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Tuesday, February 6, 2018
5:00-7:00 pm
Hamilton's near Highland Memory Gardens
121 NW 60th Ave
Des Moines, Iowa 50313


Wednesday, February 7, 2018
10:00 am
All Saints Catholic Church
650 NE 52nd Ave
Des Moines, Iowa 50313


Iowa Veterans Cemetery
Van Meter, Iowa


Hamilton's near Highland Memory Gardens
121 NW 60th Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50313
(515) 289-2442

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Marcia J. Johnson


Marcia Jean Johnson, 75, of Ankeny, IA passed away on Thursday, February 1st surrounded by her loving family.

Marcia was born in Ottumwa, IA to Robert and Lola Fay. She graduated from Roosevelt High School, then attended Drake University. She met her husband, Daryl, while working at Armstrong Tire and they wed in 1964. Marcia and Daryl moved to Ankeny in 1968 to raise their family and have been active members of the community for almost 50 years. Once their children got older, Marcia worked at DMACC. She worked there, making lifelong friends, until retirement. Marcia could always be seen at her grandchildren’s activities, from dance to sports to choir. She cherished her family and friends, and created a nucleus of love that will never be forgotten.

Marcia is survived by her husband of 53 years, Daryl, and three daughters: Kelly (Steve) Ugolini, Lisa (Todd) Heagle, and Denise (Jamie) Waddingham; six grandchildren: Brooke (Tom) Bos, Toni Ugolini, Marcus Ugolini, Paige Heagle, Cole Heagle, and Jordan Heagle; one step-great grandchild: Destiny Bos; as well as her brother Bob (Jeanette) Fay, her niece Chris (John) Case and family, and her nephew Ray Fay and family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Lola Fay.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at Hamilton’s near Highland Memory Gardens, 121 NW 60th Ave., Des Moines. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at All Saints Catholic Church, 650 NE 52nd Ave., Des Moines.

You may express on line condolences to www.hamiltonsfuneralhome.com