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July 17, 2013 1:01 pm Category: Bridgewater, News, Obituaries 7 Comments A+ / A-

BRIDGEWATER — On Sunday July 14, Jessica Ann Johnson left to be in the company of her mother in heaven. Her infectious laughter will forever be echoing the skies above, reminding us of this beautiful spirit that has touched so many.
She was born on Feb. 4, 1978 in Rutland, daughter of Mark and Dona Johnson. Jessica was the youngest of three children.
She graduated from WUHS in 1996 and received an associate’s degree from Castleton State College in 1998 then moved to New York State. Several years later her journey brought her to Tahoe, Calif., where she spent many days seeking out life’s greatest pleasures in hiking, swimming, camping and being in the great outdoors. She was an avid snowboarder and a big fan of trap shooting. Friends gravitated toward Jessica because she was always up for an adventure.
In her travels Jess adopted a pit-bull dog that instantly became her greatest ally. She spent time doing community service by bringing “Bella Dona” to retirement homes for animal therapy. She shared great compassion for animals and animal rights. Her infectious smile and crocked side-lipped comments were utterly hilarious and always on cue. It was part of her nature to speak easy, break a silence or drop a witty joke. Her friends knew her for her ability to be caring, real and always a reasonable voice without judgment. She had the gift of finding the good in all people and the rare ability to forgive under all circumstances. Jessica had incredible perception and awareness that aged her well beyond her years. Most recently Jessica had been living in Burlington. She worked full time at a Juvenile Corrections facility where she had opportunities to give back to the community. She participated in volunteer work at the ACT One program as well as within the state prison system. Jessica was dedicated to giving back to the community. Jess holds a place in the hearts of many from the East to West Coast.
Survivors include her father Mark, brother Ben and pit-bull named Rosie of Bridgewater, and sister and brother in-law Angela and Gene Graves of Oregon. Jessica is also survived by a number of close friends she considered her family, all of whom will be forever grateful for the memories that remain.
She was predeceased by her mother, Dona Johnson.
A drug and alcohol free celebration of life in honor of our sister Jessica will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, at the farm of Wib Putnam located just off from route 100A in Bridgewater. Family and friends are encouraged to bring a small dish to share, lawn chairs, pictures, stories and memories, along with instruments to be played.
In lieu of flowers, her family kindly requests donations are made in honor of Jessica to the Neighbors Helping Neighbors of Bridgewater Vermont PO Box 39 Bridgewater, VT 05034.

This obituary first appeared in the July 18, 2013 print edition of the Vermont Standard.


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  • Linda Caruso

    Jessica was part of our family from the time she was 16 years old, most recently, a year ago when she came to live with me for a short time, to collect herself and get a plan together to move forward. I knew both of her parents, and her mom Dona was my daughter Casey’s preschool teacher. Jess was too young to have to have lost her mother when she did, and she went from being the baby sister, to the role of caretaker – which came naturally to her, with the tender heart she always had. Casey and I shall miss her beautiful smile, her contagious laugh, and her cherished spirit. Our only consolation is the hope that she has been reunited with her mom. We certainly will keep Jess’ memory and her love of dogs at the forefront from here on out.

  • June Wilson

    Ben,
    I was saddened to hear of Jessica’s death. She was always one of my
    favorite students at WUHS. I am glad that I had along visit with her
    just last year. She was still the delightful funny girl that I had taught in
    Home Ec.
    My deepest sympathy, June Wilson

  • Greg Blake

    I’m really not sure what to say, I don’t think anybody does at times like these. I could always see her Mom in her face, a perfect combination of Mark and Dona. She is with her Mom now and all the family members and friends that have passed on to the next life. Everybody believes what they believe about life after death, for me, I choose to believe that as long as the memories of Jess live on in the hearts and souls of those that loved her and the people that she touched through her life then she will never die. She is still with us all in spirit. I believe that, but it’s still hard to accept. The Blake family, all of us, send our deepest condolences, prayers and love to Mark, Angela, Ben and the entire Johnson family.

  • Vanessa Macia Maxham

    This news is shocking and so sad. I went to high school with her and college. We hadn’t seen each other for many years, but I can still remember her smile, even now. She was always funny and always honest.
    Thinking of her family and close friends at this time…..

  • Vanessa Macia Maxham

    This news is shocking and very sad. I went to high school and college with Jess. She was always funny and always honest. We hadn’t seen each other in many years, but can still remember her smile now.
    Thinking of her family and close friends at this time…..

  • Jared Hall

    Such sad news. I feel fortunate to have run into Jess at Ramuntos with my family last summer after many years of not seeing each other. It seemed as if she hadn’t changed at all since high school- smiling the whole time, making wise cracks. It was as if no time had passed at all! My condolences to Jess’ family and her closest friends. She will be missed.

  • Deborah Morse

    Our heartfelt prayers and condolences go out to Jessica’s family. We will forever miss her presence in Chateauguay, though we will feel her in the sunshine. Love, the Morse family.

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