Karen Lee Cunningham Johnson
Karen Lee Cunningham Johnson

- - Karen Lee Cunningham Johnson, 74, made her final transition peacefully with family and friends present on May 30th, 2018. Karen was the daughter of Raymond and Thelma Cunningham, and the sister of Mira Lynn Glen and her husband Donald of Delray Beach, FL. She died from complications after suffering from a rare neurological disease, Corticalbasal Degeneration, since 2010.

Karen graduated from Bates College and went on to receive a Masters Degree in Guidance and Psychological Services from Springfield College. She then went on to work for SUNY Oswego and SUNY Plattsburgh, where she met and married James Johnson. After divorcing she moved to South Burlington in 1991 where she worked as Assistant Director of Spectrum Youth and Family Services, and received a second Masters Degree from Saint Michaels College in Administration and Management in 1994. Karen retired from Spectrum in 2007, having stated at retirement that her work at Spectrum was the most rewarding and best part of her career. Following Karen's retirement she volunteered at United Way, Fletcher Allen ICU, Flynn Theater, and Lyric Theater costumes.

Many thanks go to Team Karen, a group of about 13 friends and neighbors who provided support and caregiving during the past year. Thanks also go to the wonderful caregivers who did virtually everything to keep Karen safe and in her own home.

A party in celebration of Karen's life will be held at a later date. Those wishing to honor her memory may make a donation to Spectrum Youth and Family Services or the KidSafe Collaborative.



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Published by The Burlington Free Press on Jun. 2, 2018.
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I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Please find peace and comfort in Psalms 119:76.
June 7, 2018
She was a wonderfully honest intelligent clear sighted person. Being with her was a gift.
Gerhild Bjornson
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