SMUUF minister dies at 70

Marion (Scottie) Mc-Intyre Johnson

December 8, 1946 - October 26, 2017

San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship minister Marion (Scottie) Rose McIntyre Johnson, age 70, of San Marcos, passed away at 12:35 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26, at St. David’s Medical Center Hospital in Austin, after a brief illness.

She is survived by husband, James (Jim) Franklin Johnson of San Marcos; two sons, Seth M. Johnson and wife Jessica Schmidt of Boston, Massachusetts, and Joel M. Johnson and wife Laura Johnson of San Marcos; and two granddaughters, Alice Rosalie Johnson and Robyn Joanna Johnson of San Marcos. Also surviving are brother Michael McIntyre and wife Barbara McIntyre of Brenham, sister-in-law, Pat McIntyre of Brenham, aunt Vicki Rust of Fredericksburg, Texas, and five nephews, two cousins, and their families. She was pre-deceased by her parents, father-in-law James A. Johnson and mother-in-law, Melba Johnson, uncle Ray McIntyre and aunt Patricia McIntyre, uncle Clarence Rust, brother Harvey (Dee) McIntyre III and cousin Tom McIntyre.

She was born on Dec. 8, 1946 in Brenham, Texas to parents Harvey D. McIntyre, Jr. and Elaine (Mickey) Hoehnen Mc-Intyre. She was baptized on Jan. 28, 1947 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brenham by Rev. Charles Wiesnerowski., and attended St. Mary’s Catholic School and Brenham public school and worked as a Girl Scout Summer Camp Counselor for six years at Camp Texlake where she met many of her lifelong friends. She graduated from Brenham High School, Blinn College, and the University of Texas in Austin with degrees in drama education and library science. In 1984, she was a founder of Belden Street Montessori School in Sherman, Texas and worked there for 20 years as a teacher and administrator. She also helped start the Red River Unitarian Universalist Church in Denison, TX in 1997. After retirement, she began studies at Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology, graduating with a Minister of Divinity degree in May 2013. She and Jim moved to San Marcos in 2014 to be near their two granddaughters, son and daughter-inlaw. She was then honored with ordination as a minister in September 2016 at San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and preached her final sermon there fewer than four days before her death.

She married Jim Johnson on Jan. 8, 1972 in Austin. They moved to Sherman where they lived for 35 years while Jim was a professor at Austin College. She was a talented musician and able to play a wide variety of instruments, which served her well in her role as Music Director of the Sherman Community Players for many years. She never stopped learning new things. She loved singing, teaching, theatre, reading mystery novels, and most of all, planning and leading worship services at her church. She was a force for good; a fierce and a powerful advocate for individuals who are underrepresented and underserved.  She dedicated her life and service to a broad array of social justice causes.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, Nov. 3, at 3 p.m. at San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (SMUUF), located at 510 N. Guadalupe Street. In lieu of flowers, anyone who wishes to honor her life is invited to donate to a special fund dedicated to creating a large stained glass window for her congregation’s new building, a project to which she was deeply committed. Details can be seen by visiting SMUUF.org/giving or donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 1053, San Marcos, TX 78667, or given at the memorial service.

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