Our sweet mom, Marie Harkness Johnson, gained her angel wings on Tuesday, May 9, 2023, in Catoosa, Oklahoma. Mom was born in Minden, Louisiana, to Leon and Nelma Harkness on November 23, 1938. She grew up and attended school in Heflin, Louisiana. Mom loved her family, traveling, the beach, and her church family.
Marie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 52 years, Wiley Johnson; and her brother, Carlos Harkness. She is survived by her children, Linda Brown (John), Inola, Oklahoma, and Mark Johnson, El Dorado, Arkansas. Surviving grandchildren are Amy Walthall (Tyler Wilson), John David Reed (Jennifer), Claire Johnson (Scott), Rebekah Smith (Tyler), Ryan Brown (Melanie), and Tyler Brown (Maggie). Also surviving are eight great grandchildren; sister, Shirley Wine, Bear, Delaware; and sister-in-law, Gwen Harkness, Birmingham, Alabama.
After her husband’s 20-year retirement from the US Air Force, Marie and Wiley founded Industrial Oil Supply, Shreveport, Louisiana. Upon their second retirement, they relocated to Crestview, Florida. After Wiley’s death in 2010, Marie moved to El Dorado, Arkansas, to be closer to family. In 2022, Marie relocated to Catoosa, Oklahoma, to be near her daughter, Linda.
A memorial service will be held at Heflin Baptist Church, Heflin, Louisiana, at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 20, 2023, followed by interment at Bistineau Cemetery, Heflin, Louisiana.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make donations to the Alzheimer’s Association or charity of your choice.