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Joan Marie Johnson

Published: 10/27/2018 3:00:00 AM
Modified: 10/27/2018 3:00:15 AM

Thetford, Vt. — Joan Marie Johnson, 83, of Thetford, died in comfort Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, at home on Thanksgiving Farm, after a brief experience with pancreatic cancer.

Joan leaves a blended family of eight children; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and her beloved husband, Charles Johnson.

Joan was born on Sept. 30, 1935, in Amsterdam, N.Y., and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston University. She was a joyful, innovative artist. Her favorite medium was three-dimensional “box art,” evocative story-filled vignette motifs that she created for family and friends, usually with touches of her favorite color, lavender.

Joan enjoyed hikes through the woods at Thanksgiving Farm, with her favorite Bernese Mountain Dog, Rumi. She was known for her extensive vegetable and flower gardens, and for her talents as a gourmet cook.

Joan was also an accomplished collector and dealer of exquisite rustic antiques, which she displayed and sold for many years at her shop in Quechee, Vt. Her favorite art items often found their way into the couple’s home, making every nook and corner glow with loving charm and grace.

Joan enjoyed visiting New York City, where in earlier years she was a skilled competitor in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, winning numerous ribbons in the Terrier Breed category. One of Joan’s favorite stops in Manhattan was the Carlyle Hotel, where she enjoyed high tea and jazz between visits to a variety of shopping destinations.

Joan’s other favorite pilgrimages included Salzburg, and Vienna, Austria, where she and Charles enjoyed the annual Vienna Philharmonic New Year’s Concert, and Caneel Bay Resort on St. Johns in the U.S. Virgin Islands, to unwind amid pleasant Caribbean breezes, melodies, and sunsets.

Her children are Joan “Joanie” Beneduce of Las Vegas, Nev.; John McNear of Darien, Conn.; Lawrence Johnson of Ewa Beach, Oahu, Hawaii; Claude Johnson of Greenwich, Conn.; Claire Johnson Fay of Alexandria, Va.; Christina Johnson of Mill Valley, Calif.; and Charles “Charlie” Johnson of Nürnberg, Germany.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Messages of condolence may be expressed to Joan’s family in an online guestbook at

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