Ellen (Evelyn) Grace Johnson, 89, beloved mother and friend, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Sept. 28, 2015 in Littleton, CO. Born in 1926 in the Bronx, NY, she was the daughter of the late William Joseph and Alice Kelly Smith. After graduating from Cathedral High School in 1944, she worked for the Society of Automotive Engineers as an advertising production manager. In January 1948 she married her dear husband Philip A. Johnson. Phil and Evelyn lived in Glen Rock, NJ for thirty five years where they raised three children before retiring to Bedford, VA. They had 48 beautiful years together until his passing in August 1996. In 2008 Evelyn moved to Holly Creek Retirement Community in Centennial, CO to be closer to family. Evelyn is survived by her children, son William P. Johnson of Bedford, daughter Elizabeth A. Johnson of Santa Fe, NM, daughter Alice E. Quinlan and husband Terry of Parker, CO; three grandchildren Patrick, Connor and Colleen Quinlan of Parker, CO, sister-in-law, Dorothea Smith of Winchester, MA, numerous nieces and nephews and more loving friends than you could count. She was predeceased by her husband, Philip, and her brother, William. Evelyn was a vibrant, loving woman who was deeply devoted to her family, faith and friends. Her dedication to God was transcended only by her dedication to her family, and she brightened the lives of everyone with whom she came in contact. Her wonderful presence, sense of humor and signature laugh would fill up a room. We will deeply miss our dear mother, grandmother and friend for she was like no other. Before she passed, Mom left us with this, â€œSee you when you arrive in heaven.â€ We will always love and miss our dear Evie. A funeral mass celebrating Evelynâ€™s life will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 17th at 11 AM at Holy Name of Mary Church in Bedford, VA. Reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall. A private interment will be held at Longwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the
. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
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Published in Bedford Bulletin from Nov. 11 to Nov. 12, 2015