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NEWPORT NEWS - Anne Stephenson Johnson was delivered into the arms of our Heavenly Father on Monday, Aug. 15, 2011.
Born in Newport News, her parents were William Sr. and Gertrude Stephenson. Anne attended Newport News High School, where she first met the love of her life, and future husband of 70 years, Robert Edward Johnson. The two were married shortly after Robert graduated from the Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School.
Her first job was working as a secretary for the Noland Company. Anne and Bob were blessed with two sons, Gary and Ron. She had always had a love for history and eventually acquired a job with Colonial Williamsburg as an Historical Interpreter. Anne held this position for over 20 years, earning numerous awards and commendations for her distinguished service. She was regularly chosen as one of the interpreters to host visiting foreign dignitaries and celebrities, on their visits to Williamsburg. It was obvious that she enjoyed interacting with people in this setting.
After retiring from Colonial Williamsburg, Anne began volunteering as a
guide/interpreter at The Virginia Living Museum, subsequently earning a
1,000-hour service award. She also volunteered at Riverside Hospital as an aide.
Anne was an avid bridge player, and she and Robert would hone their
skills almost every week in matches with their friends. Snow skiing was also one of her loves, and she would always look forward to the times spent on Bryce Mountain, where she and Robert had built a house together. Anne loved the outdoors and particularly enjoyed the frequent camping trips that the Johnson family would take. Playing golf would also
become one of the passions that would stay with her for the duration of her life.
Along with Robert, Anne was a devoted member of The Hidenwood Presbyterian Church, where she developed some of her most cherished friendships in the Sunday School Chapel Class.
Anne was preceded in death by her siblings, Elsie May, Audrey and Elmo. She is survived by her brother, William (Billy).
The family would like to express their special thanks to the Home Helpers
Company, which provided excellent caregivers in the last years of Anne's very full life, and also to the Staff at The Arbors Retirement Community, where she resided.
We miss you, Mama J, and know that this world is so much the richer for having hosted your sweet and loving spirit.
There will be a private graveside service for the family at Peninsula Memorial Park. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at Hidenwood Presbyterian Church. Funeral arrangements are with Peninsula Funeral Home. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published by Daily Press from Aug. 18 to Aug. 20, 2011.
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Sorry to hear of Mimis passing I truly wish I could have gotten to know her better. Your grandson, Nick
Nick Fletcher
August 21, 2011
Mrs Anne you will be so missed by me I always enjoyed our times together I was blessed forever for having the chace to take care of you and toy have you in my life on a consant basis. Bob, Gary & Ron I know your loosing Anne will not be easy but I do know that God will give the strenght when need to over come obsticales
Polly Fulwider
August 21, 2011
Dear Bobby, I remember mom telling us the story of you and Anne bringing mom and daddy together! What a wonderful cousin you were! Daddy passed on Aug. 16, 2002. I remember Aunt Isabelle sharing memories, as we shared lunch, about how good you and Anne were to her. Anne was a wonderful wife and mother and such a lovely person. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
All my love, Carol Ann
Carol Ann Johnson
August 20, 2011
Dearest Bobby,

I was so very saddened to read of Anne's passing. I remember the stories mom used to tell about you and Anne fixing her up with daddy! You both were a blessing to Aunt Isabelle. Bobby, my heart and prayers are with you. All my love, Carol Ann
Carol Ann Johnson
August 19, 2011
Gary Johnson & Family, You all have my deepest sympathy. Remember weeping may endure for night but joy will come in the morning.

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Marian Jones
August 19, 2011
Mr. Johnson our thoughts and prayers are with you at this rough time. We love you and Anne will surely be missed at the arbors.
Ashley & Kelli Bannon
August 19, 2011
It was a pleasure knowing Mrs anne johnson. I enjoyed being there & taking care of her needs. Mr. Johnson, gary & ron, you all are in my thoughts & prayers as you go through this difficult time. God bless you all!
tonya clay
August 19, 2011
Gary and family, I'm so very sorry for the loss of your "Mama". I know these past few months (years?) have been very difficult as you've watched her disappear as the person that you knew. Regardless I know you loved her. Your watch care was evidence of that. May God give you peace now, knowing that your Mom is with her heavenly Father.
Lana Hicks-Olson
August 19, 2011
Miss Anne, in the very short time I've known you, I feel honored that our paths were was a joy to be by your side, to enjoy your smile & laughter. Thank You for letting me be a part of your wonderful life, Blessed Be Always, Lisa

Drifting off to slumber in a terminally world
my mind reels forth
then back once more
to when I was but a girl
Familiar voices distant questioning how I might feel
Inside I'm fine
within my mind
that little girl surreal
Dangling, I sway laughing, wily breezes brush my face
Mother tending my momentum
at what was
my favorite place

Echoes so enchanting of my loved ones at my side
but, deep within,
I'm young again,
brown haired and blue eyed
My children outside playing on their bikes and in the snow
aromas quite delightful
filling rightful's
of our home
My day lively and sunny although I've laid here for weeks
tending to
those whispers
one by one from family
Drifting off to slumber from my terminally world
awaking on
the other side
to when I was but a girl.

Bob & Gary & Family, my sincerest condolences <3
Lisa Brown
August 18, 2011
Our prayers are with you. Anne was an asset to the world.
Leroy and Lilibel Spearman
August 18, 2011
Dear Johnson family, Please accept my deepest sympathy in hearing about the loss of Anne. To Bobby, Gary, and Ron may you know that you are in my prayer's and that you all have a special place in my heart. A childhood of being neighbors and friends will always connect us. Peace to you all at this difficult time.
Robin Bateman
August 18, 2011
I am with you Mom, regardless of the distance, wheteher here on earth, or there up in heaven. Forever, your second son, Ron.
Ronald Johnson
August 18, 2011
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