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Barbara Hoyt Johnson


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Barbara Hoyt Johnson Obituary
Johnson, Barbara Hoyt
Barbara Hoyt Johnson was born in Norwalk, Connecticut on July 14, 1931. She was the only child of Charles Stanley Hoyt and Elizabeth Fitch Hoyt. Barbara passed away on April 8, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. Barbara graduated from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts with a major in English. Following college, Barbara married David Sunderland and together they had three children: Mark, Caryn, and Tracy. Her family lived in various locations on the East Coast, and in Southern California before settling in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In 1978, Barbara married her second husband, Gilbert E. Johnson. Barbara and Gil loved to travel and together they saw the world. They shared a love of art and enjoyed purchasing paintings and artifacts to document their travels in the US and abroad. An active member of The Garden Club of America, Barbara adored flowers and plants, tending her garden with the tenderness of a mother caring for her child. Reflected in her work as a docent at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and her ongoing support of the Arizona Humane Society, Barbara loved and advocated for animals all her life. It was a joy to watch her face come alive at the sight of a puppy or a kitten (especially kittens). Barbara is survived by her son, Mark Kendall Sunderland (wife, Elizabeth), her daughter Caryn Leigh Meuli (husband, Brad), her daughter, Tracy Diane Sunderland, her stepdaughter Jolene Johnson (husband, David Hanson), her stepson Jay Johnson, her stepson James Johnson (wife, Laura), her stepdaughter, Jenny Erdossy (husband, Neill), her grandchildren James Sunderland, Alexander Sunderland, Christopher Sunderland, Jacob Meuli (wife, Elizabeth), Toby Meuli (wife, Katharine), Guthrie Meuli (wife, Lacey), Cody Meuli, Isabel Meuli and her great grandchildren Max, Lincoln, and Silas Meuli, and Cora Meuli. Barbara lives on in her eldest daughter's eyes, in her slender beauty and easy charm with strangers; in her son's protective instinct regarding his family and the worries he carries on his shoulders; in her youngest daughter's flair for the dramatic and love of animals. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions honoring Barbara may be made to the Desert Botanical Garden (1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, Arizona 85008 or online at https://www.dbg.org/honor-memorial-gifts), the Arizona Humane Society (1521 W. Dobbins Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85041 Attention: Development Department or online at www.azhumane.org/memorialgifts), or Wheaton College (The Wheaton Fund, PO Box 842477, Boston, MA 02284 or online at http://wheatoncollege.edu/giving/).
Published in The Arizona Republic on Apr. 17, 2016
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