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Marlayne Johnson Domyahn

Friday, July 14, 2017

Daughter of Clarence R. and Dorothy (Calander) Johnson, was born December 18, 1936, in Isanti County, MN graduate of North Branch High School in 1954. Graduate of Lutheran Bible Institute, Seattle, WA, in 1959. Marlayne’s career was as a lay staff worker and Associate In Ministry in the ELCA. She served parishes in Portland, OR, Staten Island, NY, Minneapolis, MN, and Hallock, MN. Also served as secretary to the Director of Holden Village, Rev. Carroll Hinderlie and to Bishop Roland Payne of the Lutheran Church in Liberia, West Africa where she spent 7 ½ years. Worked at the Division of World Mission & Ecumenism, for the Lutheran Church in America , New York, NY, assisting missionaries with travel documentation for  going overseas. Marlayne also served as Staff Director at Mt. Carmel Ministries, Alexandria, MN for 2+ years.

Married Roger A. Domyahn, April 26, 1998. They made their home in Fargo, ND until moving to Edina, MN in 2009. Marlayne died July 6, 2017 at Age 80 in their home at 7500 York Cooperative in Edina, MN.

Survived by husband, Roger Domyahn; two stepsons, Nathan (Heidi) Domyahn and Mark (Lisa) Domyahn; four granddaughters, Abbey, Paige, Evonne, and Anna. Also survived by sisters, Clarice Johnson and Jackie (Paul) Lund; brothers, Delmore (Mary) Johnson and Gust (Janelle Holmvig) Johnson; several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews as well as many other relatives and friends.

Funeral Service will be held on Friday, July 14, 11 AM at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 8600 Fremont Ave, S. Bloomington, MN. Visitation will be Thursday, July 13 from 4-7 PM with a Prayer Service at 5:30 at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 9947 Lyndale Ave S, Bloomington, and 1 hour prior to service at the church. Burial at a later date at Spring Lake Lutheran Church Cemetery, North Branch, MN.

Memorials may be made to: Mt. Carmel Ministries, 800 Mt. Carmel Dr., Alexandria, MN, 56308 or Global Health Ministries, 7831 Hickory St. NE., Minneapolis, MN 55432


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Submitted by Paula Heidelman on

Rest in Peace, Marlayne. I know you will. Marlayne was the kindest person and God loving person I have met. It was a privilege to have known her and have her as a friend in my life. She continued to give me hope in my saddest hours. She had so much courage in this crazy world we live in. She will be so missed by so many and myself. Love to you, Marlayne

Submitted by Lynette on

Thank you for being my baptismal sponsor and a role model to me in so many ways; showing me how to live as an independent woman; being an example of living your faith quietly and out loud; and teaching me about peace and social justice, global humanitarianism, and service to others. I will miss you immensely. I am grateful you are no longer in pain. Forever in my heart you will be.

Submitted by Adele doiglass on

Marlayne was my favorite squash partner while we lived in Monrovia, Liberia. Also a tough opponent and one of the most faithful persona I've ever known. My family and I are so glad she was a part of our lives. She will be missed, but the model of her strong faith will stay with us.

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