Mary Louise (Buckley) Johnson

  • Born: September 20, 1940
  • Died: February 3, 2020
  • Location: Melrose, Massachusetts

Gately Funeral Home

79 West Foster Street
Melrose, MA 02176

Tel. (781) 665-1949

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

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Mary Louise (Buckley) Johnson died at the Kaplan Family Hospice House on February 3, 2020. She was 79 years of age. Mary Louise was born in Peabody on September 20, 1940 to the late Cornelius & Marguerite (McDermott) Buckley. She was raised in Melrose, graduated from St. Mary's Grammar School, and St. Mary's High School. She was a 1962 graduate of Salem State University and was extremely proud of following her mother into a teaching degree as well as being her daughter. Mary Louise was a respected teacher and vice principal for over 48 years at St. Mary's School in Melrose. A seventy year resident of Melrose she also enjoyed spending summers on Half Moon Lake in Alton, NH for over 50 years. Mrs. Johnson received several awards thru her career but two stood out the most for her; Melrose Teacher of Excellence Award and the Christa McAuliffe Award "I Reach the Stars". She will be missed by a host of friends, colleagues and students that she taught and worked with throughout her 48 years career as a teacher and vice principal at St. Mary's in Melrose. Mary Louise loved her frequent trips to Bermuda and Europe and she visited over 25 countries with her husband Carl right by her side. She was the beloved wife of 54 years to Carl Johnson. Wonderful mother of Paul Johnson & his wife Jane of Melrose & North Conway and Maureen Johnson of Saugus. Cherished grandmother of Olivia, Sydney, Sophia & Ava. Also survived by many close co-workers & friends. Visitation will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose on Friday, February 7, 2020 from 4:00-8:00PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary Church, 9 Herbert St. Melrose on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 10:00AM. Interment at St. Mary's Cemetery in Salem. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend. Memorial contributions may be made in Mary Louise's name to St. Mary's School, 4 Myrtle St. Melrose, MA 02176.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Maureen so sorry to see this notice, please know my heart goes out to
You and your family

Posted by Pauline Perno - Revere, MA - Friend   July 05, 2020

Sending all of my love to the Johnson family. Mrs. Johnson will forever be remembered as an outstanding teacher and inspiration to me and my classmates. She always went above and beyond and it was such a treat to see her anytime I came back home. We'll miss you terribly Mrs. Johnson.

Posted by Sarah Peterson - Washington, DC - Student   February 12, 2020

My sincerest condolences to Mary Lous family and all who knew her! She will be dearly missed!

Posted by Joe Mobilia - Sagamore Beach - acquaintance   February 08, 2020

Mrs. Johnson was one of the kindest souls one could ever wish to meet. She was thoughtful and compassionate in everything she did. I had the privilege of having Mrs. Johnson as my teacher in fourth grade, in 2009, and every time I have seen her since, she would smile and greet me like family. Her love and acceptance of every single person should serve as an example of what it is to be a true Christian.

Posted by Sara D'Antona - Wakefield, MA - Student   February 07, 2020

To Maureen and your family-
Mrs. Johnson was a pivotal part of my children's early lives. She was an amazingly great educator who led by kindness. May she rest in eternal peace.

Kathleen, David and Maddie Liakos

Posted by Kathleen McNamara Liakos - Wakefield, MA - Family Friend   February 07, 2020

Dear Carl, Paul, and Maureen,
For the past 46 years, my life has been blessed by God with Mary Lou's friendship. She was my colleague, my mentor, and my big sister. Although I am sad, I am so grateful that almost my entire life was blessed with her presence. Of one thing I am certain: we all have a beautiful, kind saint in Heaven watching over all of us now as she did here on Earth.
Know that I am here if you need anything at all.
With much love and many prayers, Mark

Posted by Mark Flint - Melrose, MA - Friend   February 07, 2020

Dear Johnson family,
I was sad to hear of Mary Lou's passing. We attended St. Mary's school together.
She was a wonderful, gentle lady adn she will be sorely missed. Our prayers are for you and your families.
Frank McNamara

Posted by Francis McNamara - Rockport, MA - Classmate   February 05, 2020

I'm so sorry to hear of Mrs. Johnson's passing. She was such a kind and caring woman. She will be missed.

