Johnson, Edna “Eddy” Marie age 93 of Plymouth died January 18, 2020. Preceded in death by her husband, Donald Esping Johnson and daughter, Lisa Fortin. Survived by daughter, Kirsten Johnson; grandson, Christian Fortin; great-granddaughters, Kaya and Mia; sister, Winifred Lynde. Eddy was born in Rhode Island in 1926. She was one of three girls from a Swedish family who settled in Portsmouth. It was Eddy’s grandparents who came over from Sweden. Growing up in Rhode Island offered Eddy the opportunity to observe the cultured ways of America’s wealthiest families. Eddy took to those habits and acquired skills as a horseback rider, a pianist, and a painter. She married Donald Esping Johnson, a Midwesterner serving in the Navy; they met at a USO dance. They moved back to the Midwest where they had two daughters. Eddy became an accomplished painter and was known to many for her skilled renderings of Minnesota’s natural features. She loved writing and frequently penned poetry and short notes for community newspapers. Eddy was an avid lover of operas; she taught herself Italian and Spanish in order to read opera librettos. Above all, Eddy was a lady, poised and always elegant. In her later years, Eddy had the greatest pleasure of knowing her great-granddaughters, Mia now 9 and Kaya 14. Memorial service 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Peace Lutheran Church, 3695 County Road 101 N. Plymouth with visitation one hour prior to the service at church. Reception to follow the service. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the International Fund for Animal Welfare, 290 Summer Street, Yarmouth Port, MA 02675
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