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949 Main St
P.O. Box 363
Waldoboro, ME 04572
Phone: 207-832-5541
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Barbara Johnson

Barbara D Johnson

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019
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Barbara Bradford Dake Johnson died Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at St. Andrews Village, Boothbay Harbor. Born March 16, 1931 in Boston, Barby grew up on the campus of Phillips Academy Andover where her father was teacher and coach. She was graduated from Abbot Academy in 1948 and Smith College in 1952. Always the life of the party, Barby caught the eye of a family friend’s classmate, Charles Clark Johnson, when she slipped and fell on a ping pong table. Both the ping pong table and Clark fell hard. After a courtship at the University of Pennsylvania and on Long Beach Island, New Jersey, Barby and Clark married in 1953. They settled in Chatham, New Jersey, where they raised their son Pete and daughters Andie and Ginna and lived for over forty years. After working at Bell Labs, Barby volunteered for the Junior League of Morristown, the Voluntary Action Center of Morris County (for which she was founding director), the Fair Housing Council, the Unitarian Universalist Church in Summit, and Smith. She also worked as a medical researcher for the Multiple Risk Factor Intervention Trial in Newark, New Jersey.

The Johnsons retired to Boothbay, Maine, 25 years ago, where they enjoyed volunteering, sailing, entertaining and continuing education courses. One of Barby's passions was playing bridge. She was a member of multiple foursomes and played Duplicate, a highly competitive form of tournament bridge. In Boothbay, neighbors became family and family shared countless holidays and vacations. Throughout her life, Barby was a masterful hostess, overseeing lively parties without ever seeming to lift a finger. Barby—affectionately known as Meem—had a loving relationship with each of her children, their spouses, Hildy, John and Duke, seven grandchildren, Molly (Bryan), Owen (Bri), Mackie (James), Jona (Blaire), JT, Tip (Lauren) and Evan and three great grandchildren, Simone, Clementine and Charlie. For Christmas, she handwrote all the favorite family recipes that made each holiday so memorable, creating a cookbook for each of us. Like all our memories of her, our cookbooks will be treasured.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Lincoln County Animal Shelter/ Midcoast Humane at, 190 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, ME 04011 or to Smith College at, 10 Elm Street, Northampton, MA 01063.

Friends are invited to stop by Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 6, 22 Commercial Street, Boothbay Harbor, anytime between 4 and 6:30 pm on Saturday, June 1, to celebrate her life.

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Michael Hall

Posted at 07:47am
On the first anniversary of Barbara's passing, we want you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We hope that the memories of the past give you encouragement for the future as you walk each day with your loved one in your heart. It is our privilege and honor to serve your family.

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Chip and Patricia Gregory

Posted at 05:08pm
We have known Andy and John for so many years, and often heard wonderful stories about Barbi. Patricia and I send our sympathies and know that memories of her will always be with us.

Posted at 08:21am
I have played bridge with Barby almost every Thursday afternoon for over twenty years. We have shared a lot of stories, bridge hands and cookies. Thursdays just won't be the same any more.

Barby was a wonderful woman. She met life with determination and without complaining. I am happy I got to spend so much time with her. We are going to miss you. Janet McLaughlin

Edith Rooney

Posted at 09:40am
We were very sorry to hear of Barby's passing. Please accept our deepest sympathies. I will always have fond memories of working with your Dad for many years.

Edith & Gavin Rooney

Laura Bradford

Posted at 09:51am
Barbara I will miss you at the bridge table. Such fond memories of your love of life.

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