In memory of
Barbara Johnson Mar. 28, 1918 ~ Jan. 8, 2015 Portola Valley, California Barbara Allen Johnson, 96, a resident of Portola Valley for more than 50 years died peacefully on January 8, 2015. A dedicated class assistant in 1st grade for years, she loved Ormondale School and helped young residents both at school and as a home tutor. She mentored disabled children. She was a friend of Portola Valley Library and active in the local informal jigsaw puzzle swap. She walked daily and shopped at the local markets. She made time to chat. As a member of the Stanford community, she volunteered at the Stanford Treasure Market and the thrift shop on campus, raising funds for the Children's Hospital. Barbara Allen grew up in Wilmington Massachusetts and graduated from Simmons College in Boston. While at Simmons, she met her beloved Bill (William Summer Johnson) who was attending Harvard. They married and moved to Wisconsin and then to Stanford where Bill taught organic chemistry. They made Portola Valley their home in 1960 but her heart never completely left Wilmington, Mass. She loved and was loved by Portola Valley, her friends, her cousins, and the animals, and all of the outdoors that she explored every day. She was devoted to her adopted pets from animal rescue, miniature house collections and oil painting. She is survived by her cousins, Carlyn Ellms of N. Falmouth MA, Chip Ellms of Ballston Spa, NY and George Lindholdt of Muir Beach, CA.
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