MOUNT DESERT – Paulie S. Johnson, 85, died peacefully with dignity in the evening of Oct. 2, 2012, in the presence of her family at her home. She was born Pauline Elizabeth Swan, Jan. 18, 1927, in Worcester, Mass., daughter of Paul Richard and Viola (Bjork) Swan.
She graduated from College of Wooster with a major in art and a minor in geology. She taught fourth grade for many years in South Hadley, Mass. She and her first husband had four children. In 1987 she retired to move to Pretty Marsh and a house she designed near her son, Bill, and his family. “Non” loved her children and grandchildren, and kept in contact with them as much as she could, whether they lived next door on the farm or out of state. Not long after moving to Maine, she met the great love of her life, Cyril “Bud” Johnson. They were married in 1991 and enjoyed 21 years of happiness together. In marrying Bud she also became the stepmother of his five wonderful sons, and “Non” to their children and grandchildren. She was a keen observer and great student of nature, an avid gardener and loved keeping a flock of chickens and feeding the birds. She almost always had a dog and a cat. As a teacher she was often brought hurt – and even clearly deceased – birds and other animals because she was rumored to be able to nurture them back to health. Her gift as an artist produced many works of art, including paintings, Mount Desert Island Marathon banners and wonderful illustrations on bedroom walls, sweatshirts and ties for her children and grandchildren. She volunteered and participated in many local community organizations, including among others, Somesville Library, Women’s Literary Club, Somesville Union Meeting House and Pretty Marsh Community Association. Her signs announcing events appeared on the island for years and some are still used. She was quite “spirited” and could have strong opinions, but had a great sense of humor and a dazzling smile. She was a great cook and loved keeping the traditions of her heritage, including the annual Christmas Eve Smorgasbord.
Paulie is survived by her husband; and children: son, Bill Ferm and wife, Nin, of Mount Desert, and their children, Ned, Nils, Jacob, Billy and Carl; daughter, Linnea West and husband, John, of Memphis, Tenn., and their children, Vi and Jenny; son, Bob Ferm of Princeton, Mass., and his children, Abby and Bobby; Dave Johnson and his wife, Trish, of Eatonton, Ga., and his children, Teddy, Teth-any, Michael, Rachael and Heather; Doug Johnson of Quartzsite, Ariz., and daughter, Missy, and grandson, Ethan and granddaughter, Grace; Dan Johnson and wife, Cindy, of Mount Desert, and their children, Craig, Alex and Sam; Don Johnson and wife, Diane of Mexico, Maine, and their children, Kim and Samantha, and grandchild, Bode; and Dale Johnson and wife, Nancy, of Dover, N.H., and their children, Jen, Jake and Luke. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Betty Swan of New Fairfield, Conn., and family. She was predeceased by her parents; brother, Bill; and daughter, Laurie.
The families are planning a memorial service/celebration of life for Paulie with the time and place to be announced later. They hope to be able to meet and thank her many friends in the area. In lieu of flowers, the families request that contributions be considered to Somesville Library, Mount Desert Nursing Association, Northeast Harbor Ambulance Service or The Ark Animal Shelter. Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com