Posted by Elizabeth Mcnamara Liwo - Melrose, MA   February 05, 2020

Dear Johnson Family,

It is with sadness that I learned Mary Lou's passing, I have known her for many years with my association with St. Mary's School. Mary Lou was an exceptional teacher and the heart and soul of the St Mary School community loved by all her students and the school staff.
My sympathy and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Frank Garvey, Melrose, MA

Posted by Frank Garvey - Melrosee, MA - Friend   February 05, 2020

Dear Johnson Family,

It is with sadness that I learned Mary Lou's passing, I have known her for many years with my association with St. Mary's School. Mary Lou was an exceptional teacher and the heart and soul of the St Mary School community loved by all her students and the school staff.
My sympathy and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Frank Garvey, Melrose, MA

Posted by Frank Garvey - Melrosee, MA - Friend   February 05, 2020

Caleigh Murphy (current St Mary's student) and I offer our prayers and support to Mary Lou's family. We shall never forget her kindness and her enduring dedication to St. Mary's School.

Posted by Patricia Devine - Melrose, MA - Acquaintance   February 05, 2020

My sincere condolences. Mrs. Johnson made such a positive impact on our children during their St. Mary years and our family. Her kindness, encouragement and unselfishness were inspiring and won't be forgotten. The Johnson family are in my prayers.

Posted by John Paladino - Melrose, MA - Acquaintance   February 05, 2020

Dear Carl, Maureen and Paul,
We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Mary Lou.
I had a wonderful conversation with her just after Christmas.
Fred and I are in Austin visiting Richie and his new wife Kerbey,
but our hearts are there with you.
Please accept our sincere condolence and prayers.
She was a great lady and will be greatly missed.
All our love.
Nancy, Fred and Richie Pittenger

Posted by Nancy Pittenger - Jackson, NH - Acquaintance   February 04, 2020

So very sorry foe your loss. We have lived across the street for 8 years and every Easter we wouls see her looking out the window and then on to the porch to see my daughter picking up Easter eggs. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers

Posted by Kim Lyall - Melrose - Neighbor   February 04, 2020

Rest In Peace Mrs. Johnson

Posted by Kenny Lynch - Tampa, FL   February 04, 2020

mrs johnson helped out and filled various jobs for nine years with me while attending saint mary's school. she taught my dad, matthew, and my whole family has enjoyed every conversation with her. she is such a kind and bubbly woman who was always up to talk to me. i love her with all my heart and hope that she did not suffer through any days. she played such a big part of saint mary's and everyone will miss her deeply. she could always put a smile on my face and make me laugh. mrs johnson is such a classy woman and always looked her best at school. every clothing item she owned fit her to a tee and she always looked beautiful. me, my family, and the whole saint mary's community will miss her and she will never be forgotten.

Posted by Jude Lowery - Melrose, AR - Student   February 04, 2020

Mary Lou May you Rest In Peace . If anyone deserves a place in Heaven it is you . You lived a life of totally unselfish devotion to your family and your profession where you were beloved by all who came in contact with you . I send my deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to your family .Tou will be missed sorely by countless people .

Posted by Margaret O'Brien - West Dennis, MA - Friend   February 04, 2020

It is with great sadness that I learn of Mrs. Johnson's passing. As a student (4th grade SMS) I will always remember her kindness and her great love of teaching. She always took her time to help or encourage you and I am grateful to her for all of the guidance she gave to so many young people. She leaves a truly wonderful legacy behind in all of those students she taught along the way and of course her loving family. The world is a little darker today having lost her. I will treasure the memories I have and always remember the smile and embrace that lit up a room when I would see her.
All of my love and prayers to her family and friends. Thank you Mrs. Johnson for reminding us what enduring kindness is.


Posted by Michael Greski - Melrose, MA - Student   February 04, 2020

Thank you for being such a graceful and dedicated educator. You will be missed but your legacy of kindness and spirituality lives on in all the students you taught.

Posted by Patricia Corrigan - Melrose, MA   February 04, 2020

The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable. Please feel free to call on us at anytime as we are always available to you.

Posted by John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - Melrose, MA   February 04, 2020

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