Marni Johnson was born Margaret Dorothy Hoover in Muskegon, Michigan in 1926. She was educated at Western University and moved to Chicago to become a social worker. There she met Henry Grady Johnson, a pharmacist and jazz musician. They were married in 1955. The union produced three children, Lisa, Leslie, and Christopher. They divorced in 1963.
Marni worked for the University of Chicago as well as the Journal of the American Medical Association as a proofreader for many years. She also started writing travel articles. She traveled all over the world. But Mexico was particularly special because of her love of the Maya.
She also loved literature and art. While in Mexico, many of her paintings reflected Maya culture.
In 1992, she moved to Guadalajara and retired. She loved Lake Chapala for its bevy of artists and writers. She was very connected to the American Legion in both Guadalajara and Lake Chapala. She was very passionate about writing, the Maya, travel. And great margaritas.
She wrote a column for the Lake Chapala Review and articles for El Ojo del Lago. She also wrote a number of short stories. She was a member of both the Ajijic and Chapala Writers Groups and was also involved with her bridge group.
Her last years included illness and she only recently learned that she had cancer. She passed away on October 13, 2012. She is survived by her three children and two grandchildren, Jonathan Piotrowski and Grady Page.
Submitted by Leslie Piotrowski (Marni’s daughter)
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