Mardell Johnson was called home March 17, 2018 to be with the Lord. Mardell was a loving wife, mother and grandmother among other things and will always be remembered as that. While not a Montana native she took to the beauty of this peaceful place and called it her home. Mardell was born July 22, 1949 to Harold and Emma Tillock (of Illinois). After receiving her master’s in childhood education, she began her journey teaching in Illinois. She then relocated to Arizona where she met her husband and love of her life Scott Johnson. Although she never had children of her own she quickly and lovingly took in 5 children to which she called hers. After 28 plus years of teaching she retired to spend time with her family. She was a very devout Christian and never let her faith waiver even through the toughest times. She conquered many illnesses and struggles and was always beautiful in doing it. With her faithful and caring husband by her side she took on the world. She was still young but lived a life full of so many experiences and so much love. She is preceded in death by her mother (Emma), father (Harold), brother (Kenneth) and niece (Lynette). She is survived by her husband (Scott), children: Scott Jr (Dillon), Eon (Arizona), Allaryce (Dillon), Brittany (Butte), and Gavin (Anaconda), grandchildren: Emma, Carsyn, and Finley (daughters of Allaryce), Atley (son of Eon), Zachariah (son of Brittany) and Liandra (daughter of Gavin) and siblings Ray Tillock (Illinois) and Carolyn McCabe (Tennessee). A celebration of life will be determined at a later date. You can cry because she is gone or you can smile because she lived. You can close your eyes and pray that she will come back or you can open you eyes and see all that she has left. Your heart can be empty because you can not see her or you can be full of the love that you have shared. You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday. You can remember her and only that she is gone or you can cherish her memory and let her live on. You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back or you can do what she would have wanted: Smile, Open your eyes, Love and Go on!