Cora's Story

PORTLAND - Cora Underhill Johnson of Portland died peacefully in Topsham, Maine on April 9, 2016. She was born in St. Francis, Maine on June 14, 1914 to Gilbert and Sadie Morrison.

She grew up in northern Maine and graduated from Caribou High School. Cora married Stanley Underhill who died in 1955. In 1956, Cora married Albert Johnson. They traveled to Florida in the winter and spent their summers on Grand Manan Island, Canada. Cora, as well as traveling, enjoyed entertaining in her home and cooking all kinds of delights. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Portland and volunteered with and was a member of Salvation Army Ladies Auxiliary, Salvation Army Golden Age Club, Retired Senior Volunteer Person, Womens' Christian Temperance Union/Dow House, Scarborough Fire Department Engine 4 Pine Point Ladies Auxiliary, Berean Sunday School Class, Southern Maine Area on Aging, Cape Elizabeth Grange No. 242, Ceres Circle, and the Lighthouse Views.

Cora was predeceased by her husband Albert and four siblings: Nellie Johnston, Cy Morrison, Hazel Tilley, and Luella Randolph Palm. She is survived by three daughters: Dorothy Gardner of Topsham, Sandra Googins of Westbrook, and Joyce Fozzard of Arkansas. She is also survived by four siblings: Phyllis McBreairty of Allagash, Pat Kelly of Allagash, Merton (Phoebe) Morrison of St. Francis, and Vesta Moir of Caribou. She leaves behind 11 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, and 19 great great grandchildren.

In her final days, Cora was taken care of by CHANS Home Healthcare of Mid Coast. The family appreciates the excellent care they gave her.

In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made in memory of Cora Johnson and sent to First Baptist Church of Portland or to Salvation Army. Visiting hours will be on Tuesday April 12 immediately by a funeral service at 10:30am at First Baptist Church, 360 Canco Rd, Portland ME 04103. Committal will follow at North Etna Cemetery in Etna, ME. You may offer your condolences to the family online at
Published in Bangor Daily News
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