Marian was born May 25, 1929, in Bismarck, N.D., to parents, Barbara (Gress) and Peter Pfau. She grew up and attended schools in Stevensville, and also attended Sacred Heart Academy in Missoula.
She married Ernest Ray Johnson on June 25, 1947, at St. Mary’s Mission in Stevensville. The couple moved to Missoula in 1956 and lived here most of their lives and built a home in 1959 in the Target Range area, where she was residing at the time of her death. Marian was a member of Pope John XXIII Catholic Church and St. Anthony’s Parish. She loved taking care of her family and home, and fishing with her parents and husband. Marian enjoyed crocheting angels and making caramels.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, grandson, and great-grandson.
She is now survived by her children; son Gordon (Val) Johnson of Hanson, Ky.; son Douglas (Rhonda) Johnson of Hamilton; and daughter Janet (Mike) Dean of Missoula; a brother Pete (Frances) Pfau of Victor; sister Margaret Drew of Dillon; eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and numerous extended family.