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Annie H. (Whitty) Johnson

Annie H. (Whitty) Johnson
  • February 12, 1933 - December 8, 2017
  • Melrose, Massachusetts
  • St. Mary's School Scholarship Fund
    4 Myrtle St.
    Melrose, MA 02176

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“To Dave, Karen and the Johnson Family,So sorry for your loss. May your many good memories give you some comfort. The Gass Family ”
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“Lynne deepest sympathy to you and your family. Sorry I could not attend services. ~ Karen ”
2 of 5 | Posted by: Karen Walsh - Peabody, MA

“Steve,Condolences to you and your family. God Bless. ”
3 of 5 | Posted by: Joe Nerden

“Steve and Family,We were deeply saddened to hear about the loss of your dear mother and grandmother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. With...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: David LaPusata - Billerica, MA

“For the whole Johnson family,I would like to express my sincere sorrow for your loss! I am sorry that I can't attend your Mom's service, but please...Read More »
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Annie H. Johnson -- Entered eternal life on December 8, 2017. Annie was the daughter of the late James F. Whitty and Laura (Grant) Whitty. Her parents were from Prince Edward Island, Canada, where she often visited as a child. PEI was one of her favorite places, and she visited every year for many years. Annie thoroughly enjoyed her Irish heritage.

Annie married the late Gerald F. Johnson in 1954 and together they had eight children. The house was always active and the kitchen never closed. Annie was an excellent cook. There was always a meal ready for anyone who stopped in. The family had a huge farm in Haverhill which provided enormous quantities of produce. Annie became adept at canning vegetables, and she made fantastic relish and tomato sauce. Baked beans were her signature dish, which she loved to bring to family gatherings. Her homemade bread was famous!

Besides cooking, Annie was an outstanding seamstress. She made clothes for herself, her family, and others. She even made doll clothes for her daughters. She made prom dresses, bridesmaid dresses, wedding gowns and Halloween costumes. She was the go-to if you needed to hem a pair of pants, mend a broken zipper or alter a suit. She was brilliantly creative.

Although Annie held several jobs during her life, she will always be remembered for her love of children. In addition to her own, Annie babysat many children through the years. Jimmy Kiely was at the house so much we thought he was another brother. With every new baby she would exclaim, "it's the most beautiful baby I've ever seen!" We liked to tease her about that. She was consistently kind and generous.

Annie was the mother of Karen, Lynne and her husband Gary Tipson, Stephen and his wife Lauri, David and his wife Karen, Gail, Michelle, Kristin and her husband John Foley, and Daniel and his wife Deanna. She was the sister of Mary McLean, Lorraine Drew, James Whitty and his wife Jean, and the late Joan Powers. She leaves behind her grandchildren Emma, Heather and Audrey Tipson; Catherine and Anna Johnson; Lauren, Michael, Brian and Kathleen Johnson; Jason and David Smith; Evan Johnson; Luke and Karaline Foley; and Lyanna, Mikey, Helen and Cullain Johnson. Annie had so many loving nieces, nephews and friends.

Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 12 from 4 – 8 pm at the Gately Funeral Home in Melrose. A Funeral Mass will be held will be held at Saint Mary's Church in Melrose on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 10:00 am, and interment at Wyoming Cemetery. A gathering for family and friends will be held at the Knights of Columbus in Melrose following the burial. The family would like to thank the staff and nurses at Care One Nursing Home in Wilmington for their care and dedication to Annie. Donations may be made in Annie's name to Saint Mary's Scholarship fund, or a charity of your choice. Annie leaves us rich in memories.