Mary Ann (Hill) Johnson (1937 - 2017)

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Mary Ann (Hill) Johnson died in hospice care in Fairbanks, Alaska on March 21, 2017 with her daughter holding her hand and the Duruflé Requiem playing in the background.

Born on July 25, 1937 in Pittsburgh, she grew up in Leechburg, Pennsylvania, the eldest of four children. She left Pennsylvania in 1959 to find adventure at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, where she met her future husband, Jim Johnson. She worked as a stewardess for Wien in the early 60s and (after nurses training in Pennsylvania) as a nurse in Fairbanks during the pipeline years. Mary Ann and Jim were married in 1972 and had one daughter, Genevieve, born in 1977.

Jim's job as a union business agent moved the family to Juneau in 1981. Claustrophobic, sun-starved, and Nordstrom-deprived, Mary Ann still enjoyed a wonderful community of family and friends in Southeast, including Henry Arthur ("Art") Johnson, Cindy and Herb Holeman, Gordon and Murt Brunton, and Sandy Burd. Mary Ann and Jim were active members of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, where she enjoyed singing in the choir. Mary Ann worked at Hospice of Juneau before she and her husband retired to Fairbanks in 1991. Mary Ann's white lace curtains stayed up for years in the windows of their former home on Behrends Avenue.

Mary Ann is survived by her husband James David Johnson; her daughter Genevieve and son-in-law John Perreault; and grandchildren Theo, Nell, and Lula Perreault – all of Fairbanks. She is survived by her siblings and their families: Jim Hill, Judith (Hill) Defilippi, and Danny Hill – all of Pennsylvania.

A celebration of Mary Ann's life will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 25, 2017, one month before what would have been her 80th birthday. The gathering will be held at the Quist Farm in Fairbanks. Donations in Mary Ann's name can be made to the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Apr. 7 to May 6, 2017