OBITUARY

Frances Celia Johnson

January 21, 1924February 20, 2021
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Frances C. Johnson, 97, passed away peacefully and surrounded by family at home in Orono on Saturday, February 20, 2021. Frances was born in New Hampton, New Hampshire on January 21, 1924 to George and Lucy (Bowles) Copp.

She was predeceased by her husband, Francis A Johnson; daughter Eileen Walton and her husband Lewis; her sisters Thelma Needs and Josie Amendola; and her brother George Copp.

She is survived by daughters, Laraine Campbell and husband Dick of Prescott Valley Arizona and Leslie Johnson-Wright and husband Bob of Orono Maine, with whom she made her home; and her sister, Eunice Dyer of Orono Maine.

She is also survived by grandson, Michael Campbell and wife Meg of Prescott Valley Arizona; granddaughters Terri Lynn Stull and husband Jim of Walkersville Maryland, and Lisa Zimmerman and husband Luke of Hagerstown Maryland; grandson Paul Walton and wife Annette of Clovis New Mexico; and grandson Michael Boucher. She had six great- grandchildren, Danny, Alex, Jaime, Amanda, Tyler and Chase and one great-great- grandson Donald.

Frances was a 75-year member of the United Methodist Church (now Rainbow UMC) on Washington Ave in Portland Me. She held many leadership roles in the church and her strong faith was an inspiration to many.

The family invites you to a time of visitation Monday March 1 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St, Portland ME. A Service will be celebrated on Tuesday March 2nd at 11:00am at Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home followed by a committal service at Brooklawn Memorial Park on Congress St. in Porltand. All COVID guidelines will be followed and masks will be required at all times.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Rainbow United Methodist Church, 618 Washington Ave, Portland Maine; the American Cancer Society; or the Maine Public Broadcasting Network.

  • FAMILY

  • George Copp, Father (deceased)
  • Lucy (Bowles) Copp, Mother (deceased)
  • Francis A. Johnson, Husband (deceased)
  • Eileen Walton (Lewis Walton), Daughter (deceased)
  • Thelma Needs, Sister (deceased)
  • Josie Amendola, Sister (deceased)
  • George Copp, Brother (deceased)
  • Laraine Campbell (Dick Campbell), Daughter
  • Leslie Johnson-Wright (Bob Wright), Daughter
  • Eunice Dyer, Sister
  • Michael Campbell (Meg Campbell), Grandson
  • Terri Lynn Stull (Jim Stull), Granddaughter
  • Lisa Zimmerman (Luke Zimmerman), Granddaughter
  • Paul Walton (Annette Walton), Grandson
  • Michael Boucher, Grandson
  • She had six great- grandchildren, Danny, Alex, Jaime, Amanda, Tyler and Chase and one great-great- grandson Donald.
  • DONATIONS

  • Rainbow United Methodist Church

Services

  • Visiting Hours

    Monday, March 1, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, March 2, 2021

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  • Committal Service

    Tuesday, March 2, 2021

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Wayne McGinty

March 5, 2021

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Laraine Campbell

March 3, 2021

Covid kept us apart this year, but my love for you is never ending. Thank you for such a great life. Your loving daughter, Laraine

Gary & Young Libby

March 2, 2021

Frances was just a wonderful lady.
In her later years she was very apprehensive of passing the peace in Church. She just didn't want to get ill, so I always had hand sanitizer to share with her.😊
She had said a number of times that; "I've never seen you without a smile."
She was being very kind because other's have.😁
I'll so miss her and think the world of her and her family.
Love, her and her family. 😊

Michael Campbell

March 2, 2021

The passing of Frances Johnson at age 97 was not entirely unexpected or particularly tragic but the magnitude of that loss in the lives of her family and friends is immense. An uncommonly kind person, she was a moral and spiritual role model for multiple generations, most of whom consider her home in Portland as a part of their own childhood home. Never was there a place to feel more welcome.

We visited Portland several times each year throughout my childhood and it was always a highly anticipated event. Her home was the base camp for generations of family, the Home in ‘Home for the Holidays.’ And she was the central force that made it so special. Ad hoc family retreats would ebb and flow as the visits of new arrivals would always seem to overlap with the departure of others.

It’s no exaggeration to say that Grammie was a paragon of goodness. She imbued a moral authority such that disappointing her through some personal shortcoming was a painful prospect that was to be avoided at all costs. In all the years spent visiting Byfield Road, I can’t recall a single profanity uttered or a single beer can pop open.

Grammie played a big role in my life and taught me life lessons I still carry with me today. A few years ago she told me the thing she liked best about me was that I was “nostalgic” which I took as an incredible compliment. How could one not be nostalgic for such a family, for such memories, and for such an incredible and loving grandmother?

I was incredibly blessed to be her grandson and, like everyone that knew her, I will miss her greatly.

Pat Hastings

March 1, 2021

All the family gatherings in the backyard and then our trip to the Lobsta Shack and Lighthouse. And the fear that my husband would let out a curse word in Aunt Frannie’s presence.

Dick Campbell

February 24, 2021

Frances, my mother-in-law, was always “Frannie” to me. She was an anchor for me and Lori from the day we married, which was over 62 years ago. During the early years we leaned on her a lot, and she always was there for us. I really admired her ability to steer a steady course through good times and bad. Her strength of character and high moral values were apparent to everyone who knew her. We will miss her greatly, but comforted that her legacy will live on through her loving family.

Karen Aaskov Witham

February 24, 2021

She had so many names, but I simply called her Mrs. Johnson. She was my dearly beloved neighbor, and Eileen was my childhood friend. She loved me and scolded me. "What do you mean Eileen and I smell like smoke" (after we took a frying pan into the woods, lit a fire and cooked popcorn). She was my Camp Fire Girl Leader, and sitting at her dining room table for 70 years will always be a most treasured memory. She was an example of faith and love to all who knew her. I shall be forever grateful for all those summers of Vacation Bible School at the Methodist Church on Washington Avenue. In later years when Eileen would visit and we would go off on a Maine adventure, I would love to simply sit with her and catch up before we ran off. And Leslie, dear Leslie, what a loving daughter to make sure her last many months were spent surrounded by compassion, kindness and faith. I see the picture of Jesus in Mrs. Johnson's dining room, and I just know in my heart she was one of His cherished children. "Well done, My good and faithful servant." Written with love and deepest sympathy.

Meg Campbell

February 23, 2021

My husband, Mike, is Frances' grandson, and always called her Grammie. Which I always thought was adorable, so I did too. For as long as I've had the privilege of knowing her, Grammie has been so loving and welcoming, and always made me feel like part of the family. She was interesting, funny and quick witted, to be sure. But mostly I found her to truly be one of the kindest and most loving person I've ever known. I am so grateful to have had the pleasure of knowing and loving her. I'm comforted to know that she is at peace in heaven. She will always be in my heart.

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Biography

Frances C. Johnson, 97, passed away peacefully and surrounded by family at home in Orono on Saturday, February 20, 2021. She was born in New Hampton, New Hampshire on January 21, 1924 to George and Lucy (Bowles) Copp.

She was predeceased by her husband, Francis A Johnson; daughter Eileen Walton and her husband Lewis; her sisters Thelma Needs and Josie Amendola; and her brother George Copp.

She is survived by daughters, Laraine Campbell and husband Dick of Prescott Valley Arizona and leslie johnson-wright and husband Bob of Orono Maine, with whom she made her home; and her sister, Eunice Dyer of Orono Maine.

She is also survived by grandson, Michael Campbell and wife Meg of Prescott Valley Arizona; granddaughters Terri Lynn Stull and husband Jim of Walkersville Maryland, and Lisa Zimmerman and husband Luke of Hagerstown Maryland; grandson Paul Walton and wife Annette of Clovis New Mexico; and grandson Michael Boucher. She had six great- grandchildren, Danny, Alex, Jaime, Amanda, Tyler and Chase and one great-great- grandson Donald.

Frances graduated from Laconia High school in New Hampshire and was very proud of the fact she started school at the young age of four. She was a lifelong Methodist and after moving to Portland in 1944 she was a faithful member of the United Methodist Church (now Rainbow UMC) on Washington Ave. She was actively involved during her life in leadership roles in the United Methodist Women and the local church. Her strong faith was an inspiration to many.

Frances lived for 75 years and raised her three daughters in a Byfield Road house built by her husband in 1939. She loved her family and enjoyed frequent visits as her home became a de facto “family compound” for reunions among visiting family. After her husband’s death in 1973, Frances started a new career in tax accounting. Working for Scott Associates in Portland, she eventually became an enrolled agent before retiring at the age of 78.

She loved her family, reading, music, gardening, nature and watching PBS. Her trips to Germany and the Grand Canyon were highlights of her travels as well as leaf peeping every fall. She said the brightest colors she had ever seen was her trip to Rangeley, Maine in 2016.

Whether she was called Mama or Mom, Mimi or Grammie, Aunt or Sister, Frances was a remarkably strong woman and matriarch of our family. She was the beacon for everyone who came to visit and will be dearly missed by family and all who knew her.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Rainbow United Methodist Church, 618 Washington Ave, Portland Maine; the American Cancer Society; or the Maine Public Broadcasting Network.