Lucille W. (Whitney) Johnson, 85

Lucille W. (Whitney) Johnson, 85, of Bridgton, passed away peacefully at Bridgton Hospital in the early morning on May 24, 2016, after an acute illness with Kathy by her side.

Lucille was the fifth child born to Alphonso and Laura (Newcomb) Whitney on Sept. 5, 1930, in South Portland. Lucille spent most of her formative years in North Yarmouth and graduated from North Yarmouth Academy in 1948.

After graduating from high school Lucille worked for Farley Glass Company. While at Farley Glass she met the love of her life! They were married in 1950. Other than for a short time they made South Portland their home for 19 years. It was there they brought their two children Kathy and James into the world. Lucille was very active in South Portland School’s Parent Teacher’s Association and served in numerous capacities at People’s United Methodist Church.

Lucille was a natural peacemaker and loved everyone. She simply loved all things family! Nieces and nephews and brothers and sisters meant the world to her. Her friends are countless. No one loved people more than Lucille.

Lucille returned to the work force when she was 30 and worked at Eastern Musical Supply and then the Maine Bankers Association, retiring in her late fifties. Oh how she loved her banking family and her work at the Association.

Lucille had many talents and interests besides being the best mom in the world. Her nieces and nephews say she was pretty good at being an Auntie, too! Lucille loved sewing, quilting, crocheting, knitting, rug hooking, and needlepointing. She did it all and she did it well. Lucille was a fabulous cook and baker. Flowers! She loved gardening. Her gardens were full of color and beauty. Her talents were endless. Yet it was her heart that touched so many. Lucille lived a life of giving and caring. Lucille lived to share her loving heart every day of her life.

Lucille was predeceased by her soul mate, Mahlon of 64 years, her parents Alphonso and Laura Whitney, her brother Herbert and sisters Bertha and Thelma. She is survived by her daughter Kathy and son James; her son-in-law Ronald Dyer, whom she thanked daily for the past two and half years for caring for her at home so that she could remain at home. She also leaves her siblings, Elmer, Alton, Stanley, Nellie and Warren; and her daughter-in-law Debra. Lucille leaves her grandchildren, Sarah Dyer Wood, Amy Dyer Grace and Nicholas Johnson and their wonderful spouses; her great-grandchildren Ryan and Emily Wood and Penelope Johnson who she loved a bushel and a peck; and numerous loving nieces and nephews and friends who meant the world to her; as well as her special surrogate children as she called them, Jerre, Lisa and Karen.

The family gives special thanks to Lucille’s medical provider and friend, Dr. Suzanne Dater, MD, for her exceptional medical care and her friendship. A special thank you to all the outstanding nurses and technical staff at Bridgton Hospital. Mom received the best of care. The family thanks Chandler Funeral Homes for their professional, thoughtful and caring ways. A special thank you to Lucille’s CNA, Darleen Morgan, and her very special volunteer, Betty Philips.

A Celebration of Lucille’s life will be held at Bridgton United Methodist Church, 214 Main Street Bridgton, on Saturday, June 25th at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Lucille W. Johnson, Nursing Scholarship Fund c/o The Development Office, Bridgton Hospital, 10 Hospital Drive, Bridgton, ME 04009.

Arrangements are in the care of the Chandler Funeral Home, 8 Elm St., Bridgton. Words of condolence and tribute may be shared with Lucille’s family at www.chandlerfunerals.com

 

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