Johnson, Mary Katherine Choate Cal. State University Librarian

CALIFORNIA, Santa Rosa – MARY KATHERINE CHOATE JOHNSON, 60, passed away February 1, 2010, in Santa Rosa. She was born April 18, 1939, in Watonga, Oklahoma.


    Kay was a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. She graduated salutatorian from Gray High School in Idabel, Oklahoma, and earned her bachelor’s degree from Eastern Oklahoma State University and master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Oklahoma. She taught high school on Molokai, Hawaii, for a year and served in the Army Special Service as a librarian in Nuremburg and Darmstadt, Germany for 2 and a half years.

She was a staff librarian at California State University-Hayward, at Mandeville School in Jamaica and at the public libraries in St. Cloud, Minnesota, and Santa Rosa before serving twenty years as the librarian at Santa Rosa Junior High. She retired in 1998. Kay belonged to American Association of University Women, Story Tellers’ Club and women’s groups at First United Methodist Church in Santa Rosa where she was a member. Her interests were travel and hiking, storytelling, reading, playing piano and attending concerts. Kay loved good conversation, rich vocabulary, and nurtured her many, long friendships going back to childhood days. (Bishinik, March 2010)

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