Joann Northam Johnson


Mrs. Joann Northam Johnson, 90, wife of the late Martin Eugene Johnson and a resident of Onancock, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, at Commonwealth Senior Living (formerly Hermitage on the Eastern Shore). Born Aug. 14, 1929, in Hopeton, she was the daughter of the late Samuel L. Northam and Savilla Mason Northam.

Mrs. Johnson graduated from Parksley High School, Class of 1946. Throughout her life she remained devoted to her faith and Christian values and was a longtime member of Market Street United Methodist Church. Mrs. Johnson actively volunteered and participated in church events and activities and was a member of the Dennis Ayres Circle of the United Methodist Women and the New Force Sunday School class. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Temperanceville Chapter No. 88 and Onancock Chapter No. 82, where she served five terms as worthy matron. Mrs. Johnson was a loving mother and nanny and will be greatly missed by her adoring family.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary Jean Johnson Massey and husband, Michael, and son, Lee Eugene Johnson and wife, Phyllis, all of Onancock; grandchildren, Melanie Jean Massey Bramlett and husband, Chad, of Fayetteville, Ark., Meredith Jeannette Massey, of Prairie Grove, Ark., and Matthew Lee Johnson and wife, Jennifer, of Greensboro, N.C.; and great-granddaughters, Adelyn and Quinn Bramlett.

Private interment was held at the Fairview Lawn Cemetery Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, followed by a memorial service at Commonwealth Senior Living with the Rev. J. Barton Weakley and the Rev. Robert Fletcher officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Market Street United Methodist Church, 75 Market Street, Onancock, VA 23417.

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Arrangements were made by the Williams-Onancock Funeral Home.

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