Marlys Joanne Johnson

August 30, 1937 - April 26, 2020

On Sunday, April 26th, Marlys Joanne Johnson went to be with our Lord after battling cancer for almost 3 years. A loving, sweet, caring woman who dedicated her life to mission work in Colombia, she will be missed by so many in multiple generations of family and friends in the 3 countries she called home. 

Marlys was born August 30, 1937 and spent most of her childhood in Canada as a pastor’s kid. She was predeceased by her parents Hjalmer and Violet Peterson, her sisters Donna and Margot. Marlys is survived by her brothers Ronald (Marilyn) and John (Carol), her husband Richard of 59 years, her 6 children Kristin Baly (Steven), Kirk (Carolyn), Andrew (Sandra), Karla Pollard, Matthew (Dorene) and Nathaniel, 11 grandchildren Nisse Hoge (Robert), Mari Parga (Francisco), Erik Baly (Samantha), Kirk Baly (Nicole), Gavin, Landon, Griffin, Caden, Alex, Kevin, Natalia and 13 great grandchildren Violet, Daisy, Olive, Joaquin, Belen, Marcelo, Ezequiel, Miriam, Martha, Ezra, Uriah, Jedidiah and Adalyn.

Due to pandemic restrictions, a closed private service for immediate family will be held at Moss Family Funeral Home in Batavia, IL on Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 1 PM with internment to immediately follow at Westside Cemetery in Batavia. 

A live Facebook stream will be available on the Moss Facebook page at 1 PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Church of the Good Shepherd (Diaconate Fund) at 2437 Plainfield Rd, Joliet, IL 60435 or online HERE

Guest Book

  • Martha Olive Thinking of the whole family now-especially Uncle Dick and the kids! Jim and I were blessed by the service. Aunt Marlys really is a special lady! I remember her for her love of Jesus and people, which she expressed beautifully! So glad I will see her again! Love to you, Martha
  • Eugenio Restrepo Y cuando muere alguien tan especial como fue Marlys, algo de nosotros también muere con ella, pero sabemos que un día nos sentaremos a la mesa con ella para compartir nuestras esperanzas, nuestros goces y recuerdos en el camino de la vida. Hasta pronto amiga. Paz a Richard, sus hijos, nietos y amigos de Colombia. Eugenio y Pia Restrepo
  • David and Denise Green Richard and all your family, We extend our deepest sympathy and prayers of comfort for all of you in the passing of this incredible woman of God. I wish that we could be there at the service today, and am sorry that you will not have the chance to hear the stories from all of your friends about how much Marlys meant to us all. May God comfort you today and in the days ahead. Peace be to Marlys' memory.
  • Bradley Bohlin Johnson family. Sorry to hear of your loss. May you know the comfort and peace from above. Thinking of you. Brad and family.
  • Kathy Archer Kristin and family, I am so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful life and legacy your mother left for your family. I pray God will send you the grace and comfort to sustain you as you grieve this loss.