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Allison Johnson

1921 - 2016 A longtime resident of Ames Hill, Brattleboro, Allison Evans Johnson died on September 7, 2016, after a very long and fruitful life. Born Allison Evans on May 2, 1921, she grew up in New Haven, Connecticut, where her father Alexander Evans was head of the botany department at Yale University. Allison attended The Day School of New Haven, later merged with Hopkins School, and graduated from Vassar College with a bachelor's degree in art history. She then went on to study art at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, in Philadelphia, where she met her future husband, artist Homer Johnson. They married and raised a family in Philadelphia, where Allison went on to earn her teaching certificate and to teach art at city public schools. Allison and Homer retired to Vermont in 2001, in the house that had been her summer home since childhood, but continued to travel together for many years, taking trips to Europe, Egypt, Israel, Serbia, and Alaska. Allison had a deep interest in culture and art, and spent several years importing and selling artisanal crafts from the Middle East and Asia. She was also an accomplished artist and crafts person herself, known for her oil paintings, weavings, and epic knitting projects. Allison was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, and always the consummate hostess, greeting everyone with a bright smile up to her final days. She died in her own home, with her family hovering around, as was her wish. Allison is survived by her husband Homer, son Philip Johansson and daughter-in- law Joan Carey, grandchildren Ferne and Erik, and son-in- law Geof Dolman. She was predeceased by her sisters Margaret and Janet, and by her beloved daughter Anne. There will be a memorial service at 1pm on October 15, 2016, at King Cemetery, Fox Road, Marlboro, Vermont. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Anne Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund, Partners for Development, at www.pfd.org.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Sept. 10, 2016
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