Grace M. Johnson
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Grace M. Johnson, affectionately known as Gracie' or Aunt Gracie', 77, of Norwalk, passed away on August 26, 2012 at Norwalk Hospital, following a courageous battle with aggressive brain cancer with her loving daughter Judith and boyfriend Mike by her side. She was the beloved wife of the late Dr. George I. Johnson Jr., DDS, for 26 years.
Born May 21, 1935 in Norwalk, CT, Grace was the daughter of the late Charles Russell Taylor Sr. and Dorothy Vincent Taylor, both of Norwalk. Grace was a proud life-long Norwalk resident and enjoyed Calf Pasture beach, the Maritime Center, the Norwalk Oyster Festival and SoNo Arts Festival, and socializing with her numerous family and friends. She was a loving wife and mother and avid sports fan, and was a dedicated coordinator to assist in the Saturday Academy, which helps children excel in math, science, and computers and helps prepare them for a brighter future.
Grace was a graduate of Norwalk High School and attended courses at Katharine Gibbs School in Norwalk. She enjoyed watching college as well as professional sports of all types in particular the UCONN Huskies. Grace enjoyed knitting and crocheting and hosting Thanksgiving dinners at her home. Grace also enjoyed all aspects of music and theater and had a beautiful singing voice. She was an active member of the Norwalk United Methodist Church and enjoyed hosting the after-service luncheons and meeting new people, and enjoyed all of life's gifts that God gave her. She was a lover of animals. She also loved listening to musical artists such as Doris Day and Johnny Mathis. Grace was a retired medical transcriptionist who worked at Norwalk Hospital. Before that she was a full-time homemaker for her children up to their teen years. While employed, she developed great rapport with the doctors, nurses and other staff. She is already missed by all. Her spirit and positive energy touched many lives and will never be forgotten.
Survivors include her four children Dr. Phillip R. Johnson DDS and his wife Kerri of California and their children Tyler Robles of California and his wife Angela, their son Lincoln Raine and daughter London Grace of California, their son Spencer Robles of California; George I. Johnson III of Chicago and girlfriend Charisse Conanan; Judith E. Johnson of Norwalk and boyfriend Mike Kelly ; Amy B. Johnson of Norwalk; step-daughter Karen Montgomery of North Carolina and her son Joseph Roberts of North Carolina; her sister Sharon Taylor of Norwalk; brothers Charles Russell Taylor Jr. of Norwalk, Reginald B. Taylor of Wyoming and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Proceeding in death were her sisters Peggy Andral, Janet Taylor, Ellen D. Marable, and brothers Alvin Taylor, Carlton Taylor.
The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and PCT's at Norwalk Hospital, especially 6th floor east hospice for their kindness and hospitality for the last two weeks of Grace's life. Connecticut Hospice nurses and staff were extremely compassionate as well. They would also like to thank the Paradigm HealthCare Center of Norwalk for their kindness and diligence in keeping Grace's treatments current. In addition, Norwalk United Methodist Church has been outstanding with their prayers and support, as well as other friends and family.
A memorial service will be held at a later date to celebrate Grace's life. A memorial contribution may be made to one of the following:
, Norwalk United Methodist Church at 718 West Ave. Norwalk, CT 06850 or Hospice at Norwalk Hospital.
Norwalk's Hoyt-Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 5 East Wall Street is honored to assist the family with the arrangements. Please visit www.norwalkfh .com to send a virtual condolence.
Published in The Hour on September 2, 2012