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July 5, 2013

Sarah Lovina Johnson

Sarah Lovina Johnson

MOUNT UPTON — Sarah Lovina Johnson, 88, of Mount Upton, passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at the Valley View Manor Nursing Home, Norwich.

She was born Jan. 2, 1925, in Bridgewater, the daughter of the late William Amos and Flora Henrietta (Fretts) Ray. Being one of 11 children at the age of 11, Sarah went to live with, Dorr and Lulu House who raised her like their own.

On Nov. 16, 1943, Sarah married William D. Johnson from Gilbertsville in Atlanta, Ga. William was stationed there in the U.S. Army during World War II.

After the war they returned to Gilbertsville to start their life together. While raising her family, Sarah worked odd jobs around the village for “pin money” (as she always said) helping with housekeeping and serving at parties at several homes in the area. She also worked for the “Old Mill” Restaurant in Mount Upton, and the Value Way Grocery and Hutchen’s Drug Store in Gilbertsville.

In November 1972, she lost her husband and the love of her life. After William’s death, Sarah went to work for Bendix Corp. in Sidney until her retirement in 1990.

She enjoyed dancing with her partner of 24 years, Herb Drake. She loved the companionship she received from her little dog, Chipper, but most of all she loved her family and the time spent with them all.

Sarah is survived by her daughter, Dianne and Dennis Fay of Otego; son, Richard (Dick) and Jeri Johnson of Gilbertsville; two granddaughters, Lindsey (Johnson) Burke of Holloman, AFB, N.M., and Amanda Johnson of Gilbertsville; one grandson, Jeremy Funke of Norwich; two stepgrandsons, Mike Doescher of Gilbertsville and Dylan Fay of Franklin; three great-grandchildren, William Burke of New Mexico, Draven and Trenton Fay of Franklin; one brother, Leon Ray of Unadilla; special friend, Herb Drake of Mount Upton; her beloved dog, Chipper; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

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