CAROLYN LUCILLE JOHNSON, 78 ROCKFORD - Carolyn Lucille Johnson, 78, Rockford, died peacefully on December 19, 2013, surrounded by her loving family. She was born to the late Ambrose and Marcia Selover Houy in Rockford on June 4, 1935. She graduated from Rockford East High School, and on September 12, 1953, married Vernon, the blind date love of her life. Carolyn devoted her life to her husband and four children and welcomed the addition of her children's spouses, significant others and grandchildren. She enjoyed movies and travels shared with her husband, laughed at his jokes and sparred with him about the exact dates and details of past events. She had a sharp sense of humor; was formidable at crosswords; loved decorating and was an excellent knitter, seamstress, cook and all-around go-to person when in need. In recent years, she and Vern enjoyed attending the Unitarian Universalist Church in Rockford. Carolyn leaves behind many cherished friendships, including Wilma Porter, Marge Johnson, Marilyn Gulotta, Mary Lou James and Gerry Dolnik. The family wishes to extend special thanks to caregivers, Jackie and Sarah, Mary Jo Ironside MD, VNA Hospice and the staff at Wesley Willows Care Center. Carolyn is survived by Vernon, her husband of 60 years; children, David (Susan) - grandchildren, Emily and Abby; Darrell (Candy) - grandchildren, Katie, Steven and Brendan; Douglas (Janet) - grandchildren, Zachary, Nicholas, Joseph and Mitchell and Jackie (Bill Near) - grandchildren, Jim and Josh. She is also survived by her sister, Jeanne Hart (Jon), numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Nancy. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family for benefit of the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4848 Turner St., Rockford, IL 61107 or the VNA Hospice. For online register, visit weltefuneral.com.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Dec. 21 to Dec. 22, 2013