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Sandy Johnson

Sandra Jean Johnson, daughter of Marcella (Brown) Johnson and Jesse Johnson, was born January 14, 1950 at Lincoln, Nebraska. Sandy grew up at Diagonal and graduated from Diagonal High School in 1968.
Sandy hobbies included crocheting and her grandsons all have an afghan made just for them. With each new niece or nephew for Heather and Lee would come a baby afghan from Sandy. In addition to the afghans, Sandy made bright orange hunting stocking caps for Lee and the boys. To say that Sandy was a proud grandma and loved her grandsons would be an understatement. She never missed an athletic event and Levi remembers how she would show up 2 hours early for his baseball games. She always had the same seat whether it was baseball, football, basketball or track events; and she got the same seats because she showed up so early! Sandy had her Raider sweatshirt with the boys pictures pinned on and ready for the next game. Lincoln remembers her "bomber" hats that she liked to wear in the winter; they may not be typical for a grandma to wear but she had to be like the kids. Craven remembers that every year for the holidays, grandma would come out and make a double batch of chex party mix. Sandy was a very loving mother to Heather and was always available to her; whether dropping off a Mountain Dew or to just check and see what everyone was doing. Sandy will be missed at games and events and in her families everyday lives, but Sandy will be an angel on her families shoulder.
Sandy passed away unexpectedly on September 4, 2012 at her home in Mount Ayr. She was preceded in death by her mother Marcella Briner.
Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter Heather Martin & husband Lee of Mount Ayr and their children Levi, Lincoln, and Craven; father Richard Briner & wife Dora of Creston, IA; brothers Jim Johnson & wife Joyce of Mount Ayr, Allen Briner of Kansas City, MO, and Steve Briner & wife Paula of Newell, IA; special niece Jayla Johnson of Mount Ayr; aunt Annabelle Jones of Mount Ayr; other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
A visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 8th, 2012 at Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr. A memorial has been established in her name.

  • Open Viewing

    September 08, 2012
    9:00 AM to 7:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Family Will Be Present

    September 08, 2012
    3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

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High School seems a long time ago yet those memories remain. Sandy was a classmate and we shared those days of going to school and laughing over some of the silliest things. Sandy did indeed enjoy life and had a ready laugh everyone could hear. My sympathies to the family and may you have many good memories of your times together.
Sally and Jim Stephens

Posted by Sally Saville Stephens - Lakewood, CO - Friend   September 09, 2012

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

To Heather and family and Jim and Joyce--
Have known Sandy for a long time. She was a happy friendly lady and will be sadly missed by those who knew and loved her.

Posted by Lloyd & Kay Drake - Tingley, IA   September 08, 2012

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Remembering you in our prayers as you lose a mother and sister. Sandy was a special lady and in all the years we knew her, she never was anything but bubbly and positive. May all the great memories you shared with her hold you up through the tough times.DTBU6

Posted by Jim & Joy Goins - Diagonal, IA - friends   September 08, 2012

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Heather: Your mom was a warm and caring lady and I so enjoyed visiting with her. When you joined our family so did your mom, she will be missed. Just wanted to let you know that we are thinking of you, Lee and the boys.

Posted by Alan and Lois Ibbotson - Tingley, IA - Family   September 07, 2012

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

My first thought of Sandy was her infectious laugh. My second thought was on occasion my mom and Sandy would head out on Saturday evenings and drive until they would find a dance. One particular night at the last minute I decided to go with them..we ended up in what was called the Town (?) of Williamson. The dance was in a schoolhouse out in the middle of Adams County. We had so much fun and I had never laughed (to tears) so much in a long time at those two girls. I still giggle when I think of them. Sandy was always up for some fun. Even though she appeared to be a pretty quiet person that all changed when you got to know her. Her feelings run deep and so did her love for her daughter, grandchildren, brothers and their families. Bet Mom and Sandy are in heaven looking for a dance, laughing and having a good ole time. You will be missed greatly, Sandy and are loved by many.

Posted by Paula Rychnovsky - Rippey, IA - Friend   September 07, 2012

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Heather and Family,
My deepest sympathy over the loss of your mother. May god be with you at this very difficult time.

Posted by Janet Glendenning - Mount Ayr, IA   September 07, 2012

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Heather and family,So sorry to hear of the passing of your mother.She was a kind and lovable person. She will be missed at all the boys sporting events.Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time. Jeff and Jody Doolittle

Posted by Jeff and Jody Doolittle - Kellerton, IA - friend   September 06, 2012

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Heather and family,
Sorry to hear about your Mom''s passing. She was so proud of all of you. I will always remember her coming to all the boys events. I talked to her at the county fair. Just know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Elaine and Francis Willis - Mt. Ayr, IA - Friend   September 06, 2012

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

To Jim and family and Heather and family,

My thoughts and prayers are with both of your families as you go through this very difficult time. I am so glad to have been able to visit with Sandy recently. She will be missed.

Warmest regards,

Jacki & Bruce

Posted by Jacki Bierma - Koshkonong, WI - cousin   September 06, 2012

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Sandy I will miss your good nature, your humor and your love of life. You were always positive even when things were not so good. Thank you for being you and sharing who you were with the world. You will be missed by all; especially me.

Kelly Lynn Brown
AVCM USN Retired

Posted by Kelly L. Brown - Tanauan Leyte Philippines / , IA - Cousin   September 06, 2012

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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