Born on Nov. 18, 1954 in Sayre, she was daughter of the late Betty and Cecil Johnson, Sr. She enjoyed dancing, riding 4-wheelers, the Dallas Cowboys, fishing, being outside and spending time with her nieces and nephews, especially Patty and George, with whom she lived for 22 years. Marlene was a graduate from the Wysox School for the Handicapped.
She is survived by several siblings: Patty and George Baker of Laceyville, Robert and Betty Johnson of Lime Hill, Randy and Cathy Johnson of Wyalusing, Billy and Laura Johnson of Wyalusing, Donnie Johnson and fiancée, Janet Ruhf of Towanda, Charlie and Helen Johnson of Burlington, Jerry and Cathy Johnson of Wyalusing, Bonnie and Mike Boyanowski of Camptown, Peggy Smith of Sugar Run, Sue Roberts of Wyalusing, Judy and Mike Spencer of Herrickville, Marion and Roger Canfield of Mehoopany, and sister law Annamae Johnson, wife of Cecil, Jr. of Wyalusing. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and lots of great friends. A special mention of Pam Woodruff, a very dear friend; a nephew, Jon Brown of Mehoopany and his children, Dakota, Malorie, Joslyn and Nathaniel and a niece, Tonya Brown of Laceyville and her son, Trenton Lis. Other than her parents, Marlene is preceded in death by two brothers, Albert Johnson and Cecil Johnson, Jr. and a sister, Joyce Johnson.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 11 a.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville, with Rev. Thomas Davis of the Braintrim Baptist Church in Laceyville officiating. Interment was in the Terrytown Cemetery. Family and friends called at the funeral home on Monday, Feb. 6, from 5 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make donations may do so to the National Down Syndrome Society or the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.