Yvonne's Story

FORT KENT - Yvonne Helen Bent Johnson, beloved mother, wife and partner of Dr. R.Paul Johnson passed away on November 16, 2014 after a brief illness. She was surrounded by her loving family.

Yvonne was born in Bridgetown, Nova Scotia on February 29, 1928. She was the daughter of Raymond and Grace Ricketson Bent. She attended Bridgetown schools, and Mount Allison University where she studied music and later earned her nursing cap and pin at Halifax Infirmary.

From an early age, Yvonne loved and excelled at singing. While growing up, she sang at festivals , weddings and community events. Yvonne sang in the choir at Providence United Church all through high school and even recorded many times with her sister, Avis. Then she had the opportunity to study under Professor Harold Homer from England at Mount Allison University where she earned the highest marks for her quality of sound and exceptional soprano voice. She also had a flare for fashion which was developed early in a job as a personal shopper in Simpon Sears in Halifax.

She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother- dedicated to her husband and family. She loved Paul's annual gardening produce, and always cooked them into her abundance of recipes. She always had a home cooked meal ready for family and friends. The family will continue to cherish her delicious brownie and frosting recipe. She loved to sing, dance, and entertain but what she loved most was spending time with her family, whether it be in Fort Kent or her camp she designed and built in Eagle Lake. She was the most devoted mother and wife, and will be dearly missed by all.

Yvonne was predeceased by her beloved son, Dr. Richard Paul Johnson, and her dear sisters Adele Bent Paterson, and Avis Bent Crowell. In addition to her loving partner and husband Paul of 64 years, she is survived by her three children; Dr. Robert Steven Johnson and his wife Bernice, daughter Linda Johnson and her husband Allan Norris, son Dr. Peter Bent Johnson and wife Heather. She was blessed with nine grandchildren; Robert Matthew Johnson and wife Jennifer, Christopher Johnson, Curtis Johnson and wife Christina, Laura Johnson and husband Jonathon Riopel, Ashley and Kimberly Norris, Lauren Bragan, Grace and Samantha Johnson, as well as seven great grandchildren; Natalie, Anna, Elle, Robert Owen, Ryan Johnson, and James and Isabella Riopel.

By Yvonne's request there will be no visitation. A public reception will be held at the Senior Citizens Center on Pine Street in Fort Kent on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 12:30 PM. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the UMFK Dr. Richard Paul Johnson Scholarship Fund, to the Northern Maine Medical Center hospital guild, or to a charity of one's choice. Arrangements by Daigle Funeral Home, 14 E. Main St., Fort Kent, ME.
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