Marion "Sissy" Johnson

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MEDDYBEMPS - Marion Elaine "Sissy" Johnson, 85, passed away Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at Calais Regional Hospital. Sissy was born Oct. 3, 1927, in Marine City, Mich., daughter of the late Clay and Blanche (Howland) Hayward.

She graduated from Calais Academy and worked as a store clerk for Woolworth Store, Calais, until she met her future husband, Paul Johnson. They were married Dec. 24, 1949, in Calais. In 1972 Sissy started her career as a letter carrier for the Calais post office, retiring in 1989. She had a love for music and in her younger years was a member of the Sweet Adeline's. Sissy also played piano for local Baptist churches, including Milltown, New Brunswick, Baring and Meddybemps. She was a member of Boyd-Smith Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary 9779, and enjoyed knitting, crossword puzzles, telling stories, cooking and baking.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by two sisters, Corliss Keef and Jeri-Mae McCoy; and five brothers, Hazen, Clint, Sam, Jon and infant brother Jon. Surviving are her loving husband of 63 years, Paul Johnson; six children, Larry Johnson and his wife, Brenda, of Kinder, La., Patty Tefry of Little Ridge, New Brunswick, Mark Johnson and his wife, Brenda, of Greenwood, Ind., Peter Johnson and his wife, Janet, of Buxton, Beth Johnson and her companion, Todd Bassett, of Alexander and Bert Johnson and his wife, Kim, of Calais; 13 grandchildren, Joshua Parker and wife, Donna, Joel Parker and wife, Virginia, Sarah Beth Rice and husband, Aaron, David Johnson, Kyle Johnson, Bradley Johnson, Andrew Johnson and fiancee, Abby, Robert Johnson and companion, Keri, Sean Trefry, Michael Ross and companion, Kaila Dineen, Amanda Johnson and Kevin Ross Jr., and Jasmine Elaine Ross; six great-grandchildren; three sisters, Patty Hayward and Sara Cameron, both of Calais, and Ann Hacker and her husband, Kenneth, of Ontario; many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at Mays Funeral Home, 26 Church St., Calais, where a celebration of Sissy's life will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, with Pastor Ray Morse officiating. Burial will be afterward at Calais Cemetery. Condolences and memories may be shared at
Published in BDN Maine on Dec. 29, 2012
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