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08/18/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Anne Stephenson Johnson

Anne Stephenson Johnson
(d. 15 Aug 2011)

Newport News High School Class of @ 193_

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   There is yet more sad news this Thursday.
    Anne Stephenson Johnson, Class of about 193_, passed away at The Arbors Retirement Community in Newport News on Monday, August 15, 2011.

   Her youngest brother,     Elmo Stephenson, President of the Student Body of the Newport News High School Class of June 1948 (16 June 1927 - 21 Jan 2009), preceded her in death two years ago:

From the Daily Press - 08/18/11:   

                   Anne Stephenson Johnson


NEWPORT NEWS - Anne Stephenson Johnson was delivered into the arms of our Heavenly Father on Monday, Aug. 15, 2011.

Born in Newport News, her parents were William Sr. and Gertrude Stephenson. Anne attended Newport News High School, where she first met the love of her life, and future husband of 70 years, Robert Edward Johnson. The two were married shortly after Robert graduated from the Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School.

Her first job was working as a secretary for the Noland Company. Anne and Bob were blessed with two sons, Gary and Ron. She had always had a love for history and eventually acquired a job with Colonial Williamsburg as a Historical Interpreter. Anne held this position for over 20 years, earning numerous awards and commendations for her distinguished service. She was regularly chosen as one of the interpreters to host visiting foreign dignitaries, and celebrities, on their visits to Williamsburg. It was obvious that she enjoyed interacting with people in this setting.



After retiring from Colonial Williamsburg, Anne began volunteering as a guide/interpreter at The Virginia Living Museum, subsequently earning a 1,000-hour service award. She also volunteered at Riverside Hospital as an aide.

Anne was an avid bridge player, and she and Robert would hone their skills almost every week in matches with their friends. Snow skiing was also one of her loves, and she would always look forward to the times spent on Bryce Mountain, where she and Robert had built a house together. Anne loved the outdoors and particularly enjoyed the frequent camping trips that the Johnson family would take. Playing golf would also become one of the passions that would stay with her for the duration of her life.

Along with Robert, Anne was a devoted member of The Hidenwood Presbyterian Church, where she developed some of her most cherished friendships in the Sunday School Chapel Class.

Anne was preceded in death by her siblings, Elsie May, Audrey, and Elmo. She is survived by her brother, William (Billy).

The family would like to express their special thanks to the Home Helpers Company, which provided excellent caregivers in the last years of Anne's very full life, and also to the staff at The Arbors Retirement Community, where she resided.

We miss you, Mama J, and know that this world is so much the richer for having hosted your sweet and loving spirit.

There will be a private graveside service for the family at Peninsula Memorial Park. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20 at Hidenwood Presbyterian Church. Funeral arrangements are with Peninsula Funeral Home View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press from August 18 to August 19, 2011.   
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August 18, 2011

  I am with you, Mom, regardless of the distance, whether here on earth, or there up in heaven. Forever, your second son, Ron.

August 18, 2011

  Dear Johnson family, Please accept my deepest sympathy in hearing about the loss of Anne. To Bobby, Gary, and Ron may you know that you are in my prayer's and that you all have a special place in my heart. A childhood of being neighbors and friends will always connect us. Peace to you all at this difficult time.

~ Robin Bateman, Newport News, Virginia

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   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Anne's family and friends at this time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

O Lord of Life, Where'er They Be

- Lyrics by Frederick L. Hosmer, 1888; Music by Melchior Vulpius (circa 1560-1615)

O Lord of life, where’er they be,
Safe in Thine own eternity,
Our dead are living unto Thee:
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

All souls are Thine, and here or there
They rest within Thy sheltering care;
One providence alike they share:
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thy Word is true, Thy ways are just;
Above the requiem, “Dust to dust,”
Shall rise our psalm of grateful trust:
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

O happy they in God who rest,
No more by fear and doubt oppressed,
Living or dying, they are blest:
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

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