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Marilyn M. Johnson; teacher

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Saturday, October 16, 2010; 10:36 PM

Marilyn M. Johnson, 80, who taught students with learning disabilities at a private school, died Sept. 23 at Suburban Hospital of an abdominal hemorrhage.

Mrs. Johnson began teaching in the 1970s and spent 16 years at the Norwood School, a private elementary and middle school in Bethesda.

Marilyn Bliss Meuth was born in Bowling Green, Ky. She moved with her family to Washington as a child and graduated from Wilson High School.

She was a 1952 graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman's College (now Randolph College) in Lynchburg, Va., where she majored in Latin and Greek. She later did graduate work in special education at American University.

Mrs. Johnson worked for a forerunner of the National Security Agency for two years before her marriage in 1954.

She then spent a year in Ireland, where she studied art history at Trinity College, Dublin. She later lived in Cambridge, Mass., before returning to the Washington area in 1958.

Mrs. Johnson was a skilled watercolor artist and sold her works at the Yellow Barn Studio in Glen Echo. She was a docent for many years at the National Gallery of Art.

She also wove rugs, oversaw the building of an addition on her family home in Bethesda and participated in annual bird surveys.

She was a member of Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church in the District.

Survivors include her husband of 56 years, R. Tenney Johnson of Bethesda; three children, Ross Johnson of Laurel, Lenore "Lee" Sprague of Richmond and Jocelyn Warren of Rockville; and seven grandchildren.

- Matt Schudel

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