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Mary Kay Johnson
Mary Kay Johnson
June 25, 1951 - February 02, 2012
Reynolds, Illinois

Visitation: 4:00-8:00pm Monday February 06, 2012 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Milan
Funeral Service: 10:00am Tuesday February 07, 2012 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Milan
Interment: , at Buffalo Prairie Cemetery

Mary Kay Johnson, 60, of Reynolds, passed away Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, at Trinity Rock Island, after a brave fight with breast


Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Milan. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Buffalo Prairie Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Reynolds United Methodist Church or Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Mary Kay was born on June 25, 1951, in Aledo, the daughter of Donald and Vella McCormick Hessman. She was raised on the family farm that she loved, near Reynolds along with her siblings. She was a 1969 graduate of Rockridge High School. Mary Kay married Craig Johnson on Nov. 10, 1989, in Preemption.

Mrs. Johnson was a tireless worker; she had been employed at several area banks for over 40 years and the last four years at American Bank and Trust, Rock Island, where she made many special friends.

Mary Kay was a member of Reynolds United Methodist Church, where she made treats for the children studying for the annual Bible Bowl. Above all else, Mary Kay loved her husband, Craig; stepdaughter, Jennifer and all her extended Hessman family. As evidence of her bravery and selflessness she donated one of her kidneys to Jennifer in 1999. She enjoyed making crafts of all kinds, always coming up with something new each year for holidays and other occasions. Mary Kay would lovingly spend hours stuffing plastic Easter eggs with coins and candy for the annual Hessman Easter egg hunt.

Mary Kay loved her labs, Brodie, Casey, Dixie and her special cat, Sammy, they were like children to her. One of her favorite things to do during the summer was the weekly task of mowing the grass on her and Craig’s acreage, with her John Deere lawn tractor, caring for all the flowers and plants around the house and feeding the birds in their backyard.

Survivors include her husband, Craig; stepdaughter, Jennifer Jaros, Port Byron; siblings and spouses, Sharon (Al) Sowash, Mims, Fla., Linda (Jim) Hessman-Bogart, Deepwater, Mo., Don (Mary) Hessman, Reynolds, Kent (Colleen) Hessman, Reynolds; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and infant sister, Judy.

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Johnson and Hessman Families: My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Mary Kay was always great person to be around while growing up and I'm glad to have grown up around her. Monte Christie Newport, TN
-- Monte J (Jon) Christie

My condolences on your loss.
-- Carol Quist Lingle

You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God give you the peace of knowing she is with him and at peace.
-- Bob & Marlene Phillips

My deepest sympathy to all the family.
-- Sandy Pearson Long

I worked with Mary Kay at Metrobank, she was always a happy friendly person and fun to be around. My thoughts are with her family.
-- Pam Bull

Craig and the Hessman family, we are thinking of you during this difficult time. Her strength thru her battle was amazing and she will be missed by many.
-- Dan & Janice (Neaman) Hofer

I worked with Mary Kay at Metrobank and would see her occasionally at New Era. She was a great lady who will be deeply missed. I am sorry for your loss and you have my deepest simpathy.
-- Kay Hull

My deepest sympathy on Mary Kay's passing. May God and Angels be with you to bring you comfort in your sorrow and some joy in celebrating her time and her life with you. I went to Rockridge with Mary Kay. (She knew me as Margaret Paulsen...I changed my name a number of years ago.) God Bless all of you!
-- Marika Ray