Marie Boone (Clegg) Johnson

September 9, 1932 - May 25, 2020
Marie Boone (Clegg) Johnson


After a long battle with complications from multiple strokes, Marie Boone (Clegg) Johnson, 87 passed away May 25, 2020. She resided at Autumn Care of Myrtle Grove nursing home. She was born September 9, 1932 in Chatham County, to Jarvis Boone and Mozelle Bryan. She is survived by her daughter Donna Blackburn, and son-in-law Mark Blackburn, of New Hanover County NC. Her two grandchildren, Matt Blackburn and his spouse Mandy, Jenna Phillips and her spouse Kyle, all residing in New Hanover County NC. Also, her brothers, Lewis Boone of Wake County and Atlas Boone of Chatham County, and the apples of her eyes, 7 beautiful great grandchildren. Lyza, Sam, Colton, Lucas, Riggin, Scarlett, and Knox.

Marie was married to Hoyt Clegg, father of Donna Blackburn, for many years until his passing.

Marie had an administrative assistant associate degree, and for many years worked as a secretary for UNC Chapel Hill. She was an avid church goer and long-term member of Chatham United Methodist, Pittsboro, NC and Sapling Ridge UMC, Siler City, NC.

Her passion was cooking for her family, and preparing meals for members of her community, that were sick or in need. There was no question, she enjoyed cutting a rug square dancing on a Saturday night, but was always singing in the choir at church on Sunday.

A private interment will be held.

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  • May 28, 2020
    Leslie Clegg McKnight says:
    My Aunt Marie was loving, kind-hearted, prim and proper, the epitome of Southern charm and manners. She was a professional woman ahead of her time. She loved her family, was always cooking something yummy and shared many recipes with my mom, her sister in law Becky Clegg, which my family still enjoy today. I’m sure Uncle Hoyt greeted her at the gates with our Lord and savior. Donna, may you and your family continue to be blessed with good memories of days past. With much love and sympathy, Leslie

  • May 28, 2020
    Bobby Jean Harvey says:
    I met Marie when my mother after her own retirement decided to help others who needed a friend as well as share time with. My mom would tell me about all their outings, lunches & many other activities together. Now and then I'd go to lunch with them or visit Marie when my mother was with her. There was rarely a time that I'd call my mother and not speak to Marie as well. Marie brought my mother many happy moments and my mother became a very close friend to her as well. She will be deeply missed & I'm grateful to had known her. My prayers and condolences to Donna and their beautiful family.

  • May 28, 2020
    Terri Thomas says:
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and family!

  • May 28, 2020
    Jenna Phillips says:
    Our family is deeply saddened at the loss of my grandma (MiMa.) She was a very kind lady who loved to cook! She would often spread her good cooking throughout her community while she prepared a full course meal for someone who was sick or for the family of a loved one that was lost. She was a true Christian and a believer of our Lord. I know she was finally dancing again when she reached the gates of heaven! We love you and will miss you and I pray that you watch over all of us and keep us safe. Until we meet again...love Jenna.

  • June 21, 2020
    Darlene (Reeves) Warren says:
    Donna- I am very sorry to hear about your Mom. I have many fond memories of her growing up! She was always such a beautiful, classy lady. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!