Wilma E. Johnson, 86, died Dec. 29, 2009, peacefully at her home as she wished. She was the wife of Arthur F. Johnson, who predeceased her.

Wilma was born in Jackson June 2, 1923, daughter of William H. and Bertha (Flannery) Amsden.

Wilma and Arthur lived in Thorndike for more than 60 years and celebrated their 50th anniversary in 1993. Wilma was a homemaker who worked in Brooks and Freedom in the cannery factories. She and her husband ran a greenhouse for more than 25 years.

Wilma enjoyed gardening, flowers, crafts and sewing, making lap robes, ditty bags and table favors for the Togus Veterans Home. She served her town as a school board director, town clerk, chairman of the Republican Party and was serving as the current vice chairman. She was also a member of the Jackson Congregational Church, where she served as a deacon.

Wilma also was a member of the VFW 3108 of Belfast. She was presented with a lifetime membership card and pin by the Benjamin-Berry Post 50 American Legion Auxiliary, which was among her proudest accomplishments. She received her 60-year pin from the Auxiliary in 2008. Wilma first joined the Grant Staples Unit 183 in Brooks. She received the Distinguished Service Award, presented to her by the late Dan Lambert in 1974. In this department, she served as 4th District president (1963), department historian (1968), was a counselor at Girl’s State for 11 years, was president of the Grant Staples Auxiliary and was a president of Waldo County Council.

Wilma was also a member of the Royal 92 Rebekahs of Monroe and received the Decoration of Chivalry in 2001. She was also a member of the Monroe Extension, the Tri County Button Club, Troy Senior Citizens, Thorndike Fire Department Auxiliary and the Red Hat Society.

Wilma was predeceased by her parents; three sisters, Beulah Ward, Helen Gill and Nina Marriner; and a very precious granddaughter, Trisha Johnson.

Wilma is survived by a sister, Eleanor Bennett, of Waldo; Wilma’s devoted children and their wives, Richard and Dorothy Johnson of Jackson and William and Linda Johnson of Thorndike; her beloved grandchildren, Tanya and Everett Williams of Jackson, Gene and Tammy Johnson of Jackson, Jason and Heidi Johnson of Unity, Julie and John Evenson of Portage, Alaska, Travis and Patty Johnson of Thorndike, Heidi and Joe Danna of Jackson, Holly and Ray St. Onge of Jackson, Wayne Johnson of Rockland, Tobey Johnson of Rockland, Brian, Aaliyah and Jenna Johnson of Thorndike; great-grandchildren Natasha and Caleb Johnson of Jackson, Arthur, Audrey and Arika Williams and Armia Curtis of Jackson, Mert and Joey Danna of Jackson, Sam and Anna St. Onge of Jackson, Alyson Johnson of Thorndike, Melissa Saucier of Berwick; and a great-great-granddaughter, Lilly Ann Tripp, of Berwick. She is also survived by her extended family members, Carol Johnson and Skip Philbrick of Brooks.

Friends and family may call Thursday, Dec. 31 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Crabiel-Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Ave. in Belfast, where a funeral service will be held Saturday, Jan. 2 at 11 a.m. with Liz Sullivan officiating. Interment will follow at Jackson Corner Cemetery.

Online condolences may be placed at crabielripostafuneralhome.com.