Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Johnson, 88, died Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, at home in Durango.
Mrs. Johnson was born Nov. 24, 1923, in Natick, Mass., the daughter of George and Elizabeth Murphy. She grew up and attended schools in Natick.
She married William H. Johnson in 1951 at St. Patrick’s Church in Natick. They moved to Newton Lower Falls, Mass., and raised their family there. After Mr. Johnson passed away in 1977, she moved back to Natick, and in 2006, she moved to Durango to be closer to her son Neil and his family.
Mrs. Johnson was a member of St. Columba Catholic Church, as well as an avid reader, active walker, enthusiastic traveler and loving mother and grandmother, her family said. “Her Irish charm and straightforward approach to life will be missed by all,” they said.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William H. Johnson.
She is survived by her sons Richard Johnson of Yorktown, Va., Paul Johnson of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Neil Johnson of Durango; and nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a niece and nephew who were very special to her, Maureen Edgecomb of Arlington, Mass., and Stephen Murphy of West Yarmouth, Mass.
A Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, at St. Columba Catholic Church with the Rev. James Koenigsfeld officiating. Graveside services will he at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Natick, Mass.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Columba Catholic Church, 1801 East Third Ave., Durango, CO 81301, or St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 44 E. Central St., Natick, MA 01760.