Elizabeth Mae "Betty" Johns

  • Born: May 29, 1938
  • Died: August 15, 2017
  • Location: Essex, Connecticut

Robinson, Wright & Weymer

34 Main St
Centerbrook, CT 06409

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Elizabeth Mae (Miller) Johns "Betty", 79, of Essex, passed away on August 15, 2017 surrounded by her husband of 60 years and her 5 children after losing her brief but aggressive battle with cancer. Betty was born in New London, CT on May 29, 1938 and raised in Old Lyme. She was married to John Johns on July 27, 1957. Betty worked as an aid at the Essex Rest Home and as a sales associate at The Red Balloon before finding the work that she enjoyed the most, a para-professional at Essex Elementary School. In addition to her husband, Betty is survived by her 5 children Bonnie Sharky (Steve Sharky) of Leominster, MA; John D. Johns of Essex; Karen Thomas (John Sutton) of Lyme; Paul Johns (Linda Steindl) of Essex; Anne Russell (Chris Russell) of Dunedin, FL; 11 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Betty is preceded in death by her parents James and Dorothy Miller of Old Lyme; her sister Marion Manee of Ivoryton; and her niece Terri Manee of Ivoryton. Visitation will be held at the Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home, 34 Main Street in Centerbrook on Monday, August 21st from 5:00 PM to7:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Joseph's Church, 48 Middlesex Avenue in Chester on Tuesday, August 22nd at 11:00 AM followed by a reception at the Saint Joseph's Parish Center. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Betty's name may be made to Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 14 Prospect Street, Essex, CT, 06426 or to the Visiting Nurses of the Lower Valley, 61 Main Street, Suite 5, Centerbrook, CT, 06409. To share a memory of Betty or send a condolence to her family, please visit www.rwwfh.com.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Ms. Johns. Draw close to God in prayer in your time of grief as he promises to stay close to you. Romans 12:12

Posted by Penny J    August 26, 2017

Betty was a truly special person who brightened your day if you were lucky enough to spend any time with her. She brought sunshine into so many lives and we will miss her.

Posted by Anne, Campbell and Elena Hudson - Essex, CT - Friend   August 24, 2017

So very saddened to hear of Betty's passing. I knew Betty from at least three of the hats she wore so well. As a mother at parent conferences, a friendly face at the Red Balloon, and a conscientious paraprofessional. It was wonderful sharing the day with her as the other adult in the classroom of first graders! She will be missed.

Posted by Judith (Pavelka) Adamcyk - Essex, CT - Friend   August 23, 2017

Dear John and Family we are so saddened to learn of Betty's passing. She was an amazing person, mother and wife. She always had a smile and happy

She will be so missed.

Donna & Strick Hyde

Posted by Donna Hyde - Essex, CT - Friend   August 22, 2017

Paul, Linda and Family:

I am so very sorry for your loss and hoping you can take some comfort from the friends that are surrounding you with love during this time.

Donna Goodspeed

Posted by Donna Goodspeed - East Hampton, CT - Friend   August 21, 2017

I'm very sorry for your loss, Karen. Please know I am here if you need to talk, or anything.

Posted by Iris P - New Britain, CT - friend   August 21, 2017

I had the pleasure of growing up with Betty and her family following the Sailing Masters of 1812 where her husband John and my father were members. She was such a joy to be around and spend so much of my youth with. R.I.P.

Posted by Stephen Phillips - Ivoryton, CT - Friend   August 21, 2017

God bless

Posted by Chris Shane    August 20, 2017

At the 8:30 a.m. Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows, Betty and John would sit at one end of the pew and we at the other end. We will miss seeing her and her grace filled, gentle smile that she always shared with everyone. This photo of her captures it so beautifully and we were so Blessed to be her friend. We are so sorry for your loss. She will never be forgotten♥

Posted by Marsha & Harry Rollinson - Chester, CT - Friend   August 20, 2017

My love and sympathies to ALL in the Johns family. Betty was the brightest light for so many of us.
Linda Trawick

Posted by Linda Trawick - Old Saybrook, CT - Friend   August 19, 2017

Oh Betty. You fought the good fight. Now may you rest in peace. I will miss you so much. You are such a dear person. I am so glad that you were part of my life. Love to you.
Linda Trawick

Posted by Linda Trawick - Old Saybrook, CT - Friend   August 19, 2017

To all of Betty's beautiful family; her world, her pride and joy. My thoughts and prayers go out to each of you at this very sad time. Betty was one of our "ladies night out" group and was so much fun to be with. I will cherish those memories always. May all your beautiful memories comfort you in the days ahead.

Posted by Bonnie Cerruti - ivoryton, CT - Friend   August 19, 2017

It is with deep sadness that I extend my sincerest condolences to the entire Johns family. Our family has lost one of the truly good people that God put on this earth. No matter how old we are, we are never ready to lose a parent. They are so much a part of who we are that their loss leaves a void in our lives that is difficult to fill. Take some comfort in the fact that Betty' s love for her family will always be with you. Feel her presence in every day. Let the wonderful memories you have of her sustain you in the difficult days ahead. I have no doubt that all of the Welch girls have welcomed her with open arms and she will be well cared for by all those we've loved who are now part of our Heavenly family. May God grant you peace and comfort in your time of sorrow.

Posted by Cindy (Nucci) Parker - Storrs, CT - Family   August 19, 2017

Bonnie and Steve, I am so sorry to hear about your mom. You are all in my prayers.

Posted by Alice Marshall-Wicke - Portland, CT   August 19, 2017

Betty you will forever be in my heart.

Posted by Kathy Bosco - Ivoryton, CT - Friend   August 18, 2017

We are so sad to hear that Betty has lost her life....she was a sweet, unassuming and gentle woman who will be missed very much. Remembering her at Martha & Mary luncheons at church is a fond memory of her volunteering spirit to help out whenever she could. May she Rest In Peace.

Posted by Margy & Terry Bane - Chester, CT - Friend   August 18, 2017

My sister in law Betty Johns was very special, kind gracious, loving and lived her life with her priorities, Faith, Family and Friends. Memories of her gentle good nature and thoughtfulness to everyone she knew. We met at 17 and 19 and married within 7 months of each other, both married to the Johns brothers for 60 years. Roger and I celebrate her and to quote Roger, "she was a Wonderful woman".

Posted by Dottie Johns - Milford, CT - Family   August 18, 2017


Our thoughts and prayers are with your family, Betty was a wonderful person and will be missed.

Posted by Rick and Sandi McCurdy - Friend   August 18, 2017

My deepest sympathy to Betty's family....she was a lovely lady and will be missed by all who knew her...my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Posted by Ginger Zeleznicky - Ivoryton, CT - Friend   August 18, 2017

Betty was a very sweet, kind person, and I enjoyed knowing her for many years, in Essex, and at the Elementary School, where we both worked for a long time. My sincere condolences to all her family members, and especially John. She will be missed by many.

Posted by Shirley Malcarne - Essex, CT - Friend   August 18, 2017

Sending my prayers and condolences at this very sad time.. lots of love, Carol Olsen

Posted by Carol Olsen - Clinton, CT - Friend   August 18, 2017


We are so saddened by Betty's passing. Ruth Mark, Lisa have many memories to share with her family as part of the "life" of the Sailing Masters of 1812.

Our deepest condolences and our prayers go out to John and his entire family.

Ruth is terribly saddened at the loss of another member of "The Committee".

May she now Rest in Peace!

The Chiaramonte Family

Posted by Salvatore Chiaramonte - Family Friend   August 18, 2017