Mary Ellen Johnson, 89, born to Elmer W. and Frances Johnson on Nov. 7, 1918, in Casper, Wyo., passed away Dec. 2, 2007. She graduated from Natrona County High School of Casper, Stephens College and Iowa State University and received her Masters from Kansas State University. Mary Ellen lived in Pueblo since 1951, retired from Colorado State Hospital as a Director of Dietetic Internship and was a consultant for the VA hospital in Ft. Lyon. She was a national secretary and treasurer for the American Dietetic Association, held state offices in Colorado Dietetic Association and Pueblo Dietetic Association. Her honors include, Who's Who in American Women, Who's Who in the West, Colorado Dietitian of the year in 1979, deacon and elder of First Presbyterian Church and member of Chapter CG, P.E.O. She also volunteered for Cooperative Care Center and Parkview Hospital. There will be no viewing. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service, 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7, 2007, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel with the Reverend Dr. Brad Munroe officiating. Those who desire may make memorials to Villa Pueblo Foundation or Southern Colorado Community Foundation through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, Colo. 81003. Online condolences, MontgomerySteward, com

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  1. I grew up with Mary Ellen because she was my Mother’s friend (Helen Pachak). They were both dietitians and belonged to the Pueblo Dietians Association. I remember Christmas parties and Food Fairs. I cherish my worn recipe books with recipes from Mary Ellen, my Mother and other members of that era including Ada Beth Bragg, Cora Kusner, Iladelle Brandenburg and Mr. Lomax. Although many of my memories are through the eyes of a child, Mary Ellen inspired me with her beautiful china painting and collection of antique paper dolls. Georgia Gray

  2. As a student at Pueblo Jr. College, I worked 2 summers at Colo. St. Hospital (1958 and 59)…..I met Mary Ellen at that time. She was a very special person. I went on to become a dietitian and retired from Indian Health Service in 1994. I always remember knowing her at the hospital.

    My prayers go to the friends and family.

    Madeline Jennings

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