Muriel Johnson gets national recogniton for work with Meals On Wheels

by: VERN UYETAKE - Muriel Johnson gets ready to make another Friday delivery trip for Meals on Wheels. Her 12 years of splendid service are receiving national attention. Muriel Johnson is happy just to deliver meals for the Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels program. She is not looking for any big applause.

But she is going to get some anyway. The Meals on Wheels Association of America has announced that Johnson is among the nominees for National Meals on Wheels Driver of the Year. Johnson has compiled a record of service that could not be ignored.

She delivered her first meal 12 years ago at age 77. Now, 89 years old, Johnson said, “The big 9-0 birthday is coming up in October.”

Maybe so, but Johnson shows no signs of slowing down.

Johnson has spent a lot of her life helping people. She was a volunteer at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Portland. After her husband passed away due to a heart attack, Johnson decided to get back in the saddle of service.

“I remembered that my first daughter delivered Meals on Wheels 30 years ago, and she took along her own daughter with her,” Johnson said. “I thought if she can do it, I can do it. I’ll give it a try.”

Johnson tried it, and she loved it.

“I work every Friday,” she said. “The people I deliver to are just delightful. It has been so much fun getting acquainted with them. I still deliver to some of the same people as when I started 12 years ago.”

Johnson was happy when Ann Adrian, manager of the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center, called to inform her of the honor. But she was not so much happy for herself as happy for how the attention she receives can help the Meals on Wheels program — she will receive $1,000 for the LO meals program if she wins the national award.

“If I can get publicity, other people might become interested,” Johnson said. “Two hours a week are not too much to give to your community. It is really rewarding and they always need help.”

People can help Johnson win the top honor by voting for her on the Facebook page for the Meals on Wheels Association of America at

by: VERN UYETAKE - Muriel Johnson gets ready to make a delivery trip for Meals on Wheels in Lake Oswego.

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