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Sylva May (Pratt) Umphrey, 91, died May 14, 2017, at Johnson Memorial Hospital in Franklin, Indiana.
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2/11/2017
Margaret Marie ‘Peg’ Johnson

Margaret Marie "Peg" Johnson, 84, died Feb. 1, 2017, in Ketchikan.

She was born Margaret M. Hefferman on Sept. 27, 1932, in Franklin, Pennsylvania.

She attended Franklin High School in Franklin. She was married on June 16, 1951, in Cooperstown, Pennsylvania.

In addition to Franklin, Mrs. Johnson resided in Cherry Valley, Ohio, where she and her husband, Herb Johnson, farmed for 10 years. They then moved to Ketchikan, where they arrived on April 5, 1961.

In Ketchikan, they became the owner/operators of five businesses before fully retiring. They started with the Toot & Tell Restaurant and continued with the Right-On clothing store, Knudson Cove Marina and Family Furniture before ending with the small, men’s variety store, Misters’.

"The Toot & Tell Restaurant was the one business that really made an impact on the teenagers in Ketchikan," her family writes. "They were both known as Dad and Mom to many young people (teenagers) as they were growing up. They helped them when they could — loved them all. The Right-On shop was the other business that the kids really liked, too. Mom did all the alterations when needed. Mom was the rock of all of the businesses."

Mrs. Johnson was a member of the North Tongass Baptist Church and Clover Pass Community Church. She helped out at the church, volunteered at the hospital and was a homemaker.

She enjoyed sewing, counted cross stitching, sudoku puzzles, baking and "taking care of everybody," her family writes.

"Mom will be missed by all of her children and family," they write. "She was a very loving and caring mother and friend. Mom had a heart of gold and was always doing so much for all of us. She was a wonderful listener and knew how to comfort all of us where there were tough times. Mom was our ‘angel’ and always will be."

Mrs. Johnson was preceded in death by her husband, Herb Johnson; parents, Grant Hefferman Sr. and Monabelle Hefferman; and brother, Grant Hefferman Jr.

She is survived by her sister, Doris Acker and family; brother, Tom Hefferman and family; daughters, Betty (Bill) Christensen and Marge (Bob) McCamy; son, Dan (Barb) Johnson; grandchildren, Chris, Angie (Ryan), Simon, Caleb (Nola), Raymond (Mia), Jessie (Seth), Kevin, and Amanda (Patrick) and family; and great-grandchildren, Hayley, Vince, Anna, Molly, Wyatt, Ty, Lexington, Abby and Cornelia; and many friends.

At her request, there will be no services.

Mrs. Johnson’s remains will be cremated.