The Union Recorder


December 4, 2013

Martha Dumas Johnson

MILLEDGEVILLE — Martha Dumas Johnson of Milledgeville died Nov. 29, 2013.

The daughter of T.B. and Annabel Dumas she was born at home in Maypop Cottage in Milledgeville on Dec. 23, 1923. She attended Peabody High School and graduated from Georgia State College for Women in 1944. In 1946, she married architect John Elwyn Johnson of West Chester, Penn., and over the next 60 years the couple made their home in Macon, and after 1961, in Milledgeville.

Best remembered as a devoted educator, Mrs. Johnson taught hundreds of kindergarten children for more than 50 years in Macon and Milledgeville. She started the preschool programs at First United Methodist Church and First Baptist Church and was the director and a teacher. She was a member of First United Methodist Church for more than 70 years.

Mrs. Johnson served as president of the WSCS, chairperson of the Staff Parish Relations Committee, member of the Board of Trustees and as a member of the Relocation Committee for the new church facility in 2003. She was the Baldwin County Mother of the Year in 1975, regent of the Nancy Hart Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a candidate for County Commissioner in 1980, and was active in the Baldwin County Democratic Party. A survivor of polio, Mrs. Johnson remained committed to the Mothers’ March Against Polio and the March of Dimes throughout her life and served as chairperson of the 1962 Mothers’ March for Bibb County.

In 1966, when the historic 1825 Brown-Stetson-Sanford House was threatened with destruction, Mr. and Mrs. Johnson raised money to relocate the house and worked to ensure its renovation. She was an avid bridge player and a member of local bridge and duplicate bridge clubs.

Mrs. Johnson was preceded in death by her husband.

She is survived by: her daughters, Dr. Amy Johnson Wright (Joe) of Milledgeville and Beth Johnson Salet (Mike) of Atlanta; five grandchildren Dr. Beth Wright Cooper of Macon, Taylor Wright (Melanie) of Smyrna, Ashley Wright Dolce (James) of Augusta, Windsor Salet Adams (Richard) of Atlanta and Lindsay Salet Mumm (Donovan) of Prairie Village, Kan.; and nine great-grandchildren, Madison and Sophia Wright, Trip and Harrison Cooper, Turner Dolce, Fuller, Reid, and Merriwether Adams and Anabel Mumm.

Family visitation will be Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 5-7 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home. Her funeral, a service of celebration, will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at First United Methodist Church on Log Cabin Road.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund, Georgia’s Old Capital Museum for the preservation of the Brown-Stetson-Sanford House or to the Mothers’ March of the March of Dimes.

Please express online condolences at

Williams Funeral Home and Crematory of Milledgeville has charge of arrangements.


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