Brattleboro - Veronica “Ronny” Elizabeth Johnson, 76, died Tuesday morning, December 25, 2018 at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital surrounded by family and friends.
Ronny was born on October 14, 1942 in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of Hyatt Howe and Louise Feather Waggoner. Her family moved to Barrington, Rhode Island in 1956 where her father taught at Brown University. The family spent every summer at Red House, their grandparents’ 19th century farmhouse in Rochester, Vermont.
Ronny graduated from Middlebury College in 1964 and moved to New York City to attend NYU, receiving an MA in English Literature.
After graduate school, she worked as a copy editor in New York. She met Edward Darlington “Ted” Johnson, whom she married in 1967. Their son Christopher Bradford Johnson was born in 1972. Her family moved to Brattleboro in 1984 where Ted and Ronny pursued freelance editing careers.
Ronny was very active in the town of Brattleboro. She was a member of the Brattleboro School Board, served as a Library Trustee, was on the Charter Review Commission, the Planning Commission, and the Development Review Board. She was also a Justice of the Peace and a longtime Town Meeting member.
As a member of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, she served on many parish committees, including the Vestry.
Gardening gave Ronny much joy. Her exquisite garden on Wantastiquet Drive was on the Southern Vermont Garden Tour.
Her love of music led her to become a committed member of the Brattleboro Community Chorus. She also served as Trustee of the Brattleboro Music Center.
Ronny was a loving companion to her cats and dogs, including most recently Fergus, Mitzie and Dusty. She will be remembered by many as an avid reader and a member of several book groups.
She was a complicated person with strong opinions about many matters, public and private, which she was unafraid to express. She was a loyal friend and loving mother.
Ronny was predeceased by her husband, Ted, in 2002 and her son, Christopher, in 2017. She is survived by her sister, Jane LoMonaco, her niece, Marcia LoMonaco, and good friends, Jane Southworth, Nancy Barber, Peggy Outcalt, Naida McSherry and Diana Bingham, among many others.
A memorial service will be held at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Brattleboro on February 16th at 11:00 a.m. Burial will take place in the spring in the family plot in Rochester, Vt.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be sent in her name to Windham County Humane Society, P.O. Box 397, Brattleboro, VT 05302, Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St., Brattleboro, VT 05301, or to St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 16 Bradley Ave., Brattleboro, VT 05301.