Irene Johnson Maron
Irene Johnson Maron, age 91, passed peacefully in her sleep Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, the 25th anniversary of the death of her husband Pete. They are now resting together.
Irene was born in Los Angeles on March 12, 1922 to her Swedish parents, Linus Johnson and Esther Sandeen Johnson. Irene was a bilingual child, speaking both Swedish and English. Musically gifted, Irene began piano instruction at an early age. The piano was to be a life-long passion.
She graduated from Manual Orta High School and entered UCLA. Her studies were interrupted by World War II, when she joined the war effort, working for North American Aviation. After the war she returned to UCLA, graduating in 1947. Upon graduating, Irene worked at the Los Angeles County Juvenile Hall for two years before accepting a teaching position at what was Hot Creek School, which later became Mammoth Elementary School. She taught all grades, first through eighth. Her fondest memories were the light operattas the students performed under her direction. Irene was both teacher and principal until her retirement in 1981.
With her husband Pete, she enjoyed building a life at Crowley Lake. She enjoyed gardening, cooking and learning Spanish. She especially enjoyed hosting the Maron-Marcellin family reunions held each summer in her yard. She acquired many friends, including those in the Mexican community.
Irene was a past president of the Mammoth District Women’s Club, as well as being involved in many community organizations. In 1968, she was elected to the newly formed Board of Directors of Mammoth Hospital, a position she held for 10 years. She was proud to have cut the ribbon to break ground for the building of the hospital. She also spent eight years as secretary to the Board of the Long Valley Fire District.
Irene is survived by here daughter, Nanci Hoppler of Colfax; granddaughter, August Hoppler of Oakland; stepdaughter, Trudy Fry of Oregon; and brother, Wes Johnson of Washington.
A memorial service celebrating Irene’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 at Brune Mortuary Chapel, 325 W. Elm St. in Bishop. Douglas Marcellin will officiate.