Margarite Johnson

Apr 4, 2018
Johnson, Margarite


11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 13, 2018 at Antioch Baptist Church (426 Sumner Street in Waterloo)


One hour prior to services at the church


Garden of Memories Cemetery


May be directed to the family at 415 Florence Street, Waterloo, IA 50703 where they will be receiving friends.


Margarite Johnson, age 76, of Waterloo, died Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

She was born July 1, 1941 in Oakland, MS, the daughter of Robert and Lillie (Carr) Love, Sr. Margarite was united in marriage with Ike Buchanan in 1967 in Waterloo and they were later divorced. She married Robert Johnson in 1989 in Waterloo and he preceded her in death.

Margarite worked as a dietary aide in the John Deere Foundry cafeteria and for the Waterloo Community Schools. She also was a senior care provider for 10 years. Margarite was an active member of Antioch Baptist Church, where she served on the Mother’s board, missions committee and sang in the Senior Choir. She was a member of the Eastern Star, volunteered for many years at the Jesse Cosby Center and was a loving mother to her family for over 59 years.

Survivors include four daughters, D’Lesia Cryer (William Miner) of Davenport, Lillie (Brian) Phillips, Veronica Buchanan (Roy Webster), and Titania Buchanan (David Harrington); a son, Larry Buchanan, all of Waterloo; 13 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren and four sisters, Katie Martin of Rock Island, IL, Evelyn Riley, Charlotte Harrington, and DeRich Austin all of Waterloo.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Robert; two sons, James and Johnnie Cryer; a daughter, Brenda Fisher; and three brothers, Robert Love, Jr. in infancy, Wyoddie Love and Warren Love.

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  1. Annette Redman | Apr 14, 2018
    Mrs. Johnson radiated the love of Christ with her every breath.  Her kindness touched my life and she always wanted me to come visit her church.  I can hear her right now saying, "Our hearts and our doors are always open".  Rest in the loving arms of Jesus, Margarite.  Well done, good and faithful servant!
  2. GIFT OF LIFE MINISTRIES | Apr 11, 2018

    CONDOLENCE     1 Thess. 5:23 - And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.     

    To the family of Margarite Johnson:    

    We, the Family of Gift of Life Church want to assure you that you will be in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time. We know the same God who has helped you with past trials, will be ever present during this one as well. May you find assurance in His word, strength in His presence and comfort in His love.  We will be praying for you, and trusting that God will be your portion and help, as well as comfort your entire family.  

    Yours in Christ,

    Bishop Brian E. Hill and the Gift of Life Church Family

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