Merlin (Davis) Johnson | obituary

Merlin “Lynn” (Davis) Johnson Rutland – Merlin Della “Lynn” (Davis) Johnson, 88, died peacefully Tuesday, March 8, 2022 in Yarmouth, Maine, near her two daughters. She has been there since August 2021 to continue her aphasia rehabilitation as a result of her two lashes in July 2021. Although her stroke recovery did not progress as hoped, she had no physical limitations or pain, and had love and support. family. Lane came into this world during the Great Depression, on June 9, 1933, the eldest child of Robert Fifield Davis, a dairy farmer, and his wife Elsie “Sunny” Sund Davis, in Rutland Town, Vermont. Lynn attended Mill Village one-room school for grades 1-7, then transferred to Rutland Schools for grades 8-12, graduating in 1951. She attended former Green Mountain Junior College in Pulteney, Vermont, and earned a degree as a medical secretary in 1953. She married Lynne of Lyman W. Johnson of Rutland in 1954, who was then a student at Tufts University School of Dentistry. Lynn will live her whole life within a few miles of her childhood home, apart from college and early years of marriage while Lyman completed dental school. While in the Boston area, Lynn was highly regarded as medical secretary to the esteemed obstetrician-gynecologist Beacon Hill, who developed labor and delivery protocols. When her husband established his dental practice in Rutland in 1956, Lynn began the seemingly simple career of a mother and housewife, including these, among many jobs: family budget manager, bill payer, housekeeper, mother of two girls, closet sewer Apparel, party planner, piano lesson implementer, student skate teacher, PTA member, VAC volunteer, occasional caregiver for her father-in-law, tennis player, skater and snowboarder, bridge player, daily home cook, and frequent gourmet chef and entertainer, the couple active friends . Lynn was a young wife/mother/woman with many interests and talents. It was a well-established preserver of fruit and garden products. She had an aware eye for interior design, gardens, and what suited her home and family’s lifestyle. She had an innate talent for choosing the perfect colors and materials, finding treasures from bargaining grounds, sewing curtains and covers, drawing tulle, and creating floral arrangements. She cherished her many friends, from schoolgirl girlfriends to the bridge club. She had a great appreciation for the arts, travel, history, and culture. Later in her life, she will have another opportunity to indulge in those interests. Lynn has always been a willing volunteer with nonprofit organizations, community projects, or a friend who is sick or grieving. She was honored last year for her active 50-year membership in the Rutland Garden Club. Lynn has served on the Floral Committee at the Grace Congregational UCC for decades, purchasing and arranging flowers and then delivering them to sick devotees at home or in a hospital. After her marriage ended, Lane received her “greatest gift” as Jack Shackelford. They have shared a quarter of a century as best friends, travel and golf companions, bridge partners, and an engagement of over 20 years. They have satisfied bucket lists of travel abroad and cross-country visits to friends and relatives. For many years, Tecosta, Florida, became their winter home, which earned them the second neighborhood of special friends. Jack’s death in May 2014 after a prolonged illness was devastating, but Lynn would persevere. Despite Lin’s small frame and gentle eyes, she was an unexpected force of nature. Her violent independence, diabolical sense of humor and Swedish stubbornness carried her through tough challenges, but helped keep her steady in the home she shared and loved with Jack. Even as Covid has made the past two years lonely and isolated for all, Lynn has found solace in her familiar and beloved surroundings, being supported by the Southern Vermont Council on Aging, her family and friends. Lynn is survived by two daughters, Holly Johnson and Cindy Johnson Asherman, and her husband, David. great-grandson of Davis, his wife Sarah, and great-grandson of Ravi; grandson of Reed Asherman; Brother Ralph Davis and wife Doris; nephew of Todd and niece of Lexi; ex-husband, Lyman Johnson; Nephews, Greg and Jay Johnson. A celebration of Lynn’s life will be held on a date yet to be determined. Please plan to make a smile and share your best adventure stories. Donations in memory of Lynn may be made to: Foley Cancer Center, RRMC, 160 Allen St., Rutland, VT 05701; Or Rutland County Humane Society, 765 Stevens Road, Pittsford, VT 05763.


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