Victoria Hartley Johnston

September 6, 1945April 2, 2013

PORTLAND, ME – Victoria Hartley Johnston, 67, passed away on April 2 at Mercy Hospital due to complications following emergency surgery to repair a perforated ulcer.

Vicky was born in Toledo, Ohio and grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. She attended Tudor Hall School in Indianapolis and Elmira College in New York. She lived in Massachusetts for most of her adult life, and met her future husband there. She also spent part of every summer at her family’s cottage on Great Cranberry Island, Maine. She was married to her husband there in 1970.

Vicky worked as a newspaper reporter, a fund-raiser, and, after earning her MBA degree from Simmons College in Boston, she worked as a budget administrator for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In 2009, after she and her husband both had retired, they moved to Portland, Maine.

Vicky enjoyed sailing, gardening, cooking, and many other pursuits. She volunteered for several charitable and non-profit organizations over the years, such as Habitat for Humanity, the League of Women Voters, and the Colonial Dames of America. In the Great Cranberry Island community, she devoted her much of her time working for the Historical Society, the Library, and the Tennis Club. Vicky was also very active in the churches she belonged to, both in Andover, Mass., Portland, Maine, and Great Cranberry Island.

Vicky is survived by her husband of 42 years, Chris Johnston; her children, Margaret (Meg) Johnston of Tewksbury, Mass. and Alexander C. Johnston of Hoboken, New Jersey; her sisters, Holly Hartley of Berkeley, California and Grace Hartley of Indianapolis; her daughter-in-law, Kathryn Valenta and her granddaughter, Olivia Johnston of Hoboken.

There will be a memorial service at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke (143 State Street, Portland, ME) on Saturday, April 20 at 3pm with a reception to follow. Arrangements are under the care of Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St. Portland.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Planned Parenthood ( or the Cranberry Isles Realty Trust, PO Box 4, Cranberry Isles, ME 04625 (


  • Memorial Service Saturday, April 20, 2013

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Gail Ladd

April 28, 2013

I was so shocked to learn of Vicky's death from the Ellsworth American. She and I were in the same class at Elmira College. I have lived in Hancock County for the past 40 years. So sad we didn't know of your connection to Cranberry Isles. Please know our thoughts are with you and your family. I hope we can meet some time in the future. Gail Goodday Ladd and husband Basil Ladd, Brooksville,ME, 207-326-4704

April 19, 2013

Dear Chris. It is with great shock and sadness that I read of Vicky's untimely death a couple of weeks ago. How well I remember and cherish the memories of our times together -- Christ Church, League of Women Voters, and especially Greater Lawrence Habitat for Humanity -- Vicky was the most loving and devoted Family Partner person, and how much I appreciated her many volunteer hours of driving the Habitaxi as well. We looked forward to spending time in Portland together after your retirement, and we will look forward to spending time with you as the days and months go on. Please know that our love and prayers are with all of you at this very sad time. Lovingly, Janet and all the Suirrett family

Chris Weinkopf

April 11, 2013

I remember a very funny, very generous woman. Love and prayers for all the Johnstons.

Frances Jennings Dodson

April 11, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all, Chris, from all your friends at The Andover Thrift Shop. Vicky was a devoted volunteer for so many years.

Thalia Charles

April 7, 2013

She was a wonderful, warm, kind person, and we have very fond memories of her. We will remember her with love. Our sympathies and prayers are with you.

Andrew Miller

April 5, 2013

Much agreed. She was a truly great human, whom departed our company far too soon. Her memory will never be missing from our lives. Andrew Miller.

Jayne Miller

April 5, 2013

Please accept our deepest sympathies on your loss. She was a great lady and our lives were richer for knowing her.
Peter, Jayne, Luke and Elizabeth Miller