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Johnson, Martha Lee

In memory of Martha Lee Johnson, age 65, of Tupper Lake, NY.

On the morning of March 26, 2019, Martha passed away after a year-long battle with uterine cancer, surrounded by her sisters and daughter, in the loving care of St. Peter’s Hospital.

Born in Ridgewood, New Jersey, January 10, 1954, Martha grew up in Tupper Lake, New York. She was the second child of Jean M. Schutt and William C. Johnson Jr. Shortly after her birth, Jean passed and William’s second wife, Jane Bobak adopted Martha and her sister Sandra.

Martha held many extraordinary talents including cooking, sewing, quilting, beading, gardening and skiing. She served on ski patrol for over twenty years, forging everlasting friendships during that time. After her daughter Elena was born, Martha earned her Associates degree and began her second career as an x-ray technician.

After living in Rutland, Vermont, and then North Woodstock, New Hampshire, for many years Martha moved to Helena, Montana, in 1997 where she worked for Great Divide Ski Area and Gates of the Mountains, which remained special places to her. Shortly after moving to Helena, Martha started work as an x-ray technician at Helena Urgent Care, and later Helena Orthopedic Clinic. Martha’s work ethic was remarkable, and she especially enjoyed cooking for special events at the clinic.

Martha was an incredibly selfless, devoted and loving mother and friend. Her quick-witted sense of humor remained intact until the end, and she will be cherished and missed by many.

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Martha was preceded in death by her father, William C. Johnson Jr.; mother, Jean M. Schutt; and stepmother, Jane O. Bobak.

Martha is survived by her daughter, Elena C. Johnson; siblings, Lois, Lyndon and Peter Johnson and Sandra Olsen; brother-in-law, Bill Olsen; nephew and wife Robert and Erin Farris-Olsen; great nephews, William Tupper and Benjamin August Farris-Olsen; nieces and nephews Kathleen, Lucas and Tyler, and Caleb, Samantha, and Jeremy Johnson as well as numerous great nieces and nephews and loving aunts and uncles.

Family and friends will be received on Saturday, April 6, from 4 to 6 p.m. at 711 Highland, at Sandi’s. A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, April 7, at Free Ceramics, 650 Logan Street, at 4:30 p.m., with a light reception to follow. Additional services will be in Tupper Lake, NY, at a later date. Please visit www.helenafunerals.com to offer condolence or leave a memory of Martha. Memorial donations may be made to Helena Food Share, Helena YWCA, Helena 6th Ward Garden Park and The Friendship Center.

Please send family condolences and memories to www.helenafunerals.com.

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