Marilyn Johnson

Marilyn Joyce Johnson, 87, of Vero Beach, Florida, died Sunday, May 12, 2013 at her residence. She was born July 11, 1925 in Moline, Illinois and had been a summer resident of Vero Beach since 1935 before moving to Vero in 2004 coming from Conyers, GA. Marilyn spent her career in the field of Volunteer Service, working consistently with flair, intelligence and cheer. She performed innovatively, especially after organizing the need for Meals on Wheels program, now widely in use everywhere. Honors came to her in plenty and she was named Volunteer of the Year in 1985 by Governor Joe Frank Harris of Georgia. In 1991 she was chosen delegate to the World Southeast Conference of the United Methodist Church in Singapore. She also served as the State President of the United Methodist Womens organization in Georgia. She is survived by her husband, Vernon of Vero Beach; son, William Blackman of Quincy, FL; daughter, Barbara Walding of Conyers, Georgia; 6 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her first husband Berkeley Blackman, Jr. and son Charles Blackman. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 10 AM in the Chapel of Trinity Episcopal Church, Vero Beach. Burial of Marilyns ashes will follow at Crestlawn Cemetery, Vero Beach. Arrangements are under the direction of the Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home and Crematory, Vero Beach. An online guest book may be signed at