FROM STAFF REPORTS
MACKINAC ISLAND, Michigan — A 79-year-old Llano woman died June 7 on a Michigan resort island after she fell from the bicycle she was riding and was hit by a horse-drawn carriage.
According to the Michigan State Police, Effie “Gail” Johnson was riding a bicycle on Main Street when she apparently lost control. Johnson then fell under a horse-drawn carriage.
Johnson was transported to the Mackinac Island Medical Center, where she died. Her body was transported to Grand Rapids, Michigan, for an autopsy.
Mackinac Island is located in Lake Huron just off the tip of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Though it has a handful of year-round residents, Mackinac (pronounced Mack-i-naw) Island is known for tourism during the spring through fall. Two of the most popular ways of getting around the island are by bicycle and horse-drawn carriages.
Johnson was born in Llano on Feb. 10, 1937, to Thomas and Jewel Gregory. She went on to graduate from Llano High School before attending Southwest Texas State Teachers College (now Texas State University) in San Marcos. She married Don Ross “Dugan” Johnson in 1955.
The couple moved a bit, raising their family in Mason, Plainview, Hereford, Alpine and Uvalde before returning to Llano in 2003.
Gail Johnson taught elementary school. She was an active member of Lutie Watkins Memorial Methodist Church and a Master Gardener, a bridge player and a community volunteer.
And she loved to travel. Johnson was vacationing with friends on Mackinac Island when the accident occurred.
A celebration of life was June 12 at Lutie Watkins Memorial Methodist Church with a brief graveside service at Oxford Cemetery.