strolls outside, and holding hands. We are eternally grateful for her open heart, sharp mind, and her courage to "forge on" with unwavering love and good spirits.
She is survived by two daughters, Angela Cooper, Lafayette, and Catherine Scionti and her husband Chris Auron, Naples, Florida; five stepchildren, Andy and Susan Johnson, Alexis and Eric Scherrer, Jim and Melinda Johnson, Lezlie Johnson and Jeff Johnson; 10 grandchildren, Siena, Joe, Heather, Christopher, Reed, Sam, Lexi, Sophia, Amanda and Connor; and two great-grandchildren, Karsen and Kennedi. In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by her son, Kevin Scionti; son-in-law, Alan Cooper; and her three brothers.
A Memorial Mass will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 3155 S. 200 West, Kokomo, with the Rev Arbuckle and the Rev Kroeger co-officiating. Friends may call at the church from 10 a.m. until service time Monday.
Memorial contributions in Marjorie's name may be made to the World Wildlife Fund or the Audubon Society. Shirley & Stout Funeral Home, Kokomo, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Published on February 23, 2018
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