Elizabeth “Lib” Mace Johnson died peacefully on March 24th in her home surrounded by love from family members.
Lib was born in Beaufort, NC, on September 30, 1925, to Maybelle Carrow and William Arendell Mace. She attended Beaufort schools where she graduated salutatorian. At the age of 16, she attended the Women’s College in Greensboro for two years, followed by UNC Chapel Hill where she graduated in 1946 with a BA degree in English. While at Chapel Hill she was a member of Tri-Delta sorority and was very involved in their numerous activities.
In 1947, Lib married the love of her life, Colonel James Duncan Johnson Jr., USMC. They were married for 68 wonderful years before he passed away in 2015. They raised seven children in different locations all over the world; James Duncan Johnson III of Morehead City, Jan Johnson Luzadder (husband Bill) of Havelock, Liz Johnson Burke of Beaufort, Terry Mace Johnson McGowan of Washington, D.C., Kit Johnson Parks of Morehead City, Ken Sloane Johnson (fiancee Nancy) of Arlington, Virginia, Borden Mace Johnson (wife Tara) of Arlington, Virginia. In addition, she had 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren who brought her great joy.
Lib will be remembered by her devoted children as a most loving and caring mother. She played the piano beautifully, and when someone once asked her what her favorite music was, Lib answered, “Mom, I’m home!”, a sound she heard often with seven children returning home from school every day, year after year. Lib said her children’s voices were music to her ears.
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