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Victoria Hartley Johnston, 67
PORTLAND -- Victoria Hartley Johnston, 67, passed away on April 2, 2013, at Mercy Hospital due to complications following emergency surgery to repair a perforated ulcer.
Vicky was born in Toledo, Ohio and grew up in Indianapolis, Ind. She attended Tudor Hall School in Indianapolis and Elmira College in New York. She lived in Massachusetts for most of her adult life, and met her future husband there. She also spent part of every summer at her family's cottage on Great Cranberry Island. She was married to her husband there in 1970.
Vicky worked as a newspaper
, a fund-raiser, and, after earning her MBA degree from Simmons College in Boston, she worked as a budget administrator for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In 2009, after she and her husband both had retired, they moved to Portland.
Vicky enjoyed sailing, gardening, cooking, and many other pursuits. She volunteered for several charitable and non-profit organizations over the years, such as Habitat for Humanity, the League of Women Voters, and the Colonial Dames of America. In the Great Cranberry Island community, she devoted her much of her time working for the Historical Society, the Library, and the Tennis Club. Vicky was also very active in the churches she belonged to, both in Andover, Mass., Portland, and Great Cranberry Island.
Vicky is survived by her husband of 42 years, Chris Johnston; her children, Margaret (Meg) Johnston of Tewksbury, Mass., and Alexander C. Johnston of Hoboken, N.J.; her sisters, Holly Hartley of Berkeley, Calif., and Grace Hartley of Indianapolis; her daughter-in-law, Kathryn Valenta; and her granddaughter, Olivia Johnston of Hoboken.
There will be a memorial service at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke, 143 State St., Portland, on Saturday, April 20, at 3 p.m., with a reception to follow. Arrangements are under the care of Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St., Portland.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Planned Parenthood (
or the Cranberry Isles Realty Trust P.O. Box 4
Cranberry Isles, Maine 04625 (
Jones, Rich & Hutchins
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Apr. 7, 2013
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"I was so shocked to learn of Vicky's death from the Ellsworth American. She and I were in the same..."
- Gail Ladd
"Dear Chris. It is with great shock and sadness that I read of Vicky's untimely death a couple of weeks..."
"I remember a very funny, very generous woman. Love and prayers for all the Johnstons."
- Chris Weinkopf
"Our thoughts and prayers are with you all, Chris, from all your friends at The Andover Thrift Shop. ..."
- Frances Jennings Dodson
"She was a wonderful, warm, kind person, and we have very fond memories of her. We will remember her with..."
- Thalia Charles
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