ELLSWORTH – Carolyn Johnston was born in Bar Harbor, the daughter of Arthur (Brud) and Helen MacQuinn on June 19, 1937.
She graduated from Bar Harbor High School, Class of 1955. During her school years, she was active in all aspects of high school life, participating to the fullest. She was a varsity cheerleader, student council member, a Spear Speaking Contest finalist, Y-Teens president, served on the Islander board and was a Football Queen.
Carolyn went on to graduate from Westbrook College, which is now known as New England College, with a degree in medical records management.
In the summer of 1957, she married her husband, Lawrence Johnston (Larry), also a native of Bar Harbor, at St. Saviour’s Church in Bar Harbor. They moved to Brunswick, where he finished his education at Bowdoin College. Carolyn was active in the Bowdoin Wives Club, a group of “gals” that volunteered wherever needed. During their early years, their first house became a weekend “hostel” for girls visiting their sweethearts at Bowdoin.
Larry’s work took the family to Bangor, where Carolyn was a member of the Junior League. Moving to the Burlington, Vt., area in the 1960s, Carolyn was bookkeeper to the Underhill, Vermont School District. In the 1970s, the family located to Ridgefield, Conn. While there, Larry commuted to New York City to continue working for the New York Life Insurance Co. During this time all her children graduated from Ridgefield High School, while enjoying their many travels with mom and dad.
Living in Connecticut, Carolyn worked as a “Kelly Girl” in New York and Connecticut. Her favorite employment was with Standard Brands as the office manager during its merger with Nabisco.
After being away from Maine for 25 years, “just like a salmon” it was time to swim upstream and return home. The family moved to Oak Point in Trenton. They operated the Oak Point Lobster Pound Restaurant, which could not have been done without the early help of their children.
Upon their move to Ellsworth, Carolyn and Larry volunteered for several organizations, and were devotedly active to their beloved Church of Our Father in Hulls Cove.
Carolyn loved to travel, finding new vistas and discovering many adventures here and abroad. She often said, “The GPS directions saved our marriage.”
She celebrated her love of music, art, knitting and the out-of-doors by spending summers at the 97-year-old “green” camp on Beech Hill Pond.
Carolyn died at home on Jan. 19, 2017, and as she wished, she was cared for by hospice and her family.
Carolyn was predeceased by her parents, Helen and Arthur (Brud) MacQuinn, her brother Douglas, special cousin Ronald MacQuinn and her son-in-law Lt. Richard Jacobs.
Carolyn is survived by her husband of 60 years, Lawrence, and their four children; daughter Ann Johnston, and her husband, Pritam Singh, and their children Noah Singh and Simran Johnston of South Woodstock, Vt., son Alexander Johnston and his partner, Dr. Bret Findley, of Burlington, Vt., daughter Lynn Johnston Jacobs and partner, Ben Andrews, and her children Chad, Luke and Molly Jacobs of South Woodstock, Vt., and her son Eric Johnston and his wife, Julie Johnston, of Barnard, Vt.
She is survived by her cousins Marty Reynolds, Rebecca MacQuinn, and the late Ronald MacQuinn’s wife, Barbara. She is also survived by her late brother Douglas’s children, Lisa Tweedee, Karen Shields and Jan Gee, and their caring mother, Lucy Tripsett, by her nephews John Rogers, Ricky Goduti, and James Goduti, and her cousins Peter and Paul Douglas. Carolyn also leaves five step-grandchildren, Siri Kaur, Tyler Reynolds, Charan Kaur, Brian Jacobs and Rebecca Willard.
Services will be held at St. Saviour’s Church in Bar Harbor on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 11 a.m. The service will be followed by a reception in the church’s rectory. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Church of Our Father, P.O. Box 186, Hulls Cove, ME 04644.
Carolyn asks that we say to all: “Make it a good day, and bye-bye!”
Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald Funeral Home, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth.
Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.