Mary Margie Whalen Johnson Gough, 86, of Pomfret died May 19, 2011, at St. Mary's Hospital, Leonardtown.
Born May 1, 1925, in Hermanville, she was the daughter of the late Edward Whalen and the late Mary Wendy Bennett Whalen.
Margie, as she was called, grew up and attended school in St. Mary's County and graduated from Jarboeville High School in Lexington Park.
She held several positions before she became an entrepreneur. She was the founder of her own ceramic shop and she operated it for more than 40 years. She was employed at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Lexington Park during World War II in the laundry department, worked at a reupholstery shop in Bel Alton, owned and operated a restaurant and pool hall in La Plata and operated a barbecue pit in Calvert County.
She had a funny, caring, giving and patient spirit. She loved the Lord and always tried to be honest in life. She helped the needy and was not ashamed to share with others what God had done for her. She was a member of an outreach ministry in her community. She would listen to everyone's problems.
She enjoyed her duck collection, the Christmas holidays, watching wrestling and "Jeopardy" on television, going to church, gospel events, cookouts, family gatherings, going on vacation, shopping and stopping at yard sales, riding on the back of the truck to go fishing, picking berries and graduations of family members.
The greatest enjoyment for her came from spending time with her children, especially Doris.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Thomas Gough; son, James L. Johnson; sister, Frances C. Dorsey; brother, James H. Whalen; brother-in-law, George C. Dorsey and aunts and uncles.
She is survived by her sons, John C. Johnson, Paul R. Johnson and Joseph B. Johnson; daughters, Doris E. Johnson and Juanita A. Gough; daughters-in-law, Marva P. Johnson and Mary Ann Johnson; 22 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; brother, Robert S. Bennett; sister-in-law, Viola Whalen; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. May 26 at Thornton Funeral Home, Pomonkey. Burial will take place at Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown.