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Mari Louise (Wiest) Johnson

June 24, 1964 ~ March 11, 2019 (age 54)

Johnson, (Wiest) Mari L. of Plymouth passed away March 11, 2019 at the age of 54. Preceded in death by her parents, James and Phyllis Wiest; brother in-law, Murray Lucken. She is loved and will be deeply missed by her daughters, Meredith and Shelby; her former husband and best friend Steve; sisters, Kathy Lucken, Becky Wiest; brother, Scott Wiest (Debi); nieces, Ann Lucken, Courtney Wiest; nephew, Christopher Wiest; In-laws, Earl and Beverly Johnson; sisters in-law, Jody Johnson Slaughter and Jamie Johnson; brother in-law, Stuart Slaughter; nephews, David, Jonathan, Michael, Christopher.

Mari was a long-time resident of New Hope and attended Sonnesyn Elementary.  She was a graduate of Armstrong High School in 1982.  Mari attended the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and was a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. Mari and Steve married July 24, 1993.  After working in marketing for Carlisle Plastics (Bloomington), Mari stayed home to raise her two daughters.  She made life-long friends in every aspect of her life.  Her first home as a Johnson family was in Westbranch Crossing (Plymouth), for 5 years and then just West to Wyndemere Farms (Plymouth), where she became a charter member of "The Women of Wyndemere".  She was a fixture at Kimberly Lane Elementary with various volunteer duties that she eventually snuck her way onto the payroll as a Paraprofessional. As well as positions at Greenwood Elementary and Gleason Lake Elementary.

Mari was an avid reader, loved her mystery shows, "Criminal Minds" etc. and loved to travel. She experienced multiple cruises and probably way too many of Steve's business trips to golf resorts. She enjoyed annual Spring Break trips to get out of the "tundra" as well as trips from Wisconsin Dells to Orlando for volleyball, Vegas to Charlotte for soccer and then over and over again. It was a crazy whirlwind ride, but she embraced it all and loved every minute of it. Her daughters were everything to her.

Mari adored everyone’s animals and treated them all as if they were hers.  She especially loved Maddie, Jack and Stella and most recently, Penny and Josie.

Her smile was infectious, her personality bubbly. Everybody knew Mari. What about Mari? Where's Mari? Is Mari coming? Mari will be missed but never forgotten!

A Visitation will be held Sunday, March 17, 2019 from 4-6 p.m. at David Lee Funeral Home, 1220 East Wayzata Boulevard, Wayzata.  For those who wish to honor her legacy please direct donations to the Humane Society, Golden Valley.

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