Carmen (Carrier) Johnson

September 17, 1932 ~ July 18, 2019 (age 86)


Carmen C. Johnson of Gray, Tennessee, 272 Holland View Drive died peacefully at 86 years old on July 18, 2019 surrounded by family that she loved, in her home where she spent countless hours gardening, lounging and reading on her shaded garden deck.

She was born September 17, 1932 in Middlesex Vermont, the 7th daughter of a robust farming family, Louis and Gracia Sevigny Carrier.

She lived a time when she skied or rode horses to school in Washington, Vermont from the dairy farm she grew up on.

On October 24, 1953, she married Reynold Otto Johnson and had four beautiful children.

They lived in Burlington, Lyndonville, and Barre, Vermont before moving to Thompsonville, Connecticut in 1966 and later moving to Torrington, Connecticut in 1968, where she would live until 2006, moving to Gray, Tennessee.

She was best known as a hairdresser, but she was so much more.  She was a gardener, landscaper, (the lawn mower had to repaired two weeks before her death so she could mow the lawn)seamstress, wall paperer, plumber, electrician, painter, mason, builder, interior decorator, factory worker, school bus driver, cook (when the smoke alarm went off, dinner was ready) She had a wonderful laugh and LOVED to talk. (Once dialing a wrong number by mistake, she talked for a half hour) But to her family, she was only known as ‘Mom’, ‘Grandma’, ‘Mimi’.

Survivors of her cooking include, Derek & Diane Johnson, Johnson City, TN, Aleta and Ron Higgins, Mountain City, TN, Kurt and Pinky Johnson, Torrington, CT, Tarrie and Steven Marhefsky, Goshen, CT.

Grandchildren, Shane Johnson, Korey Johnson, Brooke Johnson, and Sydney Marhefsky. Step-grandchildren, Scott Foy, Michael Foy, Jeremy Higgins, and Derek Higgins and several step-great grandchildren.

Sister, Cecile Brown of Gardnerville, NV. Sister-in-laws, Dorothy Carrier of Washington, VT, Doreen Weekes of Barre, VT and Constance Johnson of Burlington, VT. A brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Judy Johnson of Barre, VT. And many many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Reynold Johnson, and brothers, Raymond, Armand and Robert Carrier, sisters, Madeline Bisson, Theresa Ziter, Claire Chaloux, and Florence Denison.

Special thanks to the Mountain State/ Ballad Hospice, volunteers and especially a kindred spirit who helped her celebrate her last two years, Dianna Holloway.

There are no calling hours.

A Mass will be held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Harwinton, CT. July30, 2019 at 10:00 AM

Memorial contributions may be made to the (DAV) Disabled American Veterans.


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Mass of Christian Burial
July 30, 2019

10:00 AM
Immaculate Heart of Mary Church
78 Litchfield Rd
Harwinton, CT 06791

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