BURLINGTON, formerly of Taftsville — A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 7 at 11 a.m. at the First Congregational Church of Woodstock for Carolyn M. Johnson, 77, who died on Thursday, May 30, surrounded by her husband, Phil Johnson, and her daughters, Jerri Benjamin, Jennifer Brown and Jill Dole, at her home in Burlington. Private committal services will be held by the family at a later date.
Carolyn was born at home on Jan. 15, 1936, on the Mayo Farm in Huntington, daughter of Maurice and Edith (Driver) Moxley.
It was at the Mayo Farm that Carolyn began to develop a lifelong connection to Vermont history, its land and the Vermont people. After moving from Huntington Carolyn, her parents and her brothers, Robert, Stephen and Dale, grew up on the 800 acre Wild Apple Farm in Pomfret. Carolyn attended school in South Pomfret and graduated from Woodstock High School in the wonderful Class of 1953.
Carolyn, was a very caring, loving and dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Carolyn was a nurturing person to young and all. She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Philip “Phil” Johnson; her daughter JerriAnn Benjamin and husband Curt, their children and grandchildren; her daughter Jennifer Brown and husband Russell; her son James Ellis and wife Laura, their children and grandchildren; her daughter Jill Dole and husband Ross, their children and grandchildren. In total, Carolyn is survived by her extensive family consisting of 38 children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, their husbands, wives, and companions. Anticipated get-togethers each year was the “Family Fridays” held most often at Carolyn’s and Phil’s home on the third Friday of each month May through October. Carolyn is also survived by her brothers, Robert Moxley of Eustis, Fla.; Dale Moxley and his wife, Sue, and their daughter, Lea of Eustis, Fla.; and her brother Stephen Moxley and his wife, Sandy, and their son, Matthew, and his wife, Patti, of Windsor.
Carolyn was engaged in the food service profession during her working career. Carolyn worked for many years at the Mount Tom ski area in Woodstock and at the Suicide Six ski area in South Pomfret. For many years Carolyn also worked at the Woodstock Country Club during the summer and fall seasons. After leaving Rock Resorts Carolyn became the manager of the Rumble Seat Rathskeller restaurant in Woodstock, eventually owning the popular restaurant for many years.
Carolyn was active on various Woodstock community boards. She served for many years on the Woodstock Planning Commission, and she was one of the driving forces behind the implementation of the first two-way coordinated radio system for the Woodstock public safety agencies. Carolyn was a member of the Vermont Historical Society.
Throughout her working career, Carolyn was very active in her children’s lives through school athletics and school and church activities.
Carolyn’s true joys were being with her large family, gardening, and especially taking on genealogy research projects for family, friends, and all who asked for research assistance.
Carolyn also leaves her husband Phil’s daughter, Jennifer Calder, her husband Adam Rosen, and their two daughters; and Phil’s daughter, Melissa Johnson Wilson, and her husband, Jim, and their four sons and daughter.
At her core, Carolyn had a deep abiding love of Vermont, its mountains and valleys, and the beautiful Lake Champlain.
Those who had the pleasure of knowing Carolyn were blessed, and they shall never fail to remember what a truly beautiful person she was and her embracing smile and lovely blue eyes. Carolyn gave joy to all she met, and that was her joy and her gift. Through the beautiful Carolyn, the Lord spoke and smiled upon the earth.
Carolyn will be missed by all and will never be forgotten.
Carolyn’s family would like to express their sincere gratitude to all the doctors, nurses and staff at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, and all the nurses and staff at the Chittenden Grand Isle Visiting Nurse Association who were so kind, caring, loving and attentive to Carolyn.
Until we meet again on the other side of Heaven’s Gate, Love and Hugs.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Carolyn’s memory may be made to a charity that is meaningful to you.
This obituary first appeared in the June 6, 2013 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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