Paula's Story

ORONO AND SWANS ISLAND - Paula Day Johnson, 72, died September 25, 2015 at a Boston Hospital. She was born October 27, 1942, in Caribou, daughter of Arthur E. and Phyllis M. (Day) Johnson.

Paula graduated from Caribou High School. She earned a Bachelor's degree and Master of Social Work degree from the University of Maine. Paula married Sue Estler, her partner of 25 years, on December 29, 2012, the first day same-sex marriage was legal in Maine. They lived in Orono and on Swan's Island, Maine.

Paula was a social worker with a passionate commitment to her clients with VISTA, Connecticut Family Services, Maine Child Protective Services, and the Old Town Schools.

Paula is survived by her beloved wife, Sue Estler; her sisters Pamela Schreiber, Sandra Johnson, Karen Johnson, and Judi McKee and husband Ken; generations of devoted nieces and nephews; and many loving friends. She also left behind her much-loved cats and dogs. Paula was predeceased by her parents and a special aunt, Evelyn Johnson.

A service and reception in celebration of Paula's life will be held from 2 pm until 5 pm Saturday, October 3, 2015, at Buchanan Alumni House, 160 College Avenue, University of Maine, Orono. Interment service is planned for noon on Sunday, October 4, 2015 at Rose Hill Cemetery on Swan's Island ME. Gifts in Paula's memory may be sent to the Swans Island Ambulance Service, PO Box 7, Swan's Island, Maine 04685 or the Animal Orphanage, 71 Airport Road, Old Town, Maine 04468.

Arrangements in care of Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St. Ellsworth. Condolences may be expressed at
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