Mary Sue Johnson, our beloved mother, grandmother and friend, passed away at her home surrounded by family on the morning of Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the age of 85 after a lengthy battle with emphysema and congestive heart failure.
Mary Sue was born in the Steptoe Valley Hospital on Campton Street in Ely, NV to George Demetrios Charchalis and Susie Louise Willoughby Charchalis on December 26, 1932. She was the youngest of six children including Demetrios (James) George Charchalis, Louise Georgia Charchalis Wassenberg, Constantine (Tino) George Charchalis, George Willoughby Charchalis, and Helen Georgia Charchalis who died as an infant. Mary Sue’s parents and siblings preceded her in death.
A 1951 Graduate of White Pine High School, Mary Sue briefly attended the University of Utah before returning to Ely where she married Harry Lawrence Johnson on January 14, 1956 in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ely. Harry preceded her in death, on May 18, 2004.
A lifelong resident of Ely, Mary Sue worked in the Ely City Clerk’s office, was a bookkeeper for the Mustang Club, was the Deputy White Pine County Treasurer and was ultimately appointed to fill the White Pine County Clerk position. She went on to be elected multiple times as the White Pine County Clerk, a position she held until her retirement in 1992.
In her more active days she and Harry were known to be excellent jitterbug dancers and they enjoyed swing dancing to the music of Glen Miller, Tommy Dorsey and other Big Band era bands. They also enjoyed bowling and playing poker machines at Sunset Lanes. Mary Sue loved camping, working in her yard and the White Pine Horse Races. Her hobbies included knitting, crocheting, arts & crafts, reading and working crossword puzzles.
The thing Mary Sue loved most in life, though, was her family. She is survived by her three children Jeff Johnson of Taylorsville, Utah, Tina Johnson of Chandler, Arizona and Paul and Shelly Johnson of Ely, Nevada, her three grandchildren, Michael Johnson and Nicholas Johnson of Las Vegas, Nevada, Sunnie Sue Johnson of Taylorsville Utah, her nephew John and his wife Chessy Charchalis of Ely, Nevada and her faithful furry companion Misty the cat.
A great animal lover, Mary Sue requests that, in lieu of flowers, you please consider sending donations to help the Ely Nevada City Pound through Paws for the Cause by calling (775) 296-0567, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting 1003 Lacawana Road Ely NV 89301.
Services will include a recitation of the Rosary on Friday, November 9, 7:00 p.m. at Mountain Vista Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, November 10, 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, interment of the remains immediately following mass at the Ely City Cemetery, and a luncheon following interment at the St. Lawrence Hall.
Our family would like to recognize all the great friends and neighbors in this wonderful community who helped us along the way. Our journey was made bearable by all the love, support and familiar faces we encountered on every leg of this journey. We are so proud and thankful to have all of you in our lives and we hope you know how much it has meant to us. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.