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Shirley Johnson

Published: Monday, May 5, 2014 3:45 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 9:47 a.m. CDT

PRINCETON — Shirley Mae Johnson, 87, of Princeton passed away Friday, May 2, 2014, at Walnut Manor Nursing Home.

She was born July 17, 1926, in Chicago to Leroy Harold McNitt and Myrtle Sweeney. She graduated from Hirsch High School in Chicago and attended two years of college. She was an account specialist at Leo Burnett Advertising Agency, retiring after 25 years. She was the president of Junior Women's Club in Country Club Hills.

Shirley was an avid golfer, but also loved gardening and landscaping. She was particularly fond of flowers specializing in Ikebana, Japanese flower arrangements.

She is survived by two daughters, Sandra (Terry) Blitsch of Princeton and Susan Johnson; four granddaughters; one grandson; two great-granddaughters; and one great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by her father, Leroy Harold McNitt; her mother, Myrtle Francis Sweeney; her husband, Douglas Lee Johnson; a sister, Marilyn Williams; and a brother, Leroy H McNitt Jr.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 10, at the Evangelical Covenant Church, Princeton, with the Rev. Derek C. Boggs officiating. Inurnment will follow at Chapel Hill Gardens, Oak Lawn, at a later date.

Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer's Foundation,

Cremation rites have been accorded through the Norberg Memorial Home of Princeton.

Online condolences may be left at

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