November 21, 1935 - November 28, 2020
“Her song is ended, but the melody lingers on.”
Martha (Muffy) Marit Skarperud Johnson passed away on Saturday, November 28th, 2020 on Mercer Island, Washington at the age of 85.
Muffy attended Weatherwax High School in Aberdeen, Washington where she became the first female Vice President of the student body. She graduated high school in 1953 and went on to attend the University of Washington, majoring in College of Arts & Sciences Music. Muffy pledged Chi Omega sorority. While in college she was crowned Miss Greenlake, became a Seafair Princess and was nominated Varsity Ball Queen. She was also Miss Airpower of Airforce ROTC in 1957, the same year she graduated UW. Muffy returned to the UW to receive her teacher’s certificate in 1960.
Muffy and George met during her senior year of college in 1957 and were married on November 28, 1959. George and Muffy’s marriage philosophy was to always be dedicated to each other and to their family. Muffy’s passing marked their 61st wedding anniversary to the day.
Beginning her teaching career at Casper W. Sharpless Junior High School in south Seattle, Muffy also taught English and Music at Rainier Beach High School where she was the advisor to the class of 1966. Her bond with the 360 students of Rainier Beach class of ’66 was an endless source of pride, which she continued to foster in the decades that followed. Her students honored her by naming the school’s music room after her in 2016, 50 years following their graduation.
Muffy was a concert pianist and sang with the Vocal Motion choir group. She was a member of the Mercer Island Beach Club where her boys participated in swim team. She also belonged to the charitable Child Hearing League, Sunset Club and the Seattle Yacht Club. She volunteered at Children’s Hospital and was an ardent supporter of animals through Pasado’s Safe Haven.
Muffy is survived by her husband of 61 years, George Putnam Johnson, her two sons, Peter (Christy Wallace) Johnson of Bellevue, Washington and David (Dara) Johnson of Old Greenwich, Connecticut. Grandchildren include Maxwell (18), Elizabeth (15), Luke (10) and Jack (8).
When asked how she wanted to be remembered, she replied “Having fun.” Muffy will also be remembered for her warmth, generosity, strong values and sense of fairness. She was a wonderful wife and fantastic mother who always put family first. A lover of all animals, she had a special fondness for owls, the official mascot of her sorority.
Funeral services will be private due to Covid-19 restrictions.
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