Ann Palmer Johnson passed away peacefully at home on November 30, 2020. She was born on February 16, 1943 and grew up in Madison attending school here until her last 2 years of high school, when she attended The Grier School in Pennsylvania. She then attended Colby Sawyer College, in New Hampshire, for 2 years.
Ann was an extraordinary person. An avid traveler, she spent her early twenties discovering Western Europe with a friend, taking jobs along the way to pay for their trip. Upon returning to the U.S. she worked in Boston for 2 years - to pay for her next trip.
This time, with a different friend, she went back to Europe and then to Morocco. In Morocco she decided she wanted to see India, so with a male companion, Ann started a journey that could not be repeated today-hitchhiking across North Africa. After Egypt, they flew over Israel and then visited Libya, Syria and Jordan. Backpacking through the Middle East, they took buses as well as hitchhiking and stayed in youth hostels reaching Persia (now Iran), Afghanistan, Pakistan and down through India.
She travelled on native fishing boats through the Islands of Indonesia (one almost sinking with them on it). Arriving in Australia, she worked for a while at a mining camp in the bush. Ann returned to the U.S.-after finding that her mother was very ill.
In 1970 she met Mike Johnson of North Madison and they were married in 1972. Together they kept travelling when Mike could get away from his business, but in a much more comfortable manner.
Ann served on the board of the Madison Land Conservation Trust. It was primarily through her efforts that the selectman gave the trust the town-owned property now known as the Indian Rock Shelter Trail.
She also served on the board of the Chestnut Hill Concerts. Shortly after its founder Elsa Reddick died, the concert board was going to cancel the concerts. Adamant that the concerts must continue Ann, along with one other board member, managed to put the concert on that year and yearly concerts continue to this day.
Having an interest in everything, she studied painting-watercolor and oil, piano, pottery, quilting, garden design and even horseback riding. A voracious reader, she belonged to 2 book groups.
However, it was in photography that she truly excelled. She had several exhibits of her own and won a number of prizes in juried shows. She could see things in nature that others would overlook. She could photograph patterns in frozen puddles of water, as well as mountains in Alaska. Ann loved the natural world and everything in it.
Ann is survived by her husband Mike, Mike’s son and daughter, Bruce Johnson and Holly Johnson, her sister Lee Wilkinson of Hopewell VA and Lee’s family.
There will be no service, but she would like you to give flowers to a friend, take a walk in the woods, or better yet on an empty beach, think of her and wish her well on her last journey. Arrangements are with the Hawley Lincoln Memorial, Guilford
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