Obituary for Gloria Johnson
Gloria Duncan (Smith) Johnson formerly of Cotuit, MA passed away Wednesday January 11, 2017 at her son Bruce Johnson’s residence in Mesa, AZ with her family by her side. Born in Detroit, MI on November 23, 1921 she was the daughter of the late George Walter Smith and Doris Elizabeth (Hayne) Smith; growing up with twin sister Patricia (Smith) Merriman and her brother Walter E. Smith. She is predeceased by her husband of forty-five years Winthrop Bruce Johnson and daughter Lauren Lee Johnson.
Our loving mother is survived by son W. Bruce Johnson and his wife Linda M. Johnson of Mesa, AZ; daughter Janice Lee Johnson of Ashburnham, MA; son Richard Walter Johnson and his wife Louise Johnson of South Amboy, NJ; brother-in-law Howard Norman Kane of Foxboro, MA and sister-in-law Virginia (Johnson) VanderPyl of Seattle, WA. She leaves seven grandchildren, their wives and husbands; twelve great grandchildren, four great, great grandchildren, two nieces and one nephew.
As a young adult growing up in MI she experienced many highlights. She was a fashion model for Winkelman’s Dept. Store in Detroit. At Cooley High School where she graduated in 1939 she was on the varsity tennis team, a chorus member in an a Capella choir, directed the girls triple trio singers and a member of the National Honor Society. While enjoying summer activities on the shores of Lake Michigan she was a model for Chris-Craft boating company of Algonac, MI.
She met Win Johnson on a hiking trip while he was stationed outside of Detroit in the US Army. They were married in early 1944. They moved to Medfield, MA where they raised their children and remained for over twenty years. Gloria worked in the school cafeteria, was a Girl Scout Brownie troop leader, a church organist for the Unitarian Church, a secretary at Dover-Sherborn Regional Schools and a secretary for Walker Manufacturing in Medfield. She was also a professional 10-pin bowling travel league member representing Hollywood Lanes of Norwood, MA.
They moved to Cotuit, MA in 1971. She was employed by Barnstable High School in Hyannis, MA for the next thirty years until she retired in 2000. Gloria worked in many positons throughout the years including secretary, administrative assistant and purchasing. She was a true fan of the school team, the “Red Raiders”. Her fondest memories were of her peers/friends that made lasting relationships long after she retired. Many will remember the “lunch bunch 1 and lunch bunch 2” parties and laugh.
Gloria loved her family first and foremost. She hosted numerous gatherings at her Cape Cod home and in earlier years at the summer cottage at West Island, Fairhaven, MA. She enjoyed golf, bowling, playing cards (which included a once in a lifetime Bridge game “Grand Slam”), classical music, live theater, reading, N.E. sports teams, traveling and cats. She spent many hours playing and listening to her favorite instrument the pipe organ.
She is dearly loved and will be truly missed but in our hearts forever to make us smile.
A service to celebrate Gloria’s life will be held on Sat., April 22nd at 1pm with a reception following.
Donations may be made to the American Kidney Foundation, www.kidneyfund.org. Burial will be private at Vine Lake Cemetery in Medfield. Cards may be sent at this time C/O Roberts-Mitchell Funeral Home, P.O. Box 302, Medfield, MA 02052.