Diana K. Johnson
Diana K. Johnson of Middletown, Penn., died Sept. 12, 2009 at Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill.
Born Nov. 27, 1928 in Washington, D.C., Diana was a graduate of Brewster Academy in New Hampshire and studied art at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington. D.C.
Diana was an artist, a raconteur and friend to many. She expressed her artistic talent across a range of media and subjects, from ethereal pastels to hand-painted sneakers. She took part in local Bethel Art fairs on the common.
A vibrant and loving wife and mother, Diana is survived by her husband of 56 years, Glenn; daughters, Caroline Johnson, Virginia Edmiston, and Janet Sorrell; and granddaughter, Rose Edmiston. Also surviving Diana are her sisters, Anita K. Johnson and her daughter, Elizabeth P. Johnson; brother, Roderick D. Kirkpatrick; and nephew James D. Gaunt III. She is also survived by her beloved attack cat James Bond, a foundling of the North Woods. Diana was deeply loved and admired by her family and many friends and will be greatly missed.
Diana was a country girl who liked, no loved, to go to town. She enjoyed the crème horns at the grocery, the fudge at the Maine Line, invested in postcards and oil cloth at Brooks, chatted with the ladies at the P.O., bought flowers at Mountain Greenery, and enjoyed dickering at a yard sale.
She was known for her pies and was first taught how to make a
flaky crust by Gertrude Hutchins of late of Clark Street in Bethel, where Diana's mother, Dorothy Kirkpatrick lived for many years. Her best pies were apple, peach, lemon meringue and chocolate cream.
Though not a native of Maine, Diana was one of the summer people. She came since the age of 13, to swim, to paint, to cook marshmallows and pick blueberries. She shared a wry humor with her friend Bobbi Carter Kuzyk, and enjoyed gardening and day lilies as much as Bobbi's husband, Harry.
The U.S. Post Office suffers financially due to the reduced volume of mail after her passing. She exchanged weather reports with Jan Cross. She sent painted postcards, newspaper clippings, and letters and care packages to friends and family.
She was once featured in the Bethel Citizen with her husband for their antique outhouse. She enjoyed a good yarn, a bawdy joke, and a trip to the dump. She liked to hear local gossip on any day at any time.
She was caught last summer wearing a chocolate smile from Phyllis Cross' whoopie pies. Diana often liked to exaggerate tall tales with Steve Cross, and like Lainey Cross, snapped many photos of happy times.
She was able to exclaim before her passing that “life is wonderful.” We hope that you too can see the same beauty that Diana did. As Betty Connell said: “We'll all meet in the pond.”
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice in Diana's name